Businesses with trademarks have to comply with new law

Business owners with trademarks or service marks registered in the state have until tomorrow, Monday, June 30, to come into compliance with a new state law requiring that such marks be grouped into specific categories.

This can be done free of charge until June 30 using an online service developed by the state Internet portal at www.ehawaii.gov.org, according to a state spokesman.

To date, more than 800 filings have been made using the new system. The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, which administers the state’s Trademark Act, spearheaded the effort to make this process simple, fast, and convenient.

The law requires all registered trademarks and service marks to be classified according to the goods and services for which the mark is used.

The new online service, Trademark Category Appointment (TCA), allows users to quickly and easily designate a trademark category as required under the new rules.

All holders of registered trademarks and service marks have already received an official notification letter from DCCA representatives.

To use the online system, users simply go to the Web site, http://www.ehawaii.gov.org/tmclass, and log in using the file number on the DCCA letter.

Users may then select from a standard list of goods, meats and processed foods, hotels and restaurants, and many others.

After reviewing and submitting the information, filers can print a receipt, or receive one via e-mail.

The development of this online service is part of the state’s overall campaign to improve efficiency and service by implementing electronic government within the state, according to a DCCA spokesman.

Currently, ehawaiigov.org has more than 20 online applications that residents, businesses and visitors may use to conduct business with the state government via the Internet.

Hawaii Information Consortium (HIC) is a Hawaii corporation that manages the official state Web portal, www.ehawaiigov.org.

HIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Government firm NIC. HIC works with state agencies to enable them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information.

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