Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law firm focused on helping businesses build and protect their brands and their business. We understand the need to differentiate your brand from your competition. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian gets the worries of small business owners and how securing brand protection is vital when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies across the Golden State work through common trademar 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 guidance in San Diego, then you’ve come to the right place. You can also visit our trademark-specific website at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
San Diego’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark attorney is someone with experience in trademark registration, protection, and litigation support who regularly works with creatives. 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 brand of your corporation, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in San Diego, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Law Firm Support Your Business?
A trademark lawyer's job is to help their clients protect their brands. Businesses are in the best position to protect their name and logo if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen many companies make the mistake 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 logo. Intellectual property protection is one of the most important things for startups. That's especially true for companies that rely on their brand recognition to generate consumer interest. If you want to protect your company name, call us.
What To Look For In a Trademark Attorney
The worst thing a business owner can do to protect their name is to do nothing. Doing trademark work without an attorney's support is just as problematic as doing nothing. A good United States trademark lawyer can help any size business in any industry across the world secure trademark protection in the United States. The things you should consider when securing legal counsel for your trademark is the experience of the counselor, their online reviews, and how personable they are. As an entrepreneur, it's important to find a lawyer 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
Creatives often think LLCs and DBA/FBN statements keep their names from being violated and that they are not violating others. This is not true. Registering an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name Statement does not equal trademark protection. The strongest way to protect a brand is to receive federal trademark registration. The government allows you to choose your business name, but they don’t check to see if your name is trademarked. It's important for any business owner to retain a lawyer to assess the trademark risk of using their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Most small businesses need to protect their brands. Imagine this – you start a hamburger restaurant on the main drag of San Diego called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades establishing your reputation. But you never get around to registering a federal trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. Then, you happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a year-old 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 pub is across state lines. Another tricky scenario is what to do if you start a business using a name that was already trademarked by another company.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
If you have a brand, then you need a playbook on what to do if someone infringes your brand. There may be cases where people infringe on your brand without realizing it. Sometimes, having a attorney send a cease-and-desist notice to the infringer will make them stop. willfully stealing your trademark identity to make a profit, then you will need to take steps to stop them. A federal lawsuit might be necessary to receive a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can also try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademary Lawyer Brian Russ is Excited to Serve San Diego Entrepreneurs
The answer is simple – 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 logo can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.