Can I Trademark a Programming Language?

No. At least not directly.

A programming language in and of itself cannot be trademarked since it is not technically either a product or a service and only those things used to market or brand a product or service are capable of being trademarked. However, you can get around the rule that you cannot trademark a programming language by instead trademarking the name, logo, or slogan associated with programs designed to assist programmers who utilize the language, such as compilers, implementers, and even full-fledged IDEs.

If you have developed a new programming language and are interested in protecting the intellectual property associated with it, contact us today to speak with trademark attorney Eric Norton to discuss how it may be possible to circumnavigate the rule that you cannot trademark a programming language.

Trademark Registration by Norton Law Corporation

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All work for our clients is personally done by trademark attorney Eric Norton. No paralegals. No secretaries. No associates.

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Our trademark registration services are just one flat fee (plus the applicable government filing fees) so you always know what you’re getting up front.

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You tell us what to trademark, provide us proof of use (or your intent to use), and we do the rest so you can get back to running your business in no time.

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