Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law office centered on helping companies build and protect their brands and their business. We appreciate the need to differentiate your brand from your competitors. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian understands the difficulties of small business owners and how securing brand protection is vital when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies across California 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 Sherman Oaks, then you’ve come to the right place.
Sherman Oaks’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
Small businesses should spend their time running their corporation 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 business, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Sherman Oaks, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Empower Your Business?
A trademark attorney’s role is to help their clients protect their brands. Businesses are in the best position to protect their logo if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen many start-ups 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 or name. Intellectual property protection is important for startups, especially those that depend on their branding to engage consumers. 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 Attorney
The best way a business owner can protect their name is to take action. 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 10x the time, money, and effort of doing it right in the first place. 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 you're looking for legal counsel for your trademark, the most important things are their experience and how personable they are. You should find a lawyer that you are comfortable with discussing company strategy with because that will lead to the best synergy for your business.
The Top Three Areas Small Businesses Need Trademark Support
1. BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
Business owners often think LLCs and DBA/FBN statements keep their names from being violated and that they are not violating others. This is not correct. Registering an LLC or a Doing Business As Statement does not equal trademark protection. The problem is that the Secretary of State and your county recorder don’t cross-reference business names with the trademark list. So you can get the Secretary of State and county approval to use your business name, but you’re still exposed to potential trademark infringement liability because your name might infringe on someone’s trademark. 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
Small businesses have a lot to worry about, but brand protection should not be one of them. Imagine this – you start a burger restaurant on the main drag of Sherman Oaks called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades establishing your reputation. Your customers know your business and know your brand, but you don’t federally register your brand’s name. Then, you happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a new 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. Another tricky 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 person prior to you using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
If you have a brand, then you need a playbook on what to do if someone infringes your brand. It's important to be aware of how your trademark might be infringed on by others. In some cases, the infringer will stop when a attorney sends a notice demanding that they stop. willfully copying your brand identity to make money, then you will need to take steps to stop them. You could need to file a lawsuit for a temporary injunction and/or permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can try to recover lost profits as well.
Trademary Lawyer Brian Russ is Here to Serve Sherman Oaks Businesses
The answer is easy – callconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding calls 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.