I’m in the US, and want to stamp my sterling silver with 925, so I need a stamp for my maker’s mark to identify myself. I have read SO much conflicting information online. I have written to a couple of agencies, and the information wasn’t clear. I was invited to join a group, etc, to get the answer. I’ve gone to the government websites, and there is nothing mentioned of using a name instead of a registered trademark, but quite a few people have said that a name can be used. I really want to get this done, so I will ask my questions here.
Is it true that we can use our name on the stamp, instead of going through the process of registering a trademark? I don’t even have a business. I don’t have a logo. I just want to make jewelry and mark the metal content, so I need a stamp to identify myself, in case I sell the jewelry.
If a name is acceptable, does it have to be the full name (won’t fit)? Last name only ok? Initials only ok?
I am hoping that someone here has been through this (in the USA) with an attorney or someone who knows the answer.