Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law office fixated 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, lawyer Brian understands 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 throughout 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 advice in Tiburon, then you’ve come to the right place.
Tiburon’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in practicing in the field of trademarks. 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 business, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Tiburon, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Law Firm Help Your Business?
A trademark attorney’s job is bedeviling simple - to help creatives protect their brand. A company is the best placed to protect its name and logo before or shortly after its launch. Our firm's seen many businesses make the mistake of spending tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and putting in hours of marketing time only to find out they can't use their preferred 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. 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 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 10x the time, money, and effort of doing it right in the first place. We find the best trademark lawyers are like our firm - experienced in helping businesses of all sizes from across the globe in a variety of industries. When you're looking for legal counsel for your trademark, the most important things are their experience and how personable they are. It’s important to find an attorney with who you can comfortably discuss brand strategy because that will lead to the best synergy for your company.
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 accurate. Registering an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name Statement does not equal trademark protection. Although there are some common law trademark rights, the strongest trademark protection is securing a federal trademark from the USPTO. 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 any business owner to retain a lawyer to assess the trademark risk of using their business name.
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 hot dog restaurant on the main drag of Tiburon called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades 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 restaurant 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.
If you have a brand, then you need a strategy on what to do if someone infringes your brand. There may be cases where businesses infringe on your brand without realizing it. Sometimes, having a lawyer send a demand notice to the infringer will make them stop. willfully and maliciously exploited, you need to take appropriate measures to protect your business. A state lawsuit could be necessary to get a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can also try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademary Lawyer Brian Russ is Available to Serve Tiburon Businesses
The answer is easy – contactconnect 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 logo can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.