3. Application for registration.
Subject to the limitations set forth in this act, any person who uses a mark may file in the office of the Secretary of State, in a manner complying with the requirements of the Secretary of State, an application for registration of that mark setting forth, but not limited to, 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 of State;
(b) the goods or services on or in connection with which the mark is used and the mode or manner in which the mark is used on or in connection with such goods or services and the class in which such goods or services fall;
(c) the date when the mark was first used anywhere and the date when it was first used in this State by the applicant or a predecessor in interest; and
(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 the mark, either with the United States Patent and Trademark Office or with the Secretary of State, or has the right to use such mark either in the identical form thereof or in such near resemblance thereto as to be likely, when used on or in connection with the goods or services of such other person, to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.
The Secretary of State may require a statement as to whether an application to register the mark, or portions of 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 the Secretary of State with information regarding any application, including the filing date and serial number of each application, the status of each application and, if any application was refused registration or has otherwise not resulted in a registration, the reasons for the refusal or for the application not resulting in registration.
The application shall be typed and prepared on 8-1/2" x 11" bond paper, or prepared using any other means approved by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall also require that a drawing of the mark, complying with requirements that the Secretary of State may specify, accompany the application.
The application shall be signed and verified by oath, affirmation or declaration subject to punishment for perjury, by the applicant or by a member of the firm or an officer of the corporation or association applying.
The application shall be accompanied by three specimens showing the mark as actually used.
The application shall be accompanied by an application fee established by and payable to the Secretary of State.
L.1966,c.263,s.3; amended 1971,c.171,s.1; 1982,c.52,s.8; 1987,c.435,s.22; 1995,c.171,s.3.