I want to stamp my work indicating that it is sterling silver, but it
is my understanding that, according to 15 USC 297 and this website:
(see Note #2 to 23.9)
if I use a quality stamp for sterling or fine silver or a karat mark
for gold I must also stamp nearby a registered trademark or my name.
I looked into getting a trademark, but it is complicated to do the
search to be sure yours is unique and the fee for applying is, I
think, $325, so I'd like to just use my name instead. What I'm
unclear about is what would constitute my name to the FTC. Is my first
and last name required, even though there are a number of other
people with the same name, or would my first initial and last name
work, or just my last name?? Or would it be best to get a business
license with a short business name and use that?
Anyone got any ideas on this?