Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a United States trademark law office centered on helping businesses build and protect their brands. We appreciate the need to differentiate your brand from your competition. 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 companies across the United States work through common trademark 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 Westbrook, Maine, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Hold up,” you may be thinking, “I saw Brian Russ Law, Inc. a California law office? Can they help clients outside of California, like in Westbrook or Maine?” Yes! We help clients anywhere with trademark registration support services. The USPTO allows lawyers licensed anywhere in the USA to represent clients in USPTO proceedings. Also check out our trademark-specific web presence at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
Westbrook’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 creatives. 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 company, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Westbrook, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Empower Your Business?
Protecting brands is a trademark attorney’s primary role. Companies are in the best position to protect their brand if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen so many companies drop tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and marketing only to learn that they can't use their preferred name. Intellectual property protection is a key element for startups - especially those that heavily rely on brand recognition to drive consumer engagement. If you need to get the name of your business trademarked, give us a call.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
The best way a business entrepreneur can protect their name is to take action. Doing trademark work without an attorney's support is just as problematic as doing nothing. 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. The traits you should consider when securing legal counsel 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 a lawyer who you feel comfortable talking with.
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 dispute. 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 any business owner to retain a lawyer to assess the trademark risk of using their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Brand protection is vital for most small businesses. Imagine this – you start a hot dog restaurant on the main drag of Westbrook} called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend years building your reputation. Your customers know your business and know your brand, but you don’t federally register your brand’s name. Life can be a gamble sometimes. You end up in Vegas and find out that your restaurant has the same name as a year-old diner on The Strip. 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 logo 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 brand. There may be cases where others infringe on your trademark without realizing it. When an infringement occurs, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the offender can make them stop. willfully and maliciously exploited, you need to take appropriate measures to protect your brand. You may need to file a state lawsuit for a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer, plus you can try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademark Attorney Brian Russ is Available to Serve Westbrook} Businesses
The answer is straightforward – contactconnect 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 name can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.