What We Do

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 from all 50 states and from countries around the world. Our services include:

  • Trademark Clearance Searches
  • Trademark Application Preparation
  • Office Action Responses
  • Trademark Monitoring
  • Trademark Change of Ownership
  • Trademark Portfolio Management
  • Trademark Renewal Filings
  • Trademark Opposition Proceedings
  • Trademark Cancellation Proceedings
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Copyright Applications
  • Patent Clearance Searches
  • Patent Applications
Who We Are

Meet Josh Gerben, founder of Gerben Law Firm.

Welcome to Gerben Law Firm. We have been assisting entrepreneurs, established businesses and other lawyers with trademarks since 2008. I am very proud of the fact that our firm’s representation has resulted in the successful registration of more than 5,500 trademarks with the USPTO. Please contact us with your questions. We always offer complimentary consultations.

Trademark Registration
Plus Government Fees

  • Federal and State Trademark Search using CORSEARCH software
  • Common Law Trademark Search
  • Attorney Consultation Time
  • Drafting and Filing of Trademark Application
  • Responding to Non-Substantive Office Actions
  • Sending Registration Certificate

Please Note: The flat legal fee advertised above applies to a trademark search and filing in up to two classes of goods/services for a trademark that is currently in-use in the United States. Call for a quote on your specific trademark if it does not meet these parameters.

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Three Steps We've Used to Register 5,500 Trademarks
Step 1: Comprehensive Trademark Search

Once you complete our engagement form, we will conduct a comprehensive federal, state and common law trademark search. Our search of federal and state trademark databases is done utilizing software provided by Corsearch. This is an industry leading trademark search software used by the largest law firms in the world. Our search works to identify any potential issue with your desired trademark prior to making a trademark filing.

Step 2: Trademark Attorney Consultation

Within 7-10 days of commencing work, we will return the trademark search results for your review. You can then set up a time to talk to one of our attorneys about the search results and any other questions you have about the trademark registration process. In the event that our search uncovers a problem, we offer a complimentary second search on a different trademark.

Step 3: Trademark Application Filed

Our experienced trademark attorneys will prepare your trademark application for your review and approval. Having drafted and successfully registered over 5,500 trademarks since 2008, our attorneys understand the intricacies of a US trademark application and will ensure your application is drafted to give you the best chance of approval possible.

Breakdown of Our Trademark Service

Clients in Lancaster, PA Utilize Gerben Law Firm for Trademark Attorney Services

Gerben Law Firm was founded by trademark attorney Josh Gerben in 2008. Since that time, he and his experienced team have registered thousands of trademarks from clients across the country. Gerben Law Firm has a physical office in Lititz, just north of Lancaster. We provide professional trademark services to individuals and businesses of all sizes (locally & nationally). Whether you are starting an Etsy shop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, or growing your manufacturing firm outside Mount Joy, Gerben Law Firm is here to assist you.

Federal Trademark Registration for Your Business

Testimonials from our Clients in the Lancaster Pennsylvania Area

“I had the pleasure of working with Josh on a trademark. I appreciate his upfront pricing and attention to detail. He makes sure you are well informed and will answer your questions thoroughly. I look forward to working with Josh again for my future trademark needs.”

– Tony Diehl
CEO / Founder at Stickable Media | Leader in Internet Marketing, Online Branding & Social Media – Near Lancaster, PA

