Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law firm fixated 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, lawyer Brian recognizes the difficulties 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 Golden State 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 advice in Santa Rosa, then you’ve come to the right place.
Santa Rosa’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
Small businesses should spend their time running their company and not getting tied up with the intricacies of trademark law, which should be left to a trademark lawyer. Trademark attorneys 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 enterprise, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Santa Rosa, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Law Firm Empower Your Business?
A trademark lawyer's job is to help businesses protect their brands and make sure other people don't infringe on them. Businesses are in the best position to protect their logo if they take a proactive strategy. 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 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. Even though it's easy to do some trademark forms on your own, you are at risk of doing something wrong and cleaning up the mess will take 5x the time, money, and effort of doing it right in the first place. We find the best trademark attorneys are like our firm - experienced in helping businesses of all sizes from across the globe in a variety of industries. The qualities you should consider when securing legal support for your trademark is the experience of the lawyer, their online reviews, and how personable they are. To have the best synergy for your brand, it’s important to find an attorney who you feel comfortable talking with.
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 filing a DBA/FBN statement means their business name is trademarked and safe from challenge. This is not correct. Securing an LLC or a Doing Business As Statement does not equal trademark protection. The best way to protect a brand is to gain 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 incumbent on the business owner to retain counsel to assess the trademark risk of using your business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Brand protection is needed for most small businesses. Imagine this – you start a taco restaurant on the main drag of Santa Rosa 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”. Then, you happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a year-old diner 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. 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 organization prior to you using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
If you have a brand, then you need a plan on what to do if someone infringes your brand. It's important to be aware of how your brand might be infringed on by others. When an infringement occurs, sending a demand notice to the offender can make them stop. If someone is purposefully You may need to file a state suit for a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer, plus you can try to recover damages including attorney’s fees.
Trademary Lawyer Brian Russ is Available to Serve Santa Rosa Businesses
The answer is easy – 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 brand can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.