So you've chosen a name for your startup. You've done a trademark search, and the name appears to be registrable. In addition to filing a federal trademark application, it's important to register the company name as a username on social networking sites like Twitter.
Twitter is the largest microblogging service on the Internet with more than 320 million active users around the world. Twitter allows users to keep up with events in a real-time news feed. The site is particularly popular with younger users, which makes it attractive to brands. So if you're not using Twitter for marketing, then you could be missing out.
What if someone already has your username? You can first try to resolve the issue informally with the user in question. If that doesn't work, then you can fill out this online form.
Please note that submitting a claim of trademark infringement is a serious matter with potential legal consequences. If you’re not sure whether your legal rights are being infringed, then you will need to talk to a trademark lawyer. Twitter will not provide you with any legal advice.
Please also note that Twitter's form asks for federal trademark registration details. Even though a registration is not required to file a claim, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to recover an infringing username without one.
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