Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a United States trademark law office focused on helping businesses build and protect their brands. We appreciate the need to differentiate your brand from your competition. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian understands the struggles of small business owners and how securing brand protection is vital when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies throughout the USA work through common branding 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 support in Atascadero, California, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Hang on now,” you may be thinking, “I thought Brian Russ Law, Inc. a California law practice? Can they help clients outside of California, like in Atascadero or California?” Yes! We help customers anywhere with trademark registration support services. The United States Patent Trademark Office allows attorneys licensed anywhere in the US to represent clients in USPTO proceedings. Also check out our trademark-specific site at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
Atascadero’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark lawyer is someone with experience in trademark registration, protection, and litigation support who regularly works with entrepreneurs. Trademark lawyers can generally do most work on a flat-fee basis and operate independently of the larger firms that bill too much for too little. When choosing a lawyer to protect you’re the brand of your business, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Atascadero, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Law Firm Help Your Company?
A trademark attorney’s job is bedeviling simple - to help businesses protect their brand. A business is the best placed to protect its name before or shortly after its launch. The amount of money companies spend on start-up products and marketing is enormous, and sometimes, they find out that their preferred name can't be used because another competitor has locked up the name. Intellectual property protection is important for startups, especially those that depend on their branding to engage consumers. If you want to protect your business name, call us.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
The worst thing a business owner can do to protect their name is to do nothing. Equally problematic to doing nothing when working on trademarks is to do-it-yourself without an attorney's support. A good United States trademark attorney can help any size company in any industry across the globe secure trademark protection in the United States. When choosing a trademark counselor, consider their experience and online reviews as well as how personable they are. You should find an attorney that you are comfortable with discussing brand strategy with because that will lead to the best synergy for your brand.
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. Registering an LLC or a Doing Business As 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. You can get governmental approvals to use your name for your business, but those governmental agencies don’t check the federal trademark database. 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 Atascadero} called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades building your reputation. But you never get around to registering a federal trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. Life can be a gamble sometimes. You end up in Vegas and find out that your restaurant has the same name as a year-old diner on The Strip. Sadly, your options for enforcement and protection would be limited since you have no federal protection for your brand’s name and the Vegas diner is across state lines. Another frustrating scenario is how to deal with a cease-and-desist notice when your brand name is the same as one that was federally registered by another company prior to you using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
It is important to have a strategy in place in case someone infringes on your brand. There may be cases where businesses infringe on your trademark without realizing it. When an infringement occurs, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the offender can make them stop. If someone is intentionally stealing your brand identity to make money, then you will need to take steps to stop them. A federal lawsuit might be needed to get a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can also try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademark Attorney Brian Russ is Here to Serve Atascadero} Creatives
The answer is easy – contactconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding inquiries from potential new clients every day. Having an attorney on your team to protect your intellectual property can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.