Silver Spring Trademark Registration
Silver Spring 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 Maryland, it can assist businesses from Maryland in registering a federal trademark because it is a federal matter.
Gerben IP is a boutique trademark law firm representing thousands of clients across the United States, including Silver Spring. Since opening its doors in 2008, founder Josh Gerben and his team of experienced trademark attorneys have worked with individuals and businesses of all sizes to register and protect their trademarks for a reasonable, flat rate. Whether you plan to open a tanning salon in the Woodmoor Shopping Center or expand your storage facility near Blair, Gerben IP is ready to assist you.
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Silver Spring is bustling suburb with an identity all its own, and neighborhoods full of scenic parks, historic homes, and successful small businesses. If you plan to start your own business in Silver Spring, don’t overlook the importance of protecting your brand through trademark registration. Watch our video.
Consider this scenario: Like many others across the country, Luke has been working remotely from his Silver Spring home. While he’s glad that he doesn’t need to commute into the city anymore, he misses the community feeling of working in an office environment. He decides to open a coworking space in South Four Corners, selects the name Corner Coworking, and gets to work outfitting the space with an industrial style. Luke has heard of trademark registration, and he plans to start the process once his doors are open and sales are made.
Corner Coworking has a successful opening and several regular members come to share the space every day. Unfortunately, though, Luke learns some devastating news a few months later, when he receives a cease-and-desist letter in the mail. An entrepreneur in Gaithersburg also opened a coworking space with a confusingly similar name. Because the Gaithersburg business name was registered with the USPTO, Luke will need to shut down and rebrand Corner Coworking.
Putting off trademark registration could cost you time and money in the long run. Contact Gerben IP today to learn more about our reasonable, flat-rate registration services. Ready to file? If so, order our registration services here.
Because the U.S. is a common law country, you will have some limited trademark protections as soon as you use the mark in commerce. In many cases, however, these common law rights may not be enough to protect your brand. Your mark will only be protected in the small geographic region where your business is based, which will make it more challenging to expand your business outside Silver Spring in the future, especially in areas where a confusingly similar mark is already in use. You’ll also face more challenges when asserting your trademark rights in future legal proceedings. Rather than relying on these limited common law protections, register your trademarks with the USPTO for the presumption of validity nationwide.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you are not required to work with a trademark attorney when registering your trademark. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, highly encourages the engagement of an experienced trademark attorney. The process to register a trademark is detailed, and knowledge of IP law is needed. Your attorney will conduct a comprehensive trademark search, draft your application, and even respond to non-substantive Office Actions on your behalf, all while you continue to focus on growing your business. Contact Gerben IP to learn about our reasonable, flat-rate registration services.
When you submit your trademark application to the USPTO, you’ll need to file for certain classes of goods or services. There are 45 classes to choose from, 34 for goods and 11 for services. Select all of the trademark classes representing the goods or services you offer now or plan to offer in the near future. Your trademark will only be protected in association with the trademark classes you’ve included in your trademark application. Learn more about the most common trademark classes.
There are many reasons for a trademark application to be canceled. The most common reason for the USPTO to reject a trademark application is that a confusingly similar trademark is already in use. A mark may also be rejected if it includes generic or descriptive words, like “Good Pizza” or “Hot Coffee,” or if it includes the name of a celebrity without their authorization. Your attorney can assist you in making changes to your trademark application before it’s submitted to increase your likelihood of approval.
Throughout the course of the trademark registration process, you may be issued an Office Action. These are notifications from the USPTO, often requesting additional information or letting you know that your trademark application has been rejected. Each Office Action includes a date by which you must respond, often within 6 months of the date it was issued. Failing to respond to the Office Action within that timeframe could result in the rejection of your application. If you’ve received an Office Action from the USPTO, the attorneys at Gerben IP can assist you in responding.
These three forms of intellectual property each protect something different. Trademarks, for example, protect business and product names, logos, slogans, and anything else that represents a brand in the marketplace. Patents, on the other hand, protect the design and functionality of inventions, while copyrights protect creative works, like art, song lyrics, and poetry.
If your competitor has used the mark in public, they likely have some common law rights to it. If you are unsure about the availability of a particular mark, Gerben IP can assist you.
Your U.S. trademark will only protect your business in disputes that occur within the United States. For many businesses, especially those that manufacture, distribute, or sell goods in China, seeking Chinese trademark protections is critical to protecting your brand. You can apply directly with the country’s trademark office, or you can use the Madrid Protocol, which allows you to file a single application that can be applied to more than 90 member countries, including China. Once your registration has been approved, you can also register with China’s Customs, who will block the export of counterfeit goods bearing your trademark.
The USPTO will not alert you to potential infringement. Once your trademark has been approved, it will be your responsibility to monitor and protect it. Fortunately, many trademark attorneys, including the team at Gerben IP, offer monitoring services and will help you take legal action when infringement is found.
Your trademark will only be protected as it appears in your trademark application. It’s common to update your trademark from time to time, but you must register the new mark with the USPTO to maintain your protections.
“ 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