Many people ask, “what are the information items I need to provide to my attorney in order to file a trademark application?” These items include the name of the mark you wish to protect, the goods or services sold under the mark, the name, address, and citizenship of the owner of the mark. Next, we need to pick a filing basis. There are two types. The first filing basis choice is known as use in commerce. This is where goods are presently being sold or advertised. If this is the case, we need to identify the date of first use anywhere and a date of first use of the mark in the United States. We will also need a specimen to provide the mark, prove the mark as being used in commerce. Otherwise, the filing basis is an intent-to-use basis. In other words, we are reserving the name today and you will provide a specimen and date of use in the future. If you have more questions, we suggest consulting an experienced intellectual property attorney.