Chesapeake Trademark Registration
Chesapeake 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 Virginia, it can assist businesses from Virginia in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.
In 2008, Gerben IP was founded by trademark attorney Josh Gerben with a mission to provide professional trademark registration services for a reasonable, flat rate. Since that time, Gerben IP has worked with thousands of individuals and businesses of all sizes to protect and monitor their trademarks.
Gerben IP works with clients across the country, including the Chesapeake area. Whether you plan to provide plumbing services in South Norfolk or operate a salon in Western Branch, Gerben IP is ready to assist you in registering and protecting your valuable trademarks.
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With scenic views and a steady year-round population, it’s a great time to start a business in Chesapeake. If you’re planning to start your own venture in the Hampton Roads area, don’t overlook the importance of trademark registration.
Consider this scenario: Kara operates a successful florist shop in Chesapeake called Violet’s. She’s been in business for over a decade and has built up quite a reputation and following throughout the Hampton Roads area. Before she opened her doors, however, she worked with an attorney to register her trademark.
One day, a customer comes to Kara with some frustrating news. A florist in Norfolk recently opened a shop called Violet’s Flowers, and Kara’s loyal customer assumed the two stores were affiliated. While Kara is upset to learn of the other florist, she knows her business name is protected through trademark registration. Instead of worrying, Kara contacts her trademark attorney who then sends a cease-and-desist letter to the Norfolk business (enforcement).
Trademark registration has benefits for businesses of all sizes. Don’t wait to start the process. Contact Gerben IP today to learn more about our reasonable, flat rate trademark registration services.
A trademark is anything that indicates a product or service is associated with a particular brand. Business or product names, logos, and slogans are most commonly associated with trademark registration, but even sounds, colors, and smells can be registered with the USPTO.
The process to register a trademark involves many detailed decisions and knowledge of trademark law. As a business owner, you’re likely to be focused on growing your business, not IP law. When you work with an experienced trademark attorney, you will get a suite of professional trademark registration services, including a comprehensive trademark search, application filing, and even responses to non-substantive Office Actions on your behalf. In addition to taking many things off your to-do list, they’re likely to increase your chances of approval as well! A recent study by the University of North Carolina found that trademark applications submitted with the assistance of a trademark attorney increased the likelihood of approval by up to fifty percent.
It’s possible you may still be able to used the business name, as long as it’s not likely to cause confusion with the existing business. For example, Dove is the brand name for both a company that makes soaps and a company that makes chocolates. Because consumers aren’t likely to confuse the two brands, both have been able to register the name with the USPTO. If you are unsure about the availability of your preferred mark, Gerben IP can help.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, is a division of the Department of Commerce. Examiners at the USPTO review applications for patents and trademarks and make decisions about approval. The USPTO also maintains the records of patents and trademarks.
As soon as possible! Ideally, trademark registration should be one of your first priorities as a new business owner. Before you buy signage with your business name or place your logo on your products, you should know whether these trademarks are available for use. This can be done by engaging a trademark attorney to conduct a comprehensive trademark search. In addition, the day you submit your application to the USPTO will become your priority date. Anyone looking to file a confusingly similar mark after that date will not be approved. Delaying trademark registration could leave your brand vulnerable to infringement in the future.
As an inventor, you may likely need both patents and trademarks to protect your product. Patents will protect the unique design and functional features of your invention, while trademarks will protect things like your product name, business name, and logo. If you are unsure what IP protections your business needs, Gerben IP can assist you.
The United States is a common law country, so you will have some protections as soon as you use your mark in public. However, these basic protections may not be enough to protect your brand moving forward. For instance, you’ll only be protected in the small geographic area where your business is based. If you plan to expand outside the Chesapeake area in the future, you may be prohibited from using your mark in other areas where confusingly similar marks are already in use. You’ll also have a more challenging time asserting your trademark rights in legal proceedings. In order to have the presumption of validity nationwide, you will need to register your trademark with the USPTO.
We live in a global economy. It’s very possible that you’ll reach customers outside the United States at some point, and your federally registered trademark will not protect you in other countries. If you do business outside the U.S., whether through sales, distribution, or manufacturing, you should strongly consider registering your trademark in other countries.
When you complete your trademark application, you will need to select the trademark classes that best represent the goods or services you plan to offer under your trademark. Your logo will only be protected in association with the trademark classes you’ve included on your application. Work with a trademark attorney to determine which trademark classes you should include on your application.
In most cases, you can’t afford not to take legal action against infringement. When another business or individual uses a confusingly similar mark, either knowingly or unknowingly, it could have a significant impact on your brand’s success. Consumers could be swayed from your business and your brand’s reputation could be damaged. If you find potential infringement, work with a trademark attorney to determine the best course of legal action, which could be something as simple as a cease-and-desist letter, though sometimes more formal legal action could be required.
“ 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