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This trademark blog and informational section of the website is meant to provide you with answers to commonly asked questions about trademark searching, filing, and registration.

What Do Trademark Attorneys Do?

Trademark attorneys typically do five things: Identify your company’s trademarks. Conduct proper trademark searches. Develop a legal filing strategy for your company’s trademarks. Draft trademark applications. Respond to USPTO Office Actions. In today’s world, you have a lot of internet-based companies that claim they can file your trademark for $69, so why should you hire […]

What EXACT Trademark(s) You Should File

When completing a trademark application, one of the most critical questions you will answer is what is the exact trademark you will be registering. When we ask clients this question, we typically get a variety of different answers. Sometimes, businesses or individual just want to register their name, other times they want to protect a […]

Our Trademark Pricing and Process

The trademark application process can be lengthy and complicated. Hiring an attorney to handle the search, filing, and monitoring of your application not only increases the chance of successfully acquiring registration of your trademark, but it also frees up a significant amount of time for you to focus on growing your business. With over eleven […]

What Can a Trademark Attorney do for Your Business?

If you are a business owner looking to protect your brand, consider working with an experienced trademark attorney.  Your attorney will conduct a comprehensive trademark search and also file your application with the USPTO and respond to Office Actions on your behalf.  Once your trademark is registered, your attorney can monitor its use and work […]

How to Copyright Your Website

If you are a business owner or blogger seeking protection for your website, you should begin the process to copyright your site by registering with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Here are the 5 steps to copyright a website: Determine the ownership of the website’s content. Determine what can be copyrighted. Work with an experienced copyright […]

How to Patent a Product

Steps to patent a product provided by a patent attorney: Hire an experienced patent attorney. Determine whether you should consider a design patent, a utility patent, or both. Work with your patent attorney to conduct a patentability search. File your application with the USPTO. Respond to Office Actions by set deadlines. Hire an Experienced Patent […]

Why Foreign Companies Should Register a Trademark in the U.S.

If you are a foreign business owner looking to tap into the large consumer market in the United States, begin by first registering your trademark with the USPTO.  It is important to file your trademark application in the U.S. as soon as possible to prevent others from registering a similar mark.  If you already have […]

How to Conduct a Proper Trademark Search

Before registering your trademark with the USPTO, it’s important to conduct a trademark search to ensure no one else is currently using your mark. While there are many “free” online search services, these are more often than not insufficient to identity all possible issues with your trademark. At Gerben Law Firm, one of our biggest […]

Why Every Business Should Register Their Trademarks

If you own or manage a business, you have at least one trademark- the name of your company. In addition to that, you most likely have product and service names, logos, slogans, and other trademarks that are valuable assets to your business. In order to protect these trademarks, it’s important to register them with the […]

How to Select a Strong Brand Name

When it comes to selecting a name for a brand, product, or service, trademark attorneys often take a different approach than most marketers. Our main consideration is whether or not a name is unique enough to be protected with a federal trademark registration. However, finding a name that aligns with your brand, while still being […]

Do I Need an Attorney to Register a U.S. Trademark?

As of August 3rd, 2019, the USPTO will now require foreign trademark registrants to hire a U.S. trademark attorney to file their applications. Though it is highly recommended, United States citizens, permanent residents, and those filing through the Madrid Protocol are not required to work with a trademark attorney at this time. As you prepare […]

Trademark Registration: DIY vs Hiring an Attorney

When it comes to registering your trademark, don’t be tempted by DIY legal sites that provide little guidance and assistance throughout the process. Work with an experienced trademark attorney to ensure your trademark application process runs smoothly and quickly. As you begin the process to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark […]