Cynthia, Are hallmark files on the web in the US? They are now
in Canada and you can do a search there for free. If you can do
a search it might speed up the process.
I attempted to register my mark in Canada without a lawyer.
There was quite an exchange of paperwork to it, but had I been
able to search existing marks on the web I am sure it would have
gone through because I got to the point of being gazetted.
It failed because Waterford Crystal opposed my application for
the use of COLLEEN as they have a line registered under that
name. Had the files been online back then I would have known
that … . Actually, I KNEW it as I have a piece, but I would
not have thought that a trademark on crystal could impinge on one
for metal. Live and learn. And actually, the exchange with
their lawyers was ‘interesting’ in itself.
So, if you are at all a logical person, and especially if you
can do a search ahead of time, I’d say go ahead and try it
If you discover that there is a website, could you let us know?