Augest - It has been my personal experience that trademarks and
patents require an attorney, while copyrights can be best done
yourself. As you noted, not having access to the trademark "book"
could cause you to lose your application fee - this is where an
attorney who practices in patent and trademark law really pays off.
They have the resources to research and practically guarantee that a
trademark THAT THEY APPROVE will be issued.
It is certainly not inexpensive to have a trademark attorney do the
work, but it is always safer done that way.
Mike Aurelius President Aura Lens Products, Inc.