Trademarks are often your companies first opportunity to make an impression on customers in a crowded and competitive market. As a tool for new client acquisition, trademarks are often your company’s most valuable asset. Whether representing your primary service, adding a new product line, or protecting your businesses reputation, trademarks are an essential part of any business. The attorneys at Barney DeBrosse understand this and are vigilant in protecting their clients, by counseling on everything from clearance to maintenance of your trademarks.
Our attorneys have experience guiding clients through the trademark process, including clearance, prosecution, opposition/cancellation proceedings, maintenance, counseling, licensing and litigation. Our attorneys understand the issues that may arise in trademark matters, and we are aggressive in defending our client’s interests. We understand that every situation is unique and work with our clients to ensure the acquisition and maintenance of this valuable asset. We also handle trademark licensing matters and have experience in addressing and responding to infringement matter, including litigation when unavoidable. Whether you are acquiring, licensing, or protecting trademarks, Barney DeBrosse can help make your business a success.
+ What is a trademark?
+ What is a service mark?
+ Where can I get basic trademark information?
+ Must I register my trademark?
+ What are the benefits of federal trademark registration?
+ Can I use “TM” or “SM” on my mark without a Federal Trademark Registration?
+ Can I use the ® symbol?
+ Should I have an attorney?
+ Is registration guaranteed and can I get a refund of money paid?
+ Should I conduct a search for similar trademarks before filing an application?
+ Where can I conduct a trademark search for trademarks in pending applications and federal registrations?
+ Will the Office conduct a search for me?
+ Where can I find trademark forms?
+ What is the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)?
+ Where do I send mail or make deliveries?
+ Who may file an application?
+ Must I be a U.S. citizen to obtain a federal registration?
+ What is the difference between “use in commerce” and “intent to use” in commerce?
+ What is a specimen?
+ What is a drawing?
+ What can I do to help the application proceed as smoothly as possible?
+ Is registration of my mark guaranteed?
+ How can I check the status of my application?
+ How long will it take for my mark to register?
+ How do I file a Statement of Use or Extension Request after the Notice of Allowance is issued?
+ If I filed based on an “intent to use” the mark, when must I allege actual use of the mark in commerce?
+ May I assign or transfer the ownership of my trademark to someone else?
+ How long does a trademark registration last?
+ Where should I place the ® symbol?
+ Are there any restrictions on use of the “®” symbol?
+ Is a federal registration valid outside of the United States?
+ What if someone else is using my registered mark on related goods and services?
+ What are “common law” rights?
+ What is “interstate commerce”?
+ Will my information be public?
+ What are trademark monitoring and document filing services?
+ May a trademark filing company represent me before the USPTO?