Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a United States trademark law office focused on helping corporations build and protect their brands. We appreciate the need to differentiate your brand from your competition. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, lawyer Brian gets the struggles of small business owners and how securing brand protection is vital when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies throughout the United States 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 Kettering, Maryland, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Hang on now,” you may be wondering, “I heard Brian Russ Law, Inc. a California law office? Can they help clients outside of California, like in Kettering or Maryland?” Yes! We help entrepreneurs nationwide with trademark registration support services. The United States Patent Trademark Office allows lawyers licensed anywhere in the USA to represent clients in USPTO proceedings. Also visit our trademark-specific site at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
Kettering’s Trademark Lawyer
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark attorney is someone with experience in trademark registration, protection, and litigation support who regularly works with entrepreneurs. 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 Kettering, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Help Your Company?
A trademark lawyer's job is bedeviling simple - to help businesses protect their brand. Companies are in the strongest position to protect their brand if they think about brand protection pre-launch or shortly after their launch. Our firm's seen so many companies drop tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and marketing only to discover 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 user engagement. If you want to protect your company name, call us.
What To Look For In a Trademark Lawyer
The best way a business owner can protect their name is to take action. Equally problematic to doing nothing when working on trademarks is to DIY it without an attorney's support. We find the best trademark attorneys are like us - experienced in helping businesses of all sizes from across the globe in a variety of industries. The qualities you should consider when securing legal support for your trademark is the experience of the attorney, their online reviews, and how personable they are. To have the best synergy for your brand, it’s important to find an attorney 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 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. As a business owner, you need to hire an attorney to find out if your company name infringes on someone else's trademark.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Most small businesses need to protect their brands. Imagine this – you start a hamburger restaurant on the main drag of Kettering} called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend decades establishing your reputation. But you don’t take steps to federally register your trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. 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. 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 name 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. It's important to be aware of how your trademark might be infringed on by others. Sometimes, having a law firm send a cease-and-desist notice 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. You could need to file a lawsuit for a temporary injunction and/or permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can try to recover lost profits as well.
Trademark Attorney Brian Russ is Excited to Serve Kettering} Companies
The answer is simple – callconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding calls 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.