Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and serving clients Nationwide, the Trademark Lawyer Firm, PLLC offers the highest-quality legal services for businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs seeking assistance with trademark matters. Founded by attorney J.J. Lee, our law firm focuses exclusively on trademark legal services and helping clients safeguard their intellectual property. Having registered more trademarks than any other firm in the Midwest, our defined concentration allows us to do one thing very well — protect your brand.
With over 5,500 successful trademark registrations under our belt, our firm offers our clients a unique, reliable experience. Our core values (professional, integrity, efficient) permeate through all we do.
Over the last decade, our trademark law firm has earned a well-deserved reputation due to our diligence, honesty, and reliability. We are committed to handling every matter with professionalism, integrity, and efficiency. These essential values are at the center of everything we do.
Our attorneys understand that your trademark is what makes your business unique — it’s not just another filing to us. We know that your design, logo, symbol, or slogan is the result of years of dedication, hard work, and perseverance. This is why we dedicate all of our resources to helping you protect, maintain, and defend it.
With decades of combined experience, our attorneys and staff have the acumen and insight necessary to ensure your trademark registration is successful the first time you file. Our firm endeavors for integrity in all of our work and is devoted to helping clients establish a solid foundation for their brands so their companies can grow. As a result, we have long-lasting business relationships with many of our clients and have seen them through every stage of their development.
Trademarks are all we do, and we have an outstanding track record of exceptional results. Our narrow focus lends itself to deep-rooted experience, adeptness, and proficiency. While any company or lawyer can submit a trademark application, our firm has a track record of registering more than 5,500 trademarks successfully.
Our trademark law firm is set apart due to the work we put in at the beginning. Walking clients through every step of the process, we take the time to consult with them and explain concepts clearly. If we discover that there’s an issue with your trademark after we run a search, we’re upfront and honest about your chances that it will be successfully registered.
Clients can come to our firm at any interval of the trademark process to receive comprehensive guidance and advice. Unlike do-it-yourself platforms where you get a different lawyer or representative on the phone every time you call, our clients are provided with one-on-one customized service when they work with a specific trademark attorney at our firm. Striving to take the burden of registration, filing, or adhering to necessary deadlines off your shoulders, our attorneys can provide counsel for all aspects of the trademark registration process.
Offering a complete range of trademark services, we work with clients at the very beginning of the trademark process, at the five-year and ten-year renewals and international registrations. Our attorneys are also skilled in assisting clients with responding to USPTO office actions if any issues are found prior to registration. In addition to filing and registration, our trademark attorneys are there for clients to prosecute, defend, enforce, and litigate their trademarks.
Not only do our attorneys know what it takes to ensure your trademark is successfully registered, but we also have the experience necessary to identify any risks for a wide array of businesses. Working with the USPTO on a daily basis, we have valuable knowledge concerning the nuances of trademark registrations across various industries. From the aviation industry to medical, healthcare, apparel companies, breweries, software developers, and technology consultants, we’ve worked on just about every type of trademark you can imagine.
No matter what type of business you own, our in-depth knowledge of trademark law allows us to streamline the registration process. We aim to help you preserve the resources of your business by operating with efficiency and tailoring our legal services to best suit your specific needs. Offering competitive rates for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and startups, when you work with our firm, you will receive personalized attention and prompt communication.
The Trademark Lawyer Firm, PLLC is committed to delivering superior legal services for trademark filing, registration, office action responses, prosecution, litigation, renewals, and infringement actions. Advising clients nationally and worldwide, we have assisted thousands of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and startups with their trademark matters to ensure the unique identities of their businesses are shielded from infringement and unauthorized use. Contact us for a complimentary 15-minute consultation with a trademark attorney today.
Suspensions are when your application is on hold. There are various reasons a trademark application can be suspended. However “likelihood of confusion” with prior application(s) filed and submission of foreign application are the most common reasons the USPTO may suspend an application. During a trademark suspension period, your lawyer will provide guidance on the next steps and whether it might be best to file an argument or pursue a coexistence agreement.
A disclaimer usually refers to a statement which indicates that you are not claiming exclusive rights to use the word(s) or a design element in your trademark application. A disclaimer allows for registration without creating a false impression of the registrant’s rights.
A good example of this is disclaiming “café” if your services are for a café.
If a trademark is not eligible for the Principal Registry, there is sometimes an option to register on the Supplemental Registry.
In cases where the USPTO finds the trademark application is merely ornamental, merely descriptive, or primarily geographically descriptive, the USPTO may allow the application to be registered on the Supplemental Registry. However, over time, the mark may acquire distinctiveness and possibly become eligible for the Principal Registry.
Two dates must be specified in a trademark application:
Date of First Use Anywhere: The “anywhere” refers to use in the U.S. or elsewhere. This is the date the goods were first sold or transported, or the services were first rendered under the mark. The use must also have been bona fide and in the ordinary course of trade.
Date of First Use in Commerce: This is the date when the goods were first sold or transported, or the services were first rendered under the mark in interstate or international commerce. The use of the mark must have been bona fide and in the ordinary course of trade.
The renewal timeframe for a trademark is between the 9th and 10th year anniversary of the trademark registration, and then in ten-year intervals. It is important to be aware that the USPTO also requires a registrant to provide an affidavit at the 5th and 6th years of ownership stating that the trademark is still being used in commerce. Failure to comply with the renewal timeframes or the affidavit requirements will result in the cancellation of the trademark registration.