(1) Patent protection for a business methods or e-commerce solutions conducted via the Internet may be patentable if the solution provided is based on at least one new and non-obvious step of an algorithm (a process of doing something) or a flow diagram (a series of steps to perform or complete something) of the solution. First step is to diagram the series of steps performed (via a flow chart) from the view point of an end-user, the network or a server/database and maintain such view point in the description, see How to Record your Invention. Second step is to capture or create mock screen shots of what a user sees in each step of the flow chart. Third step is to perform a patent search, see Patent Search Instructions on How to Perform a Search.
(2) Trademark protection for the name, logo, or graphic that identifies and distinguishes your service or product offering, website name (known as a URL such as www.DripID.com) from others. You can and should use TM next to or in close proximity to your mark(s). TM simply means that you claim a common law right to the mark, which by virtue of your use you have a right to claim. As a reminder, use of ® is strictly prohibited until your application is completely approved and your mark is registered at the United States Trademark Office. In fact, improper use of ® is illegal and can be punishable by law. In addition, improper use can adversely affect trademark rights and registerability of a mark. Note the trademark must identify the clothing line such as Levi® or Nike® verse some short phrase, slogan and/or graphic printed on a garment or t-shirt for the purpose of making a statement. First step is to identify your mark, its goods or service description, and learn common mistakes in selecting a mark, see Trademark Information and Trademark Goods Services Description. Second step is to perform a trademark search, see Trademark Search Instructions on How to Perform a Search.