So in other news (if anyone's also following the originals band thread I started)... I started playing in an oldies band - Elvis, early Beatles, Tommy James and the Shondelles, that kind of stuff. We're getting the set list together, tightening up, anticipating finding gigs. An email goes around from the singer today that to register the band name with the patent office (I assume he means to trademark it?) will cost $480. I wasn't even aware that we had settled on a name! I'm sure it's premature at the very least to drop money on a trademark when we haven't even played a gig yet. My question, though, is when do you EVER do this? How many guys out there have registered band names, was it worth it, at what point did you decide to do it?