Silver Spring Trademark Registration

Trademark Attorney Services for Your Silver Spring 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 Silver Spring-based Businesses

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.

How many trademarks are filed each year by businesses in Silver Spring, Maryland?

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

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Why is trademark registration important for Silver Spring-area business owners?

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.

The top 5 questions Silver Spring businesses have about obtaining a trademark.

Do I need to register my trademark?

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.

Am I required to work with a trademark attorney?

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.

What are trademark classes?

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.

What are some reasons for a trademark application to be rejected by the USPTO?

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.

What are Office Actions?

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.

Common misperceptions about trademarks heard around Silver Spring, MD.

Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are all essentially the same thing.

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.

My competitor didn’t register their name, so I can register it for myself.

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.

My federally registered trademark will protect me in trademark disputes in China.

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.

Someone from the USPTO will let me know if another business is using my 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.

My registered logo is protected, even if I make small changed to it over time.

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.

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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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