So far there have been a wide variety of answers, sort of confirming
that this is a rather difficult area.
Paul, I was thinking to just use the logo I currently have on my
website but I seemed to recall that there was a problem with it, so
I went back to the Trademark Office website and searched again for
it. In fact, the National League (baseball) once used that same
design for their trademark on baseball caps, etc. The mark is "dead"
now, and I thought that meant I could use it with no problem. But my
lawyer said that just because a mark is "dead" doesn't mean it's ok.
We don't know the reason it is dead. It could be because it was
contested somewhere along the line and so they dropped it. It
doesn't seem like a good bet for me to try it.
Jenny, you said "I figure some day, after I'm dead and buried,
someone willlook at these initials and try to track down who they
belong to. Will there be success?"
I'm not sure if that was a rhetorical question or not. But how can
there be success if your mark isn't registered anywhere? And, do you
stamp just your initials or do you also stamp what the metal is?
M'lou, I did find your mark somewhere in my searching. If I could
come up with something I liked, that seems like the way to go.
Trevor suggested I look for a Graphic Designer to help me out, so I
think I may have to do that. (but it seems like I oughtta be able to
do this myself - I'm designing jewelry but I can't come up with a
simple logo design?? sheesh! frustration, anyone?
I've been assuming that it is important to stamp the metal quality
onto your pieces if you want to be taken seriously in the industry
and to become known as making a quality product. And, if you stamp
quality then you must also stamp your Mark. Do you all agree with
Thank you all for your input.
Artisan-made fine jewelry... different!