John P. McDonough, Secretary of State    

Trademarks and Servicemarks


Any person who adopts and uses a mark in Maryland may file in the Office of the Secretary of State an application for registration of the mark. If the statutory requirements have been met, the Secretary of State will issue a certificate of registration. Before a decision is made to deny an application, the applicant is entitled to a hearing before the Secretary of State or the Secretary's designee.

Statutory Authority: Business Regulation Article, §1-401 et seq. (link directs you to the statutes directly on the General Assembly's website).

For more information call (410) 974-5521 ext. 3859 or (888) 874-0013 ext. 3859 (toll-free in Maryland) or e-mail your question to us.