If you have a business, you have a brand that should be legally protected. Most of the time, a trademark or service mark is the correct way to proceed. There are five stages at which a trademark attorney can add significant value to your business enterprise:
Knock-Out Search: Does someone else already own your brand? A search of Internet domains is not enough. Companies have common-law rights in trade names and marks they have used in commerce, whether or not they have used it on the Internet. Before undertaking expensive branding, a business owner needs to know whether he or she is entitled to use the brand without being sued and/or being forced to re-brand.
Pre-Registration Trademark Counsel: Is your name or catchphrase capable of being registered as a trademark? Under trademark law, there are rules on what names can be trademarked and what names cannot.
Filing a Trademark Application with the USPTO: In which categories should your mark application be filed?
Responding to an Office Action by the USPTO: How should you respond to a rejection or request for more information by the US Patent & Trademark Office?
Trademark Maintenance: What steps must be taken in the future to maintain the validity and integrity of your mark?
Our trademark attorneys can assist you in each stage of the process. Contact Christopher Elam at 214-361-5600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.