To qualify a trademark for federal trademark registration
with the USPTO , the mark’s owner first must put it into use in interstate commerce. If a an Illinois business owner, however, intends to launch, or is currently providing, a good, product or service but does not meet the interstate commerce requirement, the business owner should seek to register an Illinois state trademark by filing an Illinois trademark application
A properly registered Illinois state trademark is effective for five years (unless renewed) and the state trademark registration process is faster and less costly than the federal trademark registration process. The trademark, however, must be in use in Illinois prior to the trademark registration. Unlike the federal trademark application, however, there is no allowance for an Illinois “intent to use” trademark application.