Chula Vista Trademark Registration
Chula Vista 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 California, it can assist businesses from California in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.
Trademark attorney Josh Gerben founded Gerben IP in 2008, with a mission to provide professional trademark registration services at a reasonable, flat rate. Our boutique IP law firm of IP attorneys assist individuals and businesses of all sizes with registration and monitoring services. Gerben IP works with clients across the country, including Chula Vista. Whether you plan to open a wine bar in Rancho Del Ray or expand your plumbing business in North Chula Vista, we’re ready to assist you.
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It’s a great time to start a new business in Chula Vista! This San Diego suburb has a steady population growth, commitment to revitalization, and beautiful year-round weather, and entrepreneurs are flocking to the area to be a part of it all. If you plan to start your own venture in Chula Vista, begin the process to register your trademark now.
Consider this scenario: Patrick, a web developer living in San Miguel Ranch, has created a smartphone app that monitors the surfing conditions at beaches along California’s coast. He decides to call his app SurfNow, but before he begins using the name in public, he contacts a trademark attorney to conduct a comprehensive search. Soon, the attorney contacts Patrick with the news that another app in development, one that helps surfers to sell and swap surf equipment, has registered a similar trademark.
While Patrick is frustrated that he cannot use the business name he planned to use, he knows that it’s better to find this out before he submits his application and begins using the mark in public. Now, he can work with his attorney to create a new trademark, one that isn’t already in use, before he files for trademark registration.
Gerben IP is ready to assist you in conducting a trademark search and filing your application with the USPTO. Contact us today to begin the process of registering and protecting your trademarks.
A trademark is anything that represents your brand in the marketplace. Business owners most commonly trademark their business and product names, slogans, and logos. If your brand has a signature color, however, or if you plan to market your product with a distinct sound or smell, you may want to register those as trademarks as well. Learn more about business vs product registration.
The United States is a common law country, which means your trademark will have some basic protections as soon as you begin to use it in public. These protections, however, are quite limited. First, you’ll have a more challenging time asserting your trademark rights in legal disputes. You’ll also only be protected in the small geographic region where your business is based. If you plan to expand outside Chula Vista and the San Diego area in the future, you may be prohibited from using your mark in certain regions where a similar mark is already in use. In order to have the presumption of validity nationwide, you will need to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO.
Right now! Ideally, beginning the process to register your trademark should be one of the first things you do when planning your business. Before you begin using your trademark in public, on things like signage, product labeling, or marketing materials, you’ll want to be sure that the mark is actually available for use. Delaying the registration process could leave your business vulnerable to infringement in the future.
A trademark registered with the USPTO will be protected in trademark disputes that arise within the United States. Your federally registered trademark will not be protected outside the U.S. If you do business in another country, through sales, manufacturing, or distribution, you should strongly consider seeking trademark registration in that country as well.
Yes, working with an experienced attorney will likely increase your chances of approval. In fact, a study by the University of North Carolina found that trademark applications submitted with the assistance of a trademark attorney were 50% more likely to be approved by the USPTO. This is because trademark attorneys will conduct a thorough trademark search, draft your application correctly, and respond to non-substantive Office Actions on your behalf, resulting in a smooth registration process from start to finish.
Once you’ve submitted your application and paid your fees to the USPTO, an examiner will be assigned to your trademark application. However, if your examiner finds that a confusingly similar trademark is already in use, your application could be rejected and your filing fees lost. Work with a trademark attorney to conduct a comprehensive trademark search prior to submitting your application. If you find that a similar mark has already been registered, you can make changes before submitting your application.
This may not be the case. The USPTO will reject a trademark application if it is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. If the likelihood of confusion is low, however, you may still be able to register the trademark. Dove, for example, is a trademark that has been registered by both a chocolate company and a soap brand, because consumers aren’t likely to confuse the two businesses.
The USPTO requires a person’s signature if their name will appear in a trademark. Any application without documented approval will be rejected.
If you’ve developed a product, registering that product’s name is a great start to protecting your brand, but it may not be enough to fully protect it. Consider other aspects of your business that represent your brand in the marketplace. Your business name, logo, and slogan, for instance, will all require trademark registration. If you are unsure which aspects of your business should be registered with the USPTO, contact Gerben IP.
The trademark registration symbol ® shows that your trademark has been federally registered. Using this symbol before your mark has been approved by the USPSTO violates federal law and could be grounds for rejection of your application. Prior to receiving approval from the USPTO, you are free to use the ™ symbol. Learn more about which symbol to use.
“ 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