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    trademarking the name of my classes

    I had a series of thoughts in this basic stream
    * I went to Tuesday Mornings on an intuitive hunch and found the COOLEST table thing. It folds down to about 2 inches wide, when open it has wire basket shelves that are perfect for yarn.
    * I was thinking about my backdrop and the crochet lettering, how to make it look nicer
    * I realized that the fold down table is perfect for craft fairs, which I would like to do
    * I saw a craft fair possibility on FB
    * I thought that my name of my type of crochet and teaching is unique (I call it Open Form Crochet)
    * I realized I should do something to protect this as my intellectual property ??

    And I have no idea what to do next, if it is a reasonable process, however I do think it is a good idea even if I don't do much with it.

    Hmmmm, sometimes this kinda crazy bipolar brain does good things.

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    Zoe, it’s impossible for me to know if this is an idea you are sincere about or if it’s just a throwaway idea of the moment. Regardless, trademark does not protect your process. A patent protects your process.If you have a few thousand dollars to pay towards a patent attorney, sure, go for it. But I think it’s a huge waste of time and money. There are many patent mills that welcome people like you.

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    Oh No! I do not want to spend money like that, I just have been using this term to describe my classes for about 3 years and I want to have it as mine. There is nothing to patent, I am reaching out to do another fair and looking for class space going into fall.

    Yeah I know it is hard to tell,

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    'Open Forum' tells me nothing about what you are doing. My first thought was a place to 'speak' but nothing about a craft. Sorry but while I can see the merits of trying to find a unique craft display using the equipment you found recently, you need to really think this through a lot more. Even "crochet craft forums" while simple tells customers what you are offering.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    Do you have the resources and inclination to protect your trademark?

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    okay feeling like I was 'off' again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Girl View Post
    okay feeling like I was 'off' again.
    You are not 'off' at all but exploring the options and thinking online with us. We are supporting you with our views - all good, IMO.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    A lot of questioning my stability lately,

    I call my classes open form crochet. I would like to use that term more and slowly expand my work. Maybe this isn't the way, but I dont want anyone else to take that name and use it. I dont know anything about how to protect it so I thought trademark was the way to go.

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    Is what you do similar to free form crochet? If not, how does it differ?

    This is an example of what I found: https://www.mybluprint.com/article/f...hooked-promise

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    It is similar, or maybe the same thing. I found when i was looking at freeform i mostly found scrumbling type work and spirals. I mix yarns, create 3D and create on a foundation of crochet skills. I have seen that freeform often applies to s more specific type of work.

    so a combo of freeform and amigurumi,

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