New York City, New York

New York City Trademark Registration

Trademark Attorney Services for Your New York City Business

Office Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10111 | 212-328-1183

Welcome to Gerben IP

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.

Protect your trademark
with the assistance of
a trademark attorney
for a flat fee of:

$1,500

(Plus Government Filing Fee)

Providing Trademark Services for New York City-based Businesses

Gerben IP is a trademark law firm that was created by trademark attorney Josh Gerben. Mr. Gerben’s trademark focused firm represents a wide range of clients all over the United States, including New York City, New York. Our office is located in the Rockefeller Center building. Gerben IP’s trademark services include trademark search, trademark application, trademark registration (filing) as well as trademark renewal and trademark monitoring services.

Gerben IP is focused on offering top shelf services at a fraction of the cost of larger law firms. To do this, trademark lawyer Josh Gerben has developed an efficient system that allows him to work with each client individually at extremely competitive rates.


How many trademarks are filed each year by businesses in New York City, New York?

Gerben IP collected the following data from the USPTO’s public database.

Year# of Trademarks Filed
2021190
2020231
2019250
2018230
2017226
2016221
2015212
2014153
Year# of Trademarks Filed
2013109
2012107
201194
2010102
2009105
2008101
2007127
2006110

Why is trademark registration important for The Big Apple’s business owners?

New York City is home to thousands of small businesses; each block is its own micro-community with an assortment of product and service offerings. So how important is a trademark registration for a business like this in New York? As a small business owner, although you may not be selling your products outside of a region, registering your mark can help prevent many issues. In particular, two scenarios are likely. Let’s say a company is selling tires in New York City. It starts using “Screech Tires” as its trademark but fails to register the trademark.

One scenario is that there’s already another company out there called Screech Tires which the business owners didn’t know about. In this case, the other company could send Screech Tires a cease and desist letter at any point and Screech Tires would likely have to stop selling the products under that name. Any time or money it had invested in building its brand equity in the New York area would effectively be erased overnight.

A second scenario highlighting the importance of obtaining a federal trademark registration is that it gives your business the ability to grow outside of New York. Let’s say there is not another ‘Screech Tires’ in New York or the entire country when the company first starts selling its tires, yet it still does not register the trademark. If at any point in the future someone registers “Screech Tires,” the original Screech Tires will still retain the rights to sell its tires, but only in the specific region which it is currently selling them, which would be the New York City area. The company would never be able to grow without spending a significant amount of legal fees fighting the junior company.

By registering your trademark, not only do you prevent yourself wasting time and money with these problems, but most importantly you gain federal recognition of your ownership of the mark. This prevents anyone from selling products or services under a similar name which could potentially confuse your customers or dilute your brand. It also gives you the right to sue if someone infringes on your trademark without authorization.
Especially in a global economy where products and services can easily be sold over the internet, a trademark registration is crucial to protecting your brand as well as helping you to avoid any future litigation that may arise.

The top 5 questions New York City businesses have about obtaining a trademark.

What exactly is a trademark?

Trademarks are filed to protect names, words, colors, sounds, and symbols. Essentially, a trademark serves to indicate that a product or service is associated with a specific company or brand. Once a federal trademark registration is obtained it provides the presumption of validity to the owner of the trademark on a nationwide basis in the United States. A trademark registration can be renewed indefinitely, as long as the goods and / or services associated with the trademark are still offered in the marketplace.

Why should I hire a trademark attorney?

A common complaint by many individuals and small businesses who are attempting to obtain their first trademark is that they do not want to spend the additional money on hiring a trademark attorney. Money can be tight at the start of a new business or venture, therefore, many entrepreneurs look to complete the trademark search and registration process themselves. However, the reality is that filing a trademark on your own can end up costing you more money in the long run. Over the years at Gerben IP we have seen many clients who spend more money to have me fix and re-file their trademark applications than they would have spent by hiring one of our trademark attorneys initially. By having an experienced trademark attorney handle things from the very beginning, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and hassle.

When should I start the trademark process?

Ideally, trademarks should be filed as quickly as possible. Obtaining a federal trademark registration for your business, product or service name should be treated as an urgent matter. The longer you wait to complete the process, the greater your chances of encountering an issue. For example, a trademark search should be done before you settle on any name. You do not want to create signs for your storefront or print labels for your products only to find out the name you have selected is infringing on another party’s trademark. If a trademark search shows that there is a good chance your desired trademark is clear to adopt and register you should then file the federal trademark application as soon as possible. This is because the filing date of your trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office becomes your priority date nationwide on the trademark.

