Trademark Database FAQ

This database indexes Wyoming state trademarks. Each record includes a scanned copy of the application file at the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office or the Wyoming State Archives.

What is the coverage of this database?

The Wyoming Database of State Trademarks currently covers state trademarks issued between 1906-current located at the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. New applications and renewals are added monthly. This database will ultimately include the inactive applications and mark images for Wyoming trademarks located at the Wyoming State Archives, back to the first state trademark in 1881.

Filed with USPTO field

If a trademark application was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a link to the USPTO application will be shared here.

What is a trademark?

When an image or wording becomes identifiable as an indicator of a source of goods or services, and that source is distinguishable from those of others, that is a trademark. Trademark rights themselves are based on use. State trademarks are controlled under the Wyoming Trademarks Act, and federal trademarks are controlled primarily under the Lanham Act. Trademarks are also protected under common law.

What is the difference between a state trademark and a federal trademark?

There are three main types of trademarks with increasing levels of protection:

Common Law (TM):

No registration or fees, rights result from use of the mark with the product, little public notice, owner may use the TM symbol

State Registration (TM):

Registration and small fee, public notice of use, protection varies by state, protection only within the state, owner may use the TM symbol

Federal Registration (®):

More expensive fees and slower process, must use or have a genuine intent-to-use the mark in interstate commerce, presumption of ownership nationwide, exclusive right to use, public notice of use, trademark lasts indefinitely as long as renewal fees are paid and mark still in use; can be deposited with U.S. Customs to prevent importation of goods infringing mark, owner may use the ® symbol only after the mark has been fully registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For general information about trademarks, see the following:

Basic Facts about Trademarks (USPTO)
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/
Guide from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on what a trademark is and how to register one

Trademark Basics (PDF)
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library

Trademark Searching (PDF)
Guide created by the Wyoming State Library

Hints for Conducting a Trademark Search
http://www.uspto.gov/products/library/ptdl/services/tmsearch.jsp
Guide from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on how to conduct a federal trademark search

How do I apply for a Wyoming state trademark?

See the Secretary of State’s website (http://soswy.state.wy.us/Business/Business.aspx) for current forms and filing instructions.

Can I find livestock brands in this database?

This database does not include livestock brands unless officially registered as a trademark with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. For registered livestock brands, see the Wyoming Livestock Board (http://wlsb.state.wy.us/brands.htm) or search your local library’s catalog for the Official Brand Book of the State of Wyoming.