I registered for a trademark for my book series since they all have the main title but each one has a different subtitle. If my book cover is complete on the second and last of the series, and in a commercial setting for advance sells, will that protect my trademark?
If your trademark is on your main title for the series then the main title for the series (and not the subtitle) is protected.You should note however that like copyright, you must actively protect your trademark should you find anyone violating it. The responsibility is on you to ensure you take the necessary actions to protect it.
There are a few, though they tend to fall into non-fiction. "For Dummies", "For Idiots" and "for the Soul" series come to mind right away. It's not a standard practice because you need a unique "claim" in order make the trademark work for you.
To the OP, yes publishing a book with the trademark for presale would be considered recent use.
I think protecting it means that you sue anyone who uses it.
But does (TM) follow the title? If not, how is anyone to know it is trademarked?
Really, these are not issues that need keep you awake at night. It's really not necessary, as almost everyone on the Kboards Writers Cafe seems to do, to buy a shredding machine for the express purpose of chopping your book printouts to bits. I have never seen anyone rooting through the Paper bin at the dump (formally known as a Recycling and Waste Disposal Center) in search of books to plagiarize. (For grocery coupons, yes; books, no.)
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)
Debby Summers wrote:
TM and the year are on the copyright page. Thank you for your assistance.
The For Dummies books have the trademark symbol on the cover, too. I don't know about the other series that were mentioned. If I were going to trademark a title, I'd put the trademark symbol on the cover, too.
I just self-published the second and last book of "The Adventures of Henry the City Cat" book series and made a point of adding the TM symbol on the cover. After speaking with the trademark attorney, my title is now secure. Thank you, God! Thank you, KDP Community.