Trademark / Service Mark

A trademark or service mark is a word, symbol, device, or any combination thereof adopted and used by a person or business to distinguish goods or services made or sold from those made or sold by another.

While trademark or service mark registration is not required in North Dakota, a mark may be registered with the Secretary of State to establish exclusive right to the trademark in North Dakota. Any owner of a trademark or service mark registered with the Secretary of State may proceed by suit to enjoin the manufacture, use, display or sale of any counterfeits or imitation thereof. Any court of competent jurisdiction may grant injunctions to restrain such manufacture, use, display or sale as deemed just and reasonable, and may require the defendants to pay to the trademark or service mark owner all profits derived or all damages suffered by reason of the wrongful manufacture, use, display or sale.

To register a trademark or service mark with the Secretary of State, file the Trademark/Service Mark Registration or contact the Secretary of State’s Business Division:

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
(701) 328-4284
(800) 352-0867, ext. 328-4284

Federal Trademark Registration

A trademark may be registered federally. Contact the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks for information and forms.

Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
PO Box 1450
Alexandria VA 22313-1450

General trademark or patent information: (800) 786-9199
Trademark and patent searches: (571) 272-3275



Forms to submit filings and update information are now available on FirstStop, the Secretary of State’s new online filing system.