Top 4 Questions Lancaster Businesses Have About Obtaining a Trademark

  • What is a trademark?
    • Anything that represents your brand in the marketplace can be a trademark. Common trademarks include business or product names, logos, and slogans, but even sounds, smells, and colors can be protected through trademark registration.
  • Do I need to work with an attorney?
    • The USPTO doesn’t require U.S. applicants to work with an attorney, but they strongly encourage it. Applications submitted with the help of a trademark attorney are often more thorough, and applications are drafted to provide the broadest range of protection. These applications are also more likely to be approved! In fact, a recent study by the University of North Carolina found that trademark applications submitted with the help of an attorney are 50% more likely to be approved.
  • What are Office Actions?
    • The United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, often issues Office Actions throughout the registration process. There are many reasons to receive an Office Action. Often, the USPTO is asking for clarification or additional materials. Sometimes, the Office Action is notification that your application has been rejected. Whatever the reason, it’s extremely important to respond appropriately and in a timely manner. If you’ve received an Office Action from the USPTO, contact us to determine your next steps.
  • What should I do if I think someone is infringing on my trademark?
    • If you think you’ve found potential infringement, it is best to contact a trademark attorney. Your attorney will examine the case and determine the best course of action. In many instances, a cease-and-desist letter is all that is needed, but occasionally more formal legal action will need to be taken.

Common Misunderstandings about Filing Trademarks for Lancaster Businesses

  • I registered my trademark with the State of Pennsylvania, so I do not need to register with the USPTO.
    • Registering with your state won’t hinder your federal registration, but it won’t provide full protection either. If you wish to expand your business outside the Lancaster area, you will need to obtain a federal trademark registration by filing with the USPTO. A federally registered trademark will give you the presumption of nationwide validity in all fifty states, and will help you in legal proceedings outside Pennsylvania.
  • My U.S. trademark will protect my brand in other countries.
  • Once I register a word, no one else will be able to use it.
    • This is not necessarily true. The USPTO will reject another trademark application if there could be a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace. In many situations, however, it’s possible for two businesses to use the same trademark without the possibility of confusion. For example, Delta is a trademark used by both an airline and a faucet manufacturer. Since consumers aren’t likely to confuse the two businesses, they are free to use it. Contact Gerben Law Firm if you are unsure whether another business may be infringing on your mark.
  • I did my own Google search of my trademark, so I don’t need a search done by a trademark attorney.
    • A simple internet search, like one done through Google, will likely not be comprehensive enough to determine whether a mark is available for registration. In fact, most search engines will only return exact matches, though many trademark disputes arise from marks that may be confusingly similar, not exact matches. Trademark attorneys have access to a more sophisticated search software that will reveal both exact and similar matches to your trademark.
  • The symbols “TM” and “®” mean the same thing.
    • These symbols are each used to represent a trademark at different stages of registration. The ® shows that a trademark has been federally registered. Don’t use this symbol until your mark has been approved by the USPTO. You may be anxious to so, but it’s important to know that using the ® symbol before your mark has been registered is a violation of federal law and could lead to your application being cancelled. While you wait for approval from the USPTO, you are free to use the ™ symbol.

The Number of Trademarks Registered by Lancaster Businesses (by Year)

How many trademarks have Lancaster, PA businesses registered over the years? Gerben Law Firm collected the following data.

Year# of Trademarks Registered

*data was gathered from the USPTO’s public database

Types of Trademark Services We Offer

Additional Information on Trademark Registration for Lancaster Businesses

Lancaster is a city rich in history and entrepreneurship, which makes it a great place to start a business. While you may be busy choosing your location, hiring staff, and advertising your new venture, don’t forget to protect it utilizing trademark registration services.

Picture this scenario: Erin has worked as a teacher for years, and she’s recently decided to open a preschool in Lancaster, which she plans to name Maplewood Academy. She gets right to work, choosing the perfect location, furnishing classrooms, and hiring teachers. With so much to do, she decides to wait on trademark registration. After all, no one in the area is using the name she’s chosen for her preschool.

Unfortunately, that decision ends up costing Erin both time and money. A few months after the preschool opens, she receives a cease-and-desist letter in the mail. A school with several locations in the Midwest goes by the same name, and because they registered the name with the USPTO years before, they are well within their rights to ask Erin to rebrand her business.

Gerben Law Firm understands the pressures of opening a new business. Working with a trademark attorney allows you to focus on growing the business, while we focus on protecting it through trademark registration. Contact Gerben Law Firm today to learn more about our trademark registration services.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Address

Gerben Intellectual Property
1555 Highlands Dr, Suite 120
Lititz, PA 17543