Lubbock Trademark Registration
Lubbock 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 Texas, it can assist businesses from Texas in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.
Gerben IP was founded by trademark attorney Josh Gerben in 2008. Since that time, he and his experienced team have registered trademarks for thousands of clients at a reasonable, flat rate. Gerben IP works with individuals and businesses of all sizes, from all over the country, including the Lubbock area. Whether you plan to open a bookstore near Texas Tech or expand your manufacturing business outside Wolfforth, Gerben IP is ready to assist you in registering and protecting your trademarks.
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It’s a great time to own a business in Texas, and new businesses are popping up all over the Lubbock area. If you’re an inventor developing a new product or an entrepreneur with a detailed business plan, don’t forget to start the process to register your trademark as soon as possible.
Consider this scenario: Kevin has a passion for music and has recently developed a smart phone app that helps people find out where they can find live music performances throughout West Texas. He selects the name HearItLive and gets to work partnering with bands, bars, and restaurants to get the app up and running. Kevin’s heard about trademark registration, but decides to delay the process until he’s not so busy.
HearItLive sees success right away, and after a few months, Kevin begins the process to register his trademarks. Unfortunately, during the comprehensive trademark search, he learns that another smart phone app has been developed with a confusingly similar name. Since the developers of the other app registered their trademark with the USPTO, Kevin does not have the right to use it. Now he must pull his app from app stores and completely rebrand, a costly and time consuming process.
Staring a new business can be stressful, but trademark registration doesn’t have to be. Partner with an experienced trademark attorney who will assist you in conducting a trademark search, filing your application, and more while you can remain focused on your new venture. Contact Gerben IP today to learn more about our trademark registration services.
Yes. Whether you are an individual with a single product or a business owner offering a variety of products or services, your business has trademarks. A trademark is anything that represents your brand in the marketplace. Common trademarks include business and product names, logos, slogans, and signature colors, but even smells and sounds can be protected through trademark registration if they represent your unique brand.
The process to register a trademark involves a number of detailed legal decisions. An experienced trademark attorney will conduct a comprehensive trademark search, draft your application, and respond to non-substantive Office Actions on your behalf, all while you continue to focus on your business. Working with an attorney will ensure that the process will be done correctly and it’s likely to improve your chances of approval as well. A study conducted by the University of North Carolina found that trademark applications submitted with the help of an attorney were up to fifty percent more likely to be approved.
You can maintain ownership of your trademark indefinitely, as long as you continue to use it in the marketplace and meet renewal deadlines set by the USPTO. For new trademarks, the first renewal will occur between the fifth and sixth year, and then again between the ninth and tenth year. After that, you will need to renew your trademark every ten years to maintain your protections.
A registered trademark is a small investment that could save you time and money in the future. First, with a registered mark, you won’t be infringing on another business. Without it, you may have to undertake a costly rebranding effort if you find you’ve been using another business’s mark. Your registered trademark will also provide you the presumption of validity nationwide, which means you’ll be able to grow and expand into other areas freely. In addition, a registered trademark is often a requirement of buyers and investors interested in purchasing your business later on, and you can sell your trademark just like any other asset. However, if budget is a concern, contact Gerben IP to learn more about our reasonable, flat rate trademark registration services.
In today’s global economy, it’s not uncommon to reach customers in other countries, but it’s important to know that your federally registered trademark will only protect you in disputes that occur within the United States. If you plan to sell or manufacture your product in other countries, you should consider seeking trademark protections in those countries as well. You can do this by submitting a trademark application directly with each country’s intellectual property office or by using the Madrid Protocol. This is an international treaty that allows an applicant to complete a single application in their home country which can then be applied to over 90 member countries.
Don’t wait until your trademark has been placed on your product labels, website, signage and more to learn that it is not available for use. Start the process to register your trademark as soon as you’ve narrowed down the list of possible marks to use. Work with an attorney to conduct a comprehensive trademark search to learn the availability of the mark you plan to use. Then, submit your application with the USPTO. The date you register will become your priority date, and anyone looking to file a similar mark after that date will not be approved. Waiting to register your mark will leave you vulnerable to infringement later on.
Your trademark will have some basic protections as soon as you use it in the marketplace, but only in the small geographic area where your business is located. If you plan to expand outside Lubbock in the future, you may be prohibited from using your mark in certain areas if existing mark is already in use there. In order to have the presumption of validity nationwide, you must register your trademark with the USPTO
You will most likely need both patent and trademark protections for your invention. For example, you may need design and utility patents to protect how your invention looks and functions, but you’ll also want to consider trademark protections for your product’s name and your business name as well. If you are unsure about the IP protections you need, Gerben IP can assist you.
Businesses often make updates to their trademarks, but it’s important to know that your logo is only protected as it appears in your trademark application. If you make changes to your mark, you will need to submit an updated trademark application.
RA federal trademark registration doesn’t necessarily give you exclusive rights to a particular word. For example, Dove is a trademark associated with both a chocolate company and a soap manufacturer. Because consumers aren’t likely to confuse the products or services both companies offer, both were approved to register the word. If you think a business may be infringing on your mark, Gerben IP can assist you.
“ 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