Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law office centered on helping businesses build and protect their brands and their business. We appreciate the need to differentiate your brand from your competition. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian recognizes the struggles of small business owners and how securing brand protection is critical when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with businesses across California 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 support in San Pablo, then you’ve come to the right place.
San Pablo’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 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 enterprise, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in San Pablo, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Law Firm Support Your Business?
Protecting brands is a trademark lawyer's primary role. Companies are in the strongest position to protect their brand if they think about brand protection pre-launch or shortly after their launch. Our firm's seen so many companies drop tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and marketing only to find that they can't use their preferred name. Intellectual property protection is a key element for startups - especially those that heavily rely on brand recognition to drive customer engagement. You can save time and legal costs by calling us to conduct a clearance search prior to launching your brand.
What To Look For In a Trademark Law Fim
Doing nothing to protect your name can cause problems for a business owner. Equally problematic to doing nothing when working on trademarks is to DIY it without an attorney's support. A good United States trademark attorney can help any size business in any industry across the globe secure trademark protection in the United States. When choosing a trademark attorney, consider their experience and online reviews as well as how personable they are. It’s important to find a lawyer with who you can comfortably discuss brand strategy because that will lead to the strongest synergy for your company.
The Top Three Areas Small Businesses Need Trademark Support
1. BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
We commonly see creatives think that setting up an LLC or registering a DBA/FBN statement means their business name is trademarked and safe from litigation. This is not accurate. Setting up an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name Statement does not equal trademark protection. The Secretary of State and your county recorder don’t cross-reference your business name with the trademark database. The government allows you to choose your business name, but they don’t check to see if your name is trademarked. As a business owner, you need to hire an attorney to find out if your company name infringes on someone else's trademark.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Most small businesses need to protect their brands. Imagine this – you start a hot dog shop on the main drag of San Pablo called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend years 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 year-old pub with the same exact name as your business. 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 difficult – 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.
Make sure you have a strategy in place to protect your brand if someone infringes your brand. It's important to be aware of how your brand might be infringed on by people. When an infringement occurs, sending a cease-and-desist notice to the offender can make them stop. In other cases, where the offender is intentionally and maliciously infringing your brand, you need to be prepared to take steps to fight them. A state 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 Ready to Serve San Pablo Entrepreneurs
The answer is straightforward – callconnect 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 name can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.