Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark legal firm centered on helping companies build and protect their brands and their business. We get the need to distinguish your brand from your competitors. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, lawyer Brian recognizes 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 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 support in Stockton, then you’ve come to the right place.
Stockton’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 small businesses. Trademark lawyers 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 logo of your corporation, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Stockton, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Lawyer Help Your Business?
A trademark lawyer's job is bedeviling simple - to help businesses protect their brand. Businesses are in the best position to protect their brand if they think about brand protection pre-launch or shortly after their launch. 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 customer interest. Give us a call if you want to lock down your business's brand with federal trademark protection.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
The worst thing a business entrepreneur 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 lawyers are like us - experienced in helping businesses of all sizes from across the globe in a variety of industries. When you're looking for legal support for your trademark, the most important things are their experience and 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
A lot of entrepreneurs think that setting up an LLC or a DBA/FBN statement means their name is trademarked to protect from challenge. This is not accurate. Securing 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. You can get governmental approvals to use your name for your business, but those governmental agencies don’t check the federal trademark database. It's important for a business owner to retain legal counsel to help them assess the risks and benefits of their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Brand protection is needed for most small businesses. Imagine this – you start a hot dog shop on the main drag of Stockton called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades building 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 brand new restaurant 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 diner from using your name. An even more common – and still frustrating – 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 name if someone infringes your brand. There are many situations where someone might accidentally infringe your trademark. When an infringement occurs, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the offender can make them stop. In other cases, where the infringer is intentionally and maliciously infringing your brand, you need to be prepared to take steps to fight them. 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 lost profits.
Trademary Attorney Brian Russ is Ready to Serve Stockton 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 name can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.