King of Prussia Trademark Registration
King of Prussia 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.
Since opening its doors in 2008, Gerben IP has been helping individuals and businesses of all sizes register and protect their trademarks. The experienced trademark attorneys at Gerben IP have registered thousands of trademarks for clients across the country, including King of Prussia. Whether you plan to open a deli near King of Prussia Mall or expand your plumbing business in Upper Merion, trademark attorney Josh Gerben and his team are ready to assist you.
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It’s an exciting time to own a business in King of Prussia! As the entrepreneurial spirit of this community continues to grow, new businesses are popping up all over the city. If you plan to start your own new venture, be sure to work with an attorney to register your trademarks. (Learn more about hiring an attorney).
Consider this scenario: Allison is a chef in King of Prussia who is passionate about offering healthy food to the community. She decides to start her own meal prep service, providing healthy, make-ahead meal kits to families. Allison selects the name Fresh and Lean and does a quick Google search to see if any other meal prep service is currently using the same name. When she doesn’t find an exact match, she moves ahead with ordering labels and creating marketing material, all with the business name displayed.
If Allison had worked with an attorney to conduct a proper trademark search, she would have learned about another meal preparation service provider outside of Washington, D.C. that filed a trademark application for the name prior to Allison using it in the marketplace. Now, Allison must postpone the opening of her business until her she selects a new trademark, files a trademark application, and rebrands her business.
Both trademarks and copyrights are forms of intellectual property, but each protects something different. Trademarks, for instance, protect anything that shows a product or service is associated with a particular brand. Common trademarks include business or product names, slogans, and logos. Copyrights, on the other hand, protect creative works like art, poetry, song lyrics, and novels.
On average, the trademark registration process takes about 8-10 months from start to finish. In some instances, though, it can take a year or more to obtain approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO.
Start now! Ideally, filing for trademark protections should be one of the very first actions you take when planning to open your own business. Do this before you start using your mark of choice, investing in product labeling and signage, and creating a marketing campaign. This way, you’ll be certain your trademark is available before investing more money. Contact Gerben IP to begin the process to register your trademark.
The USPTO has 47 different classes of goods and services that a trademark may represent. On your trademark application, you will need to select the International Classes which best represent the products or services you plan to offer under your trademark. Deciding which International Classes to file can be challenging. Include only the goods or services in your application that you are currently offering, or have intent to offer in the near future. The attorneys at Gerben IP can assist you in selecting the correct International Classes for your application.
No. Once your trademark registration has been approved by the USPTO, the responsibility of monitoring and policing the mark becomes your responsibility. Fortunately, many trademark attorneys, including those at Gerben IP, offer trademark monitoring services, and they will assist you in taking legal action if necessary. We put together a guide on handling infringement, which can be found here.
It’s understandable to be budget-conscious as you plan to open your business. While some business costs may seem unnecessary in the early stages of your business, don’t overlook trademark registration. Failing to register your trademark could actually cost you more in the long run if you later learn you are infringing on another business. In addition, working without a trademark could leave you vulnerable to infringement from other businesses, which could confuse customers and steer them away from your business. Register your trademark with the USPTO to ensure your trademark is protected.
This may not be true. A Google search, and other DIY search sites, tend to only return exact matches to your trademark. Unfortunately, most trademark disputes arise from confusingly similar matches, not exact matches. Work with an experienced trademark attorney that will conduct a comprehensive trademark search that returns not just exact matches, but similar matches to your trademark as well. Read this for best practices on doing your own name search.
While registering your business name with the USPTO is an important start to protect your brand, it’s likely not enough to provide full protection. In addition to your business name, consider all the things that represent your brand, including product names, logos, slogans, and even signature colors. If you are unsure about what aspects of your business could benefit from trademark protection, contact Gerben IP.
The symbol ® is designated only for trademarks that have been registered by the USPTO. Using ® prior to registration is a fraud and could be grounds for rejection of your trademark application. Until your trademark registration has been approved, you can use the ™ symbol.
“ 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