I am currently in the process of building a website and would like to know how I can register a trademark for the name of my website (to avoid possible problems with the competition).
What I am looking for is a step-by-step guide on how to register a trademark for my website and also some concise explanations on what registering a trademark really means and what it does and doesn't do to protect the name of my website. Additionally, I would like to know what countries people usually register their websites in?
I do not currently have a company and if I founded one then it's name would be different from the name of the website. Can I register a trademark without having a company?
I have already registered the domain name. I am asking how to trademark it.
(1) Don't confuse registering a domain name with registering a trademark. A domain name is just a website address that people use to find you (e.g. "www.delta.com"). A trademark is a mark that you use in connection with the sale of goods or services and gives you the right to sue people if they use a mark which is confusingly similar. (e.g. "Delta Airlines").
(2) Step-by-step Guide: http://inventorspot.com/trademark_application_1 That's how you do it in the US. Other countries will be different.
(3) Once you register your website, it's good globally. But, I think you're asking about registering a trademark.
That's done country-by-country and is generally done only in the countries in which you are conducting business using the mark or intend to do so within the next few years. The process for overseas trademark applications varies by country. If you really want to do this, find a US law firm that associates with overseas trademark attorneys.
(4) Yes, you can register a trademark without having a company. You would then transfer the mark over to the company once it's created. Probably easiest to form the company first, though.
Note that getting a trademark registered can get complicated if the US Patent and Trademark Office decides that it's too close to somebody else's mark.
Couple points I would add: