Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a United States trademark legal firm focused on helping companies build and protect their brands. We get the need to distinguish your brand from your competitors. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian understands the worries of small business owners and how securing brand protection is vital when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with corporations throughout the United States work through common branding 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 Wickliffe, Ohio, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Hang on now,” you may be saying, “I thought Brian Russ Law, Inc. a California law practice? Can they help clients outside of California, like in Wickliffe or Ohio?” Yes! We help businesses anywhere with trademark registration support services. The United States Patent Trademark Office allows lawyers licensed anywhere in the US to represent clients in USPTO proceedings. Also check out our trademark-specific site at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
Wickliffe’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 lawyers 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 logo of your enterprise, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in Wickliffe, 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. Companies are in the best position to protect their name and logo if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen many companies make the oversight 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. Intellectual property is a critical issue for startups, especially when the brand and recognition are primary drivers of revenue from target 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 Lawyer
The best way a business entrepreneur 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 8x the time, money, and effort of doing it right in the first place. A good United States trademark lawyer can help any size business 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 business strategy with because that will lead to the best synergy for your company.
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 registering a DBA/FBN statement means their brand name is trademarked and safe from litigation. This is not true. Securing an LLC or a Doing Business As Statement does not equal trademark protection. The Secretary of State doesn't check for trademarks to make sure businesses are not violating them. 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. It’s incumbent on the business owner to retain counsel to assess the trademark risk of using your 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 hamburger shop on the main drag of Wickliffe} called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend years establishing your reputation. But you never get around to registering a federal trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. You happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a brand new 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 pub from using your name. Another difficult scenario is what to do if you start a business using a name that was already trademarked by another person.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
Make sure you have a playbook in place to protect your name if someone infringes your brand. It's important to be aware of how your brand might be infringed on by people. Sometimes, having a attorney send a cease-and-desist letter to the infringer will make them stop. In other cases, where the offender is intentionally and maliciously infringing your brand, you need to be prepared to take steps to fight them. A state lawsuit could be necessary to obtain a temporary and permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can also try to recover damages including lost profits.
Trademark Lawyer Brian Russ is Excited to Serve Wickliffe} Entrepreneurs
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 intellectual property can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.