Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a United States trademark law office focused on helping companies 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 worries of small business owners and how securing brand protection is critical when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies throughout the United States of America work through common brand 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 Auburn, New York, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Wait a second,” you may be wondering, “I thought Brian Russ Law, Inc. a California law practice? Can they help clients outside of California, like in Auburn or New York?” Yes! We help businesses anywhere with trademark registration support services. The United States Patent Trademark Office allows attorneys licensed anywhere in the United States to represent clients in USPTO proceedings.
Auburn’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark attorney is a lawyer who specializes in practicing in the field of trademarks. 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 Auburn, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Empower Your Company?
Protecting brands is a trademark attorney’s primary role. Businesses are in the best position to protect their name if they take a proactive strategy. The amount of money businesses 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 customers. If you need to get the name of your brand trademarked, give us a call.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
The best way a business owner can protect their name is to take action. Equally problematic to doing nothing when working on trademarks is to DIY it without an attorney's support. A good United States trademark lawyer can help any size company in any industry across the world 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. As an entrepreneur, it's important to find an attorney who you can talk to comfortably about your campaign. This will be the best route for your brand.
The Top Three Areas Small Businesses Need Trademark Support
1. BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
We commonly see business owners think that setting up an LLC or registering a DBA/FBN statement means their brand name is trademarked and safe from challenge. This is not correct. Setting up an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name Statement does not equal trademark protection. Although there are some common law trademark rights, the strongest trademark protection is securing a federal trademark from the United States Patent Trademark Office. You can get government approval to use your name for a business, but those agencies will not detect trademark infringement. It's important for any business owner to retain a lawyer to assess the trademark risk of using their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Small businesses have a lot to worry about, but brand protection should not be one of them. Imagine this – you start a hot dog shop on the main drag of Auburn} called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend years establishing 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. Without federal trademark protection, you are limited when it comes to enforcement and protection, meaning there’s little you could do to stop the Vegas pub from using your name. An even more common – and still tricky – situation is what to do if your name brand slogan was federally protected by a third party before you started using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
It is important to have a plan in place in case someone infringes on your name. There are many situations where someone might innocently infringe your trademark. 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 themselves rich, then you will need to take steps to stop them. You may need to file a state lawsuit for a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer, plus you can try to recover damages including attorney’s fees.
Trademark Lawyer Brian Russ is Ready to Serve Auburn} Businesses
The answer is easy – callconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding inquiries 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.