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, attorney 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 corporations across California work through common trademarking 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 guidance in Valley Center, then you’ve come to the right place.
Valley Center’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 small businesses. 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 logo of your company, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Valley Center, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Support Your Business?
Protecting brands is a trademark attorney’s primary role. A company is the best placed to protect its brand before or shortly after its launch. Our firm's seen so many businesses drop tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and marketing only to learn that they can't use their preferred name. Intellectual property is a critical issue for startups, especially when the brand and recognition are primary drivers of revenue from target users. 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. Doing trademark work without an attorney's support is just as problematic as doing nothing. 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. When you're looking for legal counsel for your trademark, the most important things are their experience and how personable they are. To have the best synergy for your brand, it’s important to find a lawyer 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 brand name is trademarked and safe from litigation. This is not correct. Registering an LLC or a Fictitious Business Name 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 government approval to use your name for a business, but those agencies will not detect trademark infringement. It's important for any business owner to retain a lawyer to assess the trademark risk of using their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Most small businesses need to protect their brands. Imagine this – you start a burger shop on the main drag of Valley Center 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. Imagine going to Las Vegas and finding a brand new pub with the same name as your business in neon lights. Sadly, your options for enforcement and protection would be limited since you have no federal protection for your brand’s name and the Vegas diner is across state lines. 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.
It is important to have a strategy in place in case someone infringes on your name. It's important to be aware of how your brand might be infringed on by people. Sometimes, having a lawyer send a cease-and-desist notice to the infringer will make them stop. If someone is intentionally copying your brand identity to make themselves rich, then you will need to take steps to stop 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 Available to Serve Valley Center Businesses
The answer is simple – 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.