Raleigh Trademark Registration

Trademark Attorney Services for Your Raleigh Business

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.

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Providing Trademark Services for Raleigh-based Businesses

Please note that while Gerben IP is not located in Raleigh, it can assist businesses from North Carolina in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.

Since it was established in 2008, Gerben IP, founded by trademark attorney Josh Gerben, has registered thousands of trademarks for clients across the United States, including the Raleigh area. Gerben and his team of experienced trademark attorneys work with individuals and businesses of all sizes. Whether you plan to open a brewery in Five Points or grow your architecture firm in Apex, Gerben IP is here to assist you.

How many trademarks are filed each year by businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina?

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

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Why is trademark registration important for City of Oaks business owners?

Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, making it a great place to start a new business. If you plan to open your own Raleigh-based business, don’t forget to protect yourself and your brand through trademark registration.

Consider this scenario: Bryan works for a local builder, but spends his evenings and weekends doing handyman work for homeowners in the Raleigh area. To increase his business, Bryan creates a website and starts handing out business cards to his customers, using the name Helping Hammer. Eventually, his customer base grows large enough that Bryan decides to quit his construction job and turn Helping Hammer into a fulltime business.

Unfortunately, just a few months later, Bryan learns some frustrating news. A contractor working in the Triangle also uses the name, and because he registered it with the USPTO, he’s well within his rights to ask Bryan to stop using the name. Now, Bryan must rebrand his website and try to rebuild the customer recognition he had worked so hard to build over the last several years, which is a costly and time consuming endeavor.

Whether you are just starting out or you have been in business for some time, don’t overlook the important step of protecting your business through trademark registrationContact Gerben IP today to learn more about our trademark registration services.

The top 5 questions Raleigh businesses have about obtaining a trademark.

How is a trademark different from a copyright?

A trademark indicates that a particular product or service is associated with a specific brand or business. Common trademarks include words, colors, slogans, and logos, but even sounds and smells can be protected through trademark registration. Copyrights, however, protect creative works, like song lyrics, poetry, novels, and works of art.

When should I start the process to register my trademark?

Ideally, the process to register a trademark should be one of the first things you do when starting a business. Before you buy signage and product labeling or create a website and marketing campaign, you need to know that the trademark you are using is available and is not confusingly similar to an existing mark. If you choose to forgo trademark registration, you may be unknowingly infringing on the trademark of another business, and they would be well within their rights to ask you to stop using it. Avoid this costly mistake by beginning the trademark registration process as soon as possible.

What are International Classes?

The USPTO has 47 different groups of goods and services known as International Classes. As you draft your application, you must select the classes that best match the goods or services you plan to offer under your trademark. You may register for one class or several classes. If you are unsure about which classes best match the goods or services you plan to offer, the experienced attorneys at Gerben IP can help.

What is the USPTO?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, is a division of the Department of Commerce. Examiners at the USPTO review trademark and patent applications and grant approvals. The USPTO also maintains the records for all existing patents and trademarks.

Common misperceptions about trademarks heard around Raleigh, NC.

I registered my trademark with the State of North Carolina, so I don’t need to register with the USPTO.

A trademark registered with the state won’t hinder a federal registration, but it does limit your protections. For instance, your mark will only be protected in the Raleigh area. If you plan to expand outside the region in the future, you could face challenges if a similar mark is already in use. While the process to apply for a federal trademark is more complicated, it will provide the presumption of validity nationwide. For tips on registering an international trademark, read our post here.

My competitor has not registered its trademark, so I can register it to prohibit them from using it.

The United States is a first-to-use country, which means that your competitor likely has some trademark rights, even if they haven’t registered it. In addition, knowingly registering another business’s trademark is fraud and cause for cancellation of your trademark. If you are unsure about the availability of a particular mark, contact Gerben IP.

It’s easy to register a trademark, so I can do it myself.

The process to register a trademark is complex and detailed, from conducting a comprehensive trademark search to selecting International Classes and responding to Office Actions. Working with a trademark attorney ensures that the process runs smoothly, and, according to a study by the University of North Carolina, your chances of approval will increase as well. The study found that applications submitted with the assistance of a trademark attorney were up to 50 percent more likely to be approved by the USPTO.

I should register for as many International Classes as possible.

Trademark fees are determined by the number of classes you file, so multiple classes could greatly increase your overall trademark costs. In addition, filing for multiple classes could cause your trademark application to be rejected. For these reasons, it is best to only include the classes that represent the goods or services you offer now or plan to offer in the near future.

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

The trademark registration symbol ® indicates that your trademark has been federally registered. Using it prior to approval from the USPTO is a violation of federal law and could be grounds for rejection of your application. While your application is pending, you are able to use the ™ symbol.

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Scrub DudeScrub Dude ★★★★★ Very positive experience with Gerben IP. Love the automations they have setup and the diligence in which they handle our account.Natasha TarnovskayaNatasha Tarnovskaya ★★★★★ Exceptional services for several years now! Highly recommend!Sol 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.Abigail CarpenterAbigail Carpenter ★★★★★ We have worked with Gerben on multiple Trademark filings and are very happy with their work. They communicate clearly, do a great job of explaining the process, and always keep us up to date on the status of our filings.Jon PayneJon Payne ★★★★★ Gerben IP is fantastic at what they do - intellectual property law. I have used them for about a dozen trademarks over the past 7 or 8 years now and each time they have been comprehensive in their research, swift in their deliverables and always acted with integrity and a focus on the best interest of me and my company. I cannot recommend them highly enough!Autumn BitterlichAutumn Bitterlich ★★★★★ I am thoroughly impressed by Josh Gerben and his colleagues. They helped me through the detailed process of filing and my Trademark, which would have been an extremely stressful process for me to do alone. I could depend on them to contact me in a timely manner to keep all of the filings up to date, and CORRECT. I can't say enough positive about them. The whole team was quick to respond to my questions and made me feel secure in my choosing them.js_loader

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