Spokane Trademark Registration

Trademark Attorney Services for Your Spokane 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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Trademark Registration Services

$1500 Trademark
Registration Package:

(plus government fees)

Package Includes:

  • Federal Trademark Search using CORSEARCH software
  • State Trademark Search using CORSEARCH software
  • Common Law Trademark Search
  • Attorney Consultation Time
  • Drafting and Filing of Trademark Application
  • Responding to Non-Substantive Office Actions
  • Sending Registration Certificate

Providing Trademark Services for Spokane-based Businesses

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

In 2008, trademark attorney Josh Gerben founded Gerben IP with the mission to provide professional trademark services at a reasonable, flat rate. Since then, the attorneys at Gerben IP have assisted thousands of clients from across the United States, including the Spokane area. We work with individuals and businesses of all sizes to register and protect their valuable trademarks. Whether you plan to open a craft brewery in Riverside or a storage facility in Fairwood, Gerben IP is ready to assist you.

How many trademarks are filed each year by businesses in Spokane, Washington?

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

Year# of Trademarks Filed
Year# of Trademarks Filed

Why is trademark registration important for Lilac City business owners?

There’s never been a better time to own a business in Spokane! If you plan to open your own business in this thriving city, you’ve probably invested time and money into developing your brand. Be sure to protect your brand and your intellectual property through trademark registration.

Consider this scenario: Kelly loves to bake, and family and friends love her cookies so much, they encourage her to open her own bakery. An alumnus of Gonzaga University, Kelly selects a shop near campus and gets to work branding her new venture, Chip’s Bakehouse, named after her special chocolate chip cookies. Kelly is so focused on creating a menu and designing her space that she decides to hold off on trademark registration.

Chip’s Bakehouse is a huge hit with college students and families alike, and Kelly is even considering opening another bakery when she learns some frustrating news. A baker in Seattle has been operating under the name Chip’s Bakery for years. Because the Seattle baker has registered his mark, he’s within his rights to ask Kelly to rebrand her business. Now, instead of expanding her successful bakery, she must shut down while she chooses a new name and updates signage, labels, and even her website.

The process to register a trademark can be time-consuming, but you don’t have to manage the process on your own. When you work with Gerben IP, you can continue to focus on your business while we handle the important details of trademark registration. Contact us today to learn more about our reasonable, flat-rate trademark registration.

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

What are my trademarks?

As a business or product owner, you may have many trademarks. A trademark is anything that represents your brand in the marketplace. Your business name, product names, logo, and slogan can all become registered trademarks. Even your brand’s unique sound, smell, or color can be protected through trademark registration. If you are unsure what your business’s trademarks are, Gerben IP can help.

Should I hire a trademark attorney?

The USPTO doesn’t require U.S. citizens to work with an attorney, but doing so comes with many benefits. The process to register a trademark is detailed and knowledge of intellectual property law is needed. An experienced trademark attorney can conduct a comprehensive trademark search, draft your application, and even respond to non-substantive Office Actions on your behalf. This way, you can remain focused on growing your business while knowing your IP protection is in competent hands.

How long does it take to register a trademark?

From submitting your application to being approved, the process to register a trademark usually takes around 8-10 months. However, it can take longer, particularly when the examiner must make frequent requests for clarification or additional information. Working with a trademark attorney can often streamline the process and cut down on unnecessary delays.

Another business is using my preferred name. Can I still use it?

It depends. The USPTO will reject your application if it is confusingly similar to an existing mark, but if there’s little likelihood of confusion, you may still be able to use it. For instance, Dove is the business name of both a chocolate maker and a soap company. Because consumers aren’t likely to confuse chocolate and soap, both were able to register their business name with the USPTO. If you are unsure about the availability of a particular mark, Gerben IP can assist you.

When can I begin to use the ®symbol?

The ® symbol indicates that a trademark has been registered with the USPTO. You can only use this symbol once your trademark application has been approved. In fact, using ® prior to being approved could be grounds for rejection of your application. While your trademark application is pending, you are free to use the ™ symbol instead.

Common misperceptions about trademarks heard around Spokane, WA.

I have common law rights to my mark as soon as I use it, so I don’t need to register with the USPTO.

The United States is a common law country, so you will have some protections as soon as you begin to use the mark in public. These protections are limited, however, and often not enough to protect your business from infringement. For example, you’ll only be protected in the small geographic region where your business is based. If you plan to expand outside Spokane in the future, you may find that you can’t enter certain markets if a confusingly similar mark is already in use. You’ll also face more challenges asserting your trademark rights in legal proceedings. In order to have the presumption of validity nationwide, you need to register your trademark with the USPTO.

I did a Google search and no one else is using my name, so I’m free to use it.

This may not be true. Trademark searches conducted through Google or other free search sites tend to return only exact matches to a particular mark. Most trademark disputes, however, involve trademarks that aren’t exact matches, but rather confusingly similar. Work with an experienced trademark attorney to conduct a comprehensive search of the trademark database, revealing not just exact matches, but similar matches as well. Then you can move forward with the application process confidently.

I registered my business name, so my brand is protected.

Obtaining trademark registration for your business name is an important first step in protecting your business, but don’t stop there. To protect your brand, consider registration for all of your valuable trademarks, including product names, colors, slogans, logos, and even sounds. Failing to register all of your marks could leave your brand vulnerable to infringement later on.

I’m an inventor, so I should patent my product, not trademark it.

You may actually need both! While you should certainly seek patent registration for a new and novel invention, your product’s name should be protected through trademark registration. The attorneys at Gerben IP can assist you in protecting your intellectual property. Learn more about our patent services.

International trademark registration is only for big businesses.

We live in a global economy, so it’s possible that even small businesses could have reach outside the United States at some point in the future, through sales, manufacturing, or distribution. In order to be protected in disputes that occur in another country, your trademark will need to be registered in that country as well. Fortunately, the process to register internationally is made easier through the Madrid Protocol. This international treaty allows you to complete a single application that can then be applied to over 100 member countries. Each country then makes its own determination about approval. However, if you plan to only register in a small number of countries, you can also file directly with each country’s trademark office.

Years of Experience
Trademark Searches
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Helping Our Customers Succeed

“ 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 HalperLaw 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

Do you need assistance with a trademark matter? Reach out to an attorney now.

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