Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark legal firm centered on helping corporations build and protect their brands and their business. We get the need to distinguish your brand from your competitors. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian hears the worries of small business owners and how securing brand protection is critical when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with corporations throughout California work through common trademarking issues like clearance searches, infringement assessment, trademark registration, USPTO office action responses, infringement litigation, use defense, and more. If you’re looking for top-notch trademark legal advice in Echo Park, then you’ve come to the right place. You can also learn more at our trademark-specific website at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
Echo Park’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in practicing in the field of trademarks. Trademark attorneys typically have experience in the entire trademark lifecycle from the critical clearance search all the way through litigation support. When choosing a lawyer to protect you’re the logo of your corporation, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Echo Park, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Support Your Business?
Protecting brands is a trademark attorney’s primary role. Companies are in the best position to protect their name if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen many start-ups make the error of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on merchandise and putting in hours of marketing time only to find out they can't use their preferred brand. Intellectual property protection is important for startups, especially those that depend on their branding to engage markets. If you want to protect your company name, call us.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
Doing nothing to protect your name can cause problems for a business entrepreneur. Equally problematic to doing nothing when working on trademarks is to DIY it without an attorney's support. We find the best trademark lawyers are like our firm - experienced in helping businesses of all sizes from across the globe in a variety of industries. When choosing a trademark counselor, consider their experience and online reviews as well as how personable they are. You should find a lawyer that you are comfortable with discussing brand strategy with because that will lead to the best synergy for your business.
The Top Three Areas Small Businesses Need Trademark Support
1. BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
A lot of entrepreneurs think that setting up an LLC or a DBA/FBN statement means their name is trademarked to protect from litigation. This is not accurate. Setting up an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name Statement does not equal trademark protection. The main issue here is that the Secretary of State and your county recorder don’t cross-reference trademarks with business names. The government allows you to choose your business name, but they don’t check to see if your name is trademarked. It’s incumbent on the business owner to retain counsel to assess the trademark risk of using your business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Most small businesses need to protect their brands. Imagine this – you start a taco restaurant on the main drag of Echo Park called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades building your reputation. But you don’t take steps to federally register your trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. You happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a new pub with the same exact name as your business. Sadly, your options for enforcement and protection would be limited since you have no federal protection for your brand’s name and the Vegas restaurant is across state lines. An even more common – and still frustrating – situation is what to do if your name brand logo was federally protected by a third party before you started using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
It is important to have a strategy in place in case someone infringes on your name. There are many situations where someone might accidentally infringe your brand. In some cases, the infringer will stop when a lawyer sends a notice demanding that they stop. willfully copying your brand identity to make themselves rich, then you will need to take steps to stop them. A federal lawsuit could be needed to get a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can also try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademary Attorney Brian Russ is Here to Serve Echo Park Entrepreneurs
The answer is simple – callconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding calls from potential new clients every day. Having an lawyer on your team to protect your intellectual property can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.