1. Subject to the limitations set forth in this chapter, a person who uses a mark may file in the office of the secretary, in the manner which will comply with the requirements of the secretary, an application for the registration of that mark setting forth, but not limited to, all of the following information:

 a. The name and business address of the person applying for registration; and if a corporation, the state of incorporation, or if a partnership, the state in which the partnership is organized and the names of the general partners, as specified by the secretary.
 b. The goods or services on or in connection with which the mark is in use, the mode or manner in which the mark is used on or in connection with those goods or services, and the class in which such goods or services fall, as described in rules adopted by the secretary.
 c. The date on which the mark was first used anywhere by the applicant or the applicant’s predecessor in interest.
 d. A statement that the applicant is the owner of the mark, that the mark is in use, and that, to the knowledge of the person verifying the application, no other person has registered, either federally or in this state, or has the right to use such mark either in the identical form or in such resemblance to the form as to be likely, when applied to the goods or services of such other person, to cause confusion or mistake, or to deceive.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 548.103

  • Applicant: means a person filing an application for registration of a mark under this chapter, and the person's legal representative, successor, or assignee. See Iowa Code 548.101
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Mark: means a trademark or service mark, entitled to registration under this chapter, whether registered or not. See Iowa Code 548.101
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: means individual, corporation, limited liability company, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Secretary: means the secretary of state or the designee of the secretary charged with the administration of this chapter. See Iowa Code 548.101
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Trademark: means a word, name, symbol, or device or any combination of a word, name, symbol, or device, used by a person to identify and distinguish the goods of that person, including a unique product, from those manufactured and sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods, even if that source is unknown. See Iowa Code 548.101
  • United States: includes all the states. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Use: means the bona fide use of a mark in the ordinary course of trade, and not made merely to reserve a right in a mark. See Iowa Code 548.101
 2. The secretary may also require a statement as to whether an application to register the mark, or portions or a composite of the mark, has been filed by the applicant or a predecessor in interest in the United States patent and trademark office; and if so, the applicant shall provide full particulars with respect to the filing including the filing date and serial number of each application, the status of the application and if any application was finally refused registration or has otherwise not resulted in a registration, the reasons therefor.
 3. The secretary may also require that a drawing of the mark, complying with such requirements as the secretary may specify, accompany the application.
 4. The application shall be signed and verified by oath, affirmation, or declaration subject to perjury laws by the applicant or by a member of the firm or an officer of the corporation or association applying.
 5. The application shall be accompanied by a specimen showing the mark as actually used.
 6. The application shall be accompanied by the application fee payable to the secretary.