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The Trademark Lawyer Law Firm, PLLC offers a full range of high-quality trademark services for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and startups throughout the country. Having successfully registered more than 6,000 trademarks with the USPTO, we are dedicated to helping ensure that the design, logo, or catchphrase that sets your brand apart is safeguarded from wrongdoers — nationally and internationally. From trademark searches, filing applications, responding to office actions, to litigating infringement claims, our firm has one specific focus: protecting your brand.   

Trademark Searches

Get it Right the First Time. When you start a business, your company’s brand is its most valuable asset. Your name, slogan, label, logo, and designs are how consumers will recognize you and know they can trust the quality of your products or se… Read More

Trademark Filing & Registration

Your Brand Matters. Protect It. If you own a business, there’s nothing that matters more than your brand — and unless you take steps to ensure it is adequately protected, your most valuable asset is also your most vulnerable. Without registering… Read More

Office Action Response

Narrow Focus. Deep Experience. After you’ve submitted your trademark application, it’s not uncommon for the registration process to be delayed with an office action. Receiving an office action from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ca… Read More

International Trademark Services

Protecting Your Brand in the Global Market Many entrepreneurs have the goal of expanding their businesses internationally. But even if you have registered your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it is essential to understan… Read More

Trademark Management Software

Protecting Your Brand and Maintaining Your Mark Once you have registered your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), your responsibility to your brand doesn’t end there. Despite how busy you may be with other aspects… Read More

Cease & Desist Letters

You Create. We Protect. Nothing may be more concerning for you as a business owner than discovering others have been using the same product name, logo, design, or symbol that distinguishes your brand. Not only can unauthorized use of your intellectua… Read More

Trademark Litigation

Narrow Focus. Deep Experience. Even when you have taken all the necessary steps to protect your brand, issues surrounding ownership of a trademark can still arise. When they do, it’s critical to take action immediately. If you’ve become a… Read More

Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) Litigation

Representation Focused on Results. You worked hard to build your brand and have moved forward with taking the necessary steps to safeguard it. But sometimes, there may be one last hurdle in your way during the trademark registration and application p… Read More

Trademark Renewals

Securing the Integrity of Your Mark Once you’ve successfully registered your trademark, your responsibilities do not end there — you have a continued obligation to maintain and monitor your brand. Without renewing your mark with the United States… Read More

U.S. Customs Trademark Registration

Safeguarding Your Brand from International Counterfeiters Expanding your brand into the global marketplace is ambitious and exciting. However, when your company is conducting business internationally, it is critical to take every precaution to protec… Read More

Licensing Agreements

Increasing Awareness of Your Brand If you have been thinking about expanding your brand, it might be a good idea to consider allowing others to use your trademark. A trademark license agreement gives permission to another business to distribute goods… Read More

Trade Dress Protection & Registration

Many business owners only think of protecting their logo or catch-phrase with a trademark. However, it’s essential to be aware that various other aspects of a brand can be shielded from misuse. Not to be confused with a trademark, trade dress i… Read More

NFT Brand Protection

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are revolutionizing the way businesses market their goods and services — and they’ve been making a significant impact in the trademark world. Importantly, NFTs allow companies to create a new stream of revenue and can g… Read More

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What are Trademark Application Suspensions?

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.

What are Disclaimers for Trademarks?

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.

What is the Supplemental Registry?

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.

What is the Date of First Use?

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.

What is the Renewal Timeframe for a Trademark?

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.