TRADEMARKS

A Trademark provides an identity for its owner in a particular marketplace and can comprise any symbol, name, catchphrase, design or sound which differentiates the trademark owner’s goods from the goods of a competitor in that marketplace. Similarly, service marks include any symbol, name, catchphrase, design or sound which differentiates services of the service mark owner from a competitor’s services. The Trademark/service mark owner can prevent a competitor from using a confusingly similar mark for similar products and/or services.

Trademark rights are acquired in a particular geographic area by an actual or constructive use of the mark. Constructive usage is achieved by filing a Trademark application. Once filed, an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office makes a determination of whether registration is justified. If a trademark is registered as a result of an application filed, Trademark rights are granted throughout the United States, generally allowing an owner of the mark to prevent competitors from using a confusingly similar mark for similar products everywhere in the country.

We provide a full range of Trademark services including:

• Providing legal opinions regarding whether trademarks are likely to be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• Preparing, filing, and prosecuting trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• Defending or opposing registrations of marks published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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