How long does it take for my trademark to be registered?

Once a trademark application has been successfully completed and filed, the waiting game begins. If the application is “clean” (meaning no issues are found by an examining attorney) it typically takes about 8-10 months for the process to complete. That being said it can take a year or more to complete the registration process in some cases. This is another place where a trademark attorney can be helpful. By getting all the technical points of your application correct an experienced attorney can ensure the trademark registration process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Does hiring a trademark attorney increase my chances of approval?

The simple answer here is “yes”. Not only can a trademark attorney provide you with valuable legal advice throughout the trademark registration process, but a study by the University of North Carolina actually found that trademark applications submitted with the help of an attorney are 50% more likely to be approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


Common misperceptions about trademarks heard around New York City, NY.

The terms trademark, copyright, and patents can all be used interchangeably.

Trademarks, copyrights, and patents do not cover the same things. Trademarks protect items such as product/service names, company names, slogans and logos Alternatively, copyrights protect works of authorship, while patents protect inventions.

My competitor didn’t register its name or logo, so I can trademark it for myself.

Just because a mark hasn’t been federally registered yet doesn’t necessarily mean that you can adopt and use it. The United States is a “common law” country which means that if someone else has adopting and is commercially using a trademark they may have certain rights (even if they did not attempt to register the trademark).

No one else can use a word that I have registered as a federal trademark.

Obtaining a trademark on a word does not necessarily mean that it cannot be used by any other business. A trademark simply verifies the origin of a product or service. Two brands can have the same name if there is no potential confusion between the products or services that they provide. For instance, there is an airline named Delta, but there is also a company named Delta that manufactures and sells faucets. They may have the same name, but they are two entirely different companies in two vastly different industries.

It only takes one trademark to cover your assets.

When submitting a trademark application to the USPTO, you must indicate which categories that your trademark will cover. Failure to choose all of the appropriate categories could leave your assets vulnerable. Be sure to indicate all areas where your trademark could be used.

The symbols “TM” and “®” mean the same thing.

Use of the trademark registration symbol ® indicates that your trademark has been federally registered. You are allowed to use the TM symbol until your trademark application has been approved by the USPTO. Using the ® prior to obtaining your federal trademark registration is a violation of federal law in the United States. If the USPTO sees that you are using this symbol the examiner handling your application will reject your trademark application on grounds you are improperly using the registered trademark symbol.

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Years of Experience
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Trademark Searches
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Trademarks Federally
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Testimonials from our Clients in New York City

PP ★★★★★ Gerben is hands down the best choice for trademark services. Josh and his team have been instrumental in helping me resolve a trademark office action and successfully register my trademark. Their knowledge of trademark law is extensive, and delivered top-notch service as they guided me through the complexities of the process with ease. They were responsive, proactive, and ensured my needs were met. If you want a dedicated and highly capable team to handle your trademark matter, look no further!Tk Burtin-JohnsonTk Burtin-Johnson ★★★★★ Josh and his team were great to work with on our trademark challenges. They provided education in areas we had questions and ensured any errors that we previously made we corrected. Highly recommend!Ferd RodriguezFerd Rodriguez ★★★★★ Date: 8/4/'23 Thank you for your very capable legal assistance in my efforts to obtain a legal trade mark for my product - the Bio Illuminator. I am very pleased to receive this letter, confirming my TM approval. Sincerely, Victor RodriguezSol María Díaz PérezSol María Díaz Pérez ★★★★★ This law firm is a true standout in their field, especially concerning our recent trademark request.Our assigned lawyer showed genuine interest in our business and crafted a robust trademark application that ensured comprehensive protection. Communication was prompt and clear, making us feel valued and well-informed throughout the process.We highly recommend their services to any business needing top-notch legal assistance.Jennie SMITHJennie SMITH ★★★★★ They did as promised. We got our trademark/patent approved. They had informed us every step of the way of any new development or progress on the application.They are very professional!Diego BalmacedaDiego Balmaceda ★★★★★ Great Service Overall !Jason SmithJason Smith ★★★★★ Gerben Intellectual Property provided top-notch services! They did a great job on trademark and intellectual property matters. Highly recommended. Fast and reliable.Robert Bertora - KAMOHA TECHRobert Bertora - KAMOHA TECH ★★★★★ A great firm to do business with. First rate service, their systems and IT also impressed me.js_loader
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45 Rockefeller Plaza, 20th Floor
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