Corporations

Trademark Registration

Any word, design, logo, or combination of these used by a manufacturer or merchant to identify goods made or sold, or services provided in Alaska, may be registered by filing an application for state trademark registration. The filing fee is $50.00 per class of goods or services being registered.

You are strongly advised to conduct a thorough search of your mark before filing. If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specializing in the area of trademark law.

How is a trademark different from a patent or a copyright?

Trademarks protect words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.

  • The State of Alaska does registered trademarks.
  • For more information on a federal trademark registration go to www.uspto.gov.

Copyrights protect original works of authorship.

  • The State of Alaska does not register copyrights.
  • For more information on a federal copyright registration go to www.copyright.gov.

Patents protect inventions or discoveries.

  • The State of Alaska does not register patents.
  • For more information on a federal patent registration go to www.uspto.gov.

Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be.

You are strongly advised to conduct a thorough search of your mark before filing. If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specializing in the area of trademark law.

What types of marks does the State of Alaska register?
A trademark
includes any word, name symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name.
A Certification mark
includes any word, name symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce with the owner's permission by someone other than its owner, to certify regional or other geographic origin, material, mode of manufacture, quality, accuracy, or other characteristics of someone's goods or services, or that the work or labor on the goods or services was performed by members of a union or other organization.
A service mark
includes any word, name symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the services of one provider from services provided by others, and to indicate the source of services.
A collective mark
includes any word, name symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce, by the members of a cooperative, an association, or other collective group or organization, including a mark which indicates membership in a union, an association, or other organization.

Registration and renewal forms for each of the above
types of marks are available at Forms & Fees.

You are strongly advised to conduct a thorough search of your mark before filing. If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specializing in the area of trademark law.

How does one register a mark with the State of Alaska?

In order to register a trademark in the State of Alaska, the goods or services must be in use in this state. A separate application must be submitted for each class of goods being registered.

Pursuant to AS 45.50, a person may register their mark by:

  • submitting the Application for Registration,
  • along with three (3) specimens showing the actual use of the mark on or in connection with the stated goods/service,
  • and the appropriate filing fee.

A State of Alaska trademark registration is valid only in the State of Alaska for a period of five years from the date of registration.

Marks will not be registered which are merely descriptive or that only serve to identify the name of a business, primarily geographical, merely a surname, immoral or scandalous, consisting of national symbols or the flag or coat of arms of any country, deceptively similar to a state registered trademark on file with the division, or indistinguishable from any other entity name on file with the division, or a mark on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or indistinguishable from any other entity name on file with the division.

The Corporations Section does not check an application against other state's registrations, or registrations on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

You are strongly advised to conduct a thorough search of your mark before filing. If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specializing in the area of trademark law.

Forms are available online at Forms & Fees.

What is the remedy if someone infringes on my trademark rights?

Pursuant to Alaska Statute AS 45.50.170-180, a registrant of a trademark may seek a court order and damages through the courts for trademarks registered in the State of Alaska.

  • For more information on exercising your State of Alaska trademark rights go to Alaska Court System
  • For more information on exercising your federal trademark rights go to www.uspto.gov

Please Note: the State of Alaska Trademark database is currently unavailable online. If you have a mark you would like us to research, please email us at corporations@alaska.gov

For information about federal trademark registrations visit www.uspto.gov.

Contact Us:

If you have questions you can reach us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at corporations@alaska.gov