Our attorneys work closely with clients during all stages of the trademark registration process, from trademark selection through registration and renewal. We apply a creative problem-solving approach to develop and maintain valuable trademark portfolios. Our trademark attorneys have knowledge in every aspect of trademark protection and provide strategic advice, regardless of the stage in commercialization. We are able to capitalize on our extensive network of foreign law firms specializing in trademarks to ensure our clients have the best representation both in the US and abroad.
We engage our clients in an iterative dialogue to help our clients choose trademarks. The goal is always to pursue strong trademarks that both identify and attempt to avoid potential infringement or registration issues. Investing the time if proper selection from the beginning is fundamental to our approach of best serving our client’s interests as it can prevent the lost time and expense of pursuing a problematic mark.
Prosecution in the US and abroad
We regularly prepare and file trademark applications at the state and federal levels for our clients within the US. We also work with an extensive network of international associates to do the same in countries throughout the world. As our trademark attorneys have extensive experience with the Madrid Protocol, an international system for obtaining trademark protection for a number of countries, the attorneys are able to advise clients on the most suitable and cost-effective approach to obtaining the desired international protection.
Oppositions and Cancellations
Filing for a trademark is just an initial step in the process. Often, trademarks are faced with challenges in the form of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Our attorneys regularly represent clients in proceedings before the TTAB and assist clients in negotiation settlements with adverse parties. Whether you are defending your own trademark or challenging the trademark of another party, we have experience in all aspects and phases of these adversarial proceedings.
Our trademark attorneys can help identify protectable elements of product configuration or packaging, working with our clients to develop a cost-efficient strategy for use, registration, and enforcement that makes business sense.