Why Do I Need a US-Licensed Trademark Attorney?

Why Do I Need a US-Licensed Trademark Attorney?

Are you attempting to trademark something? If so, you will likely need to retain the help of an experienced intellectual property attorney. Read on to learn more about how a US-Licensed Trademark Attorney can help you.

What is a Trademark?

Essentially, a trademark is a name, word, sound, symbol, or device used to distinguish the product of one seller from the goods of another.  A trademark functions to ensure that a consumer is not confused from one good to another. For example, when you see a symbol and immediately recognize it as belonging to a certain brand, this is a result of trademarks. Trademarks ensure that no one else can use your symbol without permission.

Trademark Process

Trademark protection is crucial to businesses that depend upon an identifying aspect to distinguish their goods from another’s. Trademark protection takes some effort to achieve. Most people go through the same process once they have prepared a trademark application. To satisfy the legal standards of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it is best to have quality legal support.

Am I Required to Hire a U.S.-Licensed Attorney to Represent me at the USPTO?

USPTO stands for the United States Patent and Trademark Offices. When it comes to the USPTO, the need for an attorney depends on a number of different factors. According to uspto.gov, if you are a foreign-domiciled trademark applicant, registrant, or party to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, you will need to be represented by a U.S.-licensed attorney. On the other hand, if you are a  trademark applicant, registrant, or party domiciled in the United States or its territories, you do not need to be represented by an attorney. But, it is highly recommended that you retain the help of a skilled and knowledgeable U.S.-licensed trademark attorney.

How Can a Trademark Attorney Help Me?

Even if you do not legally need an attorney, it can be helpful to hire one anyway. A trademark attorney can help you in a number of ways.

  • Attorneys can provide crucial legal advice
  • Attorneys can conduct trademark clearance searches
  • Attorneys can help you enforce and maintain your trademark rights
  • Attorneys can represent you at the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

If you are interested in obtaining a trademark, contact our firm today to begin the process.

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of Richard E. Novak, LLC has over 25 years of experience helping clients through tough times when they need it most. If you need assistance with any intellectual property, traffic violations, or business law matters, our firm is here to help. It is critical that you pick the right attorney who can protect your rights. Contact The Law Offices of Richard E. Novak, LLC for a consultation.