The Madrid Protocol is an international filing system that allows members of the Protocol to file in multiple jurisdictions using the same, streamlined system. However, many international applicants face common refusals that increase risk, cause delays, and cost money to fix.
Swedish companies can use their EU registrations to register a trademark in the U.S., however, there are nuances to the US registration process that can cause delays or refusals to foreign companies.
Navigating the United States trademark filing system can be a daunting task for companies from the European Union or United Kingdom. This is because the information required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is typically more stringent than the trademark offices in the EU and UK. The following article discusses three main issues [...]
A foreign company filing a trademark in the United States can save significant time and costs by engaging a local US trademark attorney to assist with the application process.
As the USPTO deals with an increasing number of fraudulent filings, Gerben Law Firm's investigation reveals Chinese subsidy programs for businesses and individuals who obtain U.S. trademark registrations.
Gerben Law Firm works extensively with international clients and their foreign counsel to assist with the filing of trademark applications in the United States (we serve as a local counsel in the United States in this capacity). Clients (and their attorneys) from over 30 countries have used Gerben Law Firm's local counsel trademark services to [...]
Starting November 7th of this year, a 99th member will be added to the Madrid Protocol. Becoming the 115th country, Thailand will officially become a member of the Madrid Protocol. If you have ever wanted to expand your trademark rights to more than one country, you are probably familiar with the Madrid Protocol. If you [...]
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted on a public referendum to leave the European Union. This referendum, known as “Brexit” (a combination of Britain & Exit) and has put the future of British trade with other European Union members in a state of turmoil. However, its effects could reach far outside of Europe, [...]
As a business owner in today's world it is likely that you are, at least, tangentially, in business internationally. That’s because you almost certainly have a website for your business, and that website theoretically gives the entire connected world access to your business, products, and services. While the opportunities of the online marketplace are certainly compelling, [...]
The protections and benefits of a registered U.S. trademark come with a series of responsibilities of ownership. One of your most important responsibilities is to maintain and renew your trademark at the required intervals set by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Upon the initial registration of your trademark, it is important to make [...]