Chandler Trademark Registration
Chandler Trademark Registration
We have been assisting entrepreneurs, established businesses and other lawyers with trademarks since 2008. We are very proud of the fact that our firm’s representation has resulted in the successful registration of more than 7,500 trademarks with the USPTO.
We offer a full range of trademark, copyright and patent services to entrepreneurs, established businesses and other attorneys (on behalf of their clients). We can assist clients in all 50 U.S. states and from countries around the world.
Please note that while Gerben IP is not located in Arizona, it can assist businesses from Arizona in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.
Trademark attorney Josh Gerben founded Gerben IP in 2008. Since that time, our firm has represented thousands of clients from across the country, including the Chandler area. We offer premium trademark registration and monitoring services, including conducting trademark searches, filing applications, and responding to Office Actions, for a reasonable flat rate.
Gerben IP partners with individuals and businesses of all sizes. Whether you plan to open a sandwich shop in West Chandler or a financial planning office in Gilbert, Gerben IP is ready to assist you.
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Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and raise a family, Chandler has seen steady population growth over the last several years. With the new residents and neighborhoods that have popped up all over the city comes a new generation of business owners and entrepreneurs looking to call Chandler home. If you are considering starting your own venture in Chandler, don’t overlook the importance of trademark registration.
Imagine this scenario: Grant, a food lover and health enthusiast, has created a line of low carb, high protein breads and baked goods. He starts selling his products at the Chandler Farmers Market on weekends. After a few months, he sees tremendous success with his venture, which he calls Trim Bakery, and is encouraged to offer his products online and in health food stores across the country.
Unfortunately, as he makes connections with a health food chain on the east coast, Grant learns some frustrating news. Another company out of New York has been using the same name, and because they registered the name with the USPTO, they are within their rights to keep Grant from doing business in the area.
Even small businesses like Grant’s could benefit from trademark registration. Contact Gerben IP today to protect your Chandler-based business through trademark registration.
A trademark is anything that indicates a product or service is associated with a specific brand. Common trademarks include business names, product names, slogans, and logos. Once you’ve registered your trademark with the USPTO, you will be protected from infringement by other businesses. You’ll also be protected from infringing on other businesses. These valuable protections allow you to maintain control of your brand’s reputation in the marketplace.
The United States is a common law country, which means you’ll have some basic trademark protections as soon as you begin using it in the marketplace. However, these protections are extremely limited. For instance, you’ll only be protected in the small geographic region your business is located. If you plan to expand outside Chandler one day, you may be prohibited from using your mark in certain areas where a similar mark already exists. You’ll also face more challenges asserting your trademark rights in legal proceedings. In order to gain the presumption of validity nationwide, you need to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO.
As soon as possible! Ideally, filing for trademark registration should be one of the very first things you do as you plan to open your business. Before you begin to use your mark and invest in signage, product labeling, marketing materials, and more, you’ll want to know that your mark will not infringe on another business. In addition, the date you file your application will become your priority date. Anyone looking to file a similar trademark registration after this date will not be approved by the USPTO. Failing to register your trademark with the USPTO could leave you vulnerable to infringement in the future, leading to costly legal fees or time-consuming rebranding efforts.
Because your federally registered trademark will only protect your trademark in disputes that occur within the U.S., it’s important to register your trademark in any other country you do business. U.S. trademark owners have two options when filing trademark registrations internationally. The first is to file a trademark application directly with each country’s trademark office. The second is to utilize the Madrid Protocol, an international treaty allowing applicants to complete a single application in their home language. The completed application could be forwarded to any of the more than 90 member countries. Each country, then, would make its own determination about approval. Get More information on how to register internationally.
The ® symbol indicates that your trademark registration has been approved by the USPTO. Do not use this symbol until you’ve received approval, as it could be grounds for cancellation of your application. While you wait for your trademark registration to be approved, you are free to use the ™ symbol.
Trademarks, copyrights, and patents are all different forms of intellectual property. Trademarks, as noted above, can be anything that represents your brand in the marketplace, most commonly including words, logos, and even colors. Copyrights, on the other hand, protect creative works, like art, poetry, and novels, while patents protect new and novel inventions. In some cases, you may need more than one protection for your intellectual property. For example, your product may need protections for its name, while its unique functions may qualify for a patent.
Because of the common law rights of the U.S., your competitor likely has some rights to the trademark. In addition, knowingly registering someone else’s trademark is a fraud, and it could be grounds for your trademark’s cancellation. Learn more about trademark common law rights.
The process to register a trademark involves many detailed legal decisions and actions along the way, including conducting a comprehensive trademark search, drafting an application with the correct International Classes, and responding to Office Actions in an appropriate and timely manner. While it’s possible to file a trademark application without the help of a trademark attorney, it’s not recommended. When you work with a trademark attorney from the start, you can ensure that the process runs smoothly and efficiently. In addition, working with a trademark attorney could also increase your changes of approval. A study by the University of North Carolina found that applications submitted with the help of a trademark attorney were up to fifty percent more likely to be approved by the USPTO.
You may still be infringing on another business. Most trademark disputes occur due to confusingly similar matches, not exact matches. Work with an attorney to conduct a comprehensive trademark search, revealing not only exact matches to your mark, but similar matches as well. Then register your trademark with the USPTO to be sure that you will not be infringing on another business.
Each trademark will need its own trademark filing. For instance, your business name, product name, and logo would each require a different application, resulting in three separate filings.
“ We were referred to Josh by a business colleague, and were skeptical that any online US Trademark filing process could be both simple and successful. Our experience with other firms (on other trademarks) had been tedious and expensive, by comparison. But Josh’s system worked, and we were awarded both trademarks…”
— Michael Zimmerman, MarketPoint
“…I am smart enough to know that this is a highly specialized area of the law that requires patience, understanding, extensive research, a finely tuned verification process and the ability to navigate the steps and procedures established by the federal government. But I am even smarter to know that, in the age of the specialist, I needed the best…”
— Wayne Halper, Law Office of Wayne Halper
“…When working with Josh on our Trademark/Service Mark application process, his communication was excellent and his expertise and personal demeanor quickly built trust in the business matters. He manages a detailed and well balanced analysis and is results and success driven..”
— Johan Reinhoudt, EffectiveSalesCoaching.NL
“ I hired Josh to do some trademarking work for me. He was very knowledgeable, explained the process clearly, made sure it was filed in a timely manner, and followed up with me each step of the way.”
— Kathy Wolper, Kathy’s Just Desserts, Inc.
“ Working with Josh was an absolute pleasure. He made the process of getting our trademark a breeze. Should we ever seek another trademark we would certainly retain Josh again in a heartbeat. I recommend him very highly.”
— Verena Frydberg, Makeover Your MS
“ Every now and again you come across someone who you know will always get the job done, be upfront and honest, and looks out for you. It’s great never having to worry about Trademarks. I know I can just give him a call and it’ll be done quickly, affordable, and done right…”
— Megan Cummins, Sparklepop