Protect Your Assets With Trademark Services for Small Businesses
In the knowledge economy, ideas are currency. So when you build business assets like your name, slogan, or a tried-and-true original sales methodology, you need to protect them as you would protect any valuable equipment, goods, and other capital resources.
With over 15 years of multifaceted experience, the Law Office of Stacey-Ann Taylor helps you assess, file, enforce and defend your business trademarks and other intellectual property. It’s not just about filling out paperwork; I provide additional services including but not limited to:
- Advising on the strength of a mark and why some trademarks are more desirable than others from legal and strategic perspectives.
- Conducting trademark clearance searches.
- Registering trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
What are the Benefits of Hiring a Trademark Attorney?
Hiring a trademark lawyer for your small business gives you distinct advantages. While your great ideas are bound to revolutionize the world, registering a trademark allows you to take your time and develop your business plan further. Don’t go at it alone – you want to have an experienced attorney working on your behalf to protect your interests.
Protect yourself against someone else’s claim of trademark infringement. Many trademark lawyers help you protect your assets — but, in today’s digital era of “creative use” and “fair use” terms, the lines are often blurred. As your back pocket legal business advisor, I’ll help you avoid getting a Cease and Desist Letter for trademark infringement. If you ever find yourself up against the possibility of litigation, don’t panic. Reach out, and I’ll guide you through the entire process.
Maximize the value of your intangible assets. Once you’ve established a baseline evaluation of your intangible assets, I’ll help you answer such questions as: “Can my trademark help me stand out from competitors?” or “Is a trademark sufficient, or do I need alternate or additional registrations?“
These probing questions can help us get a fresh perspective on the value of your business IP assets.
Watch for blatant theft of your property and have the paperwork to back up any claims. Effective IP protection strategy is all about anticipating where you may be vulnerable, filing timely registrations, and getting the process started before anyone else commercially uses your idea — or an idea so similar that it sparks a conflict.
There may not be any “new” ideas under the sun but, for business owners, even incremental shifts in business processes, innovative operations changes, or new sales methods can be the keys to consistent and passive profits. Allow me to help you protect these profits by ensuring that you file the proper paperwork at the right time. This way, we’ll have the appropriate paperwork on hand to protect your business against any competing claims.
How do we Protect Your Brand?
We begin with registration.
Registering a trademark does not, in and of itself prevent others from using the same or a similar trademark or service mark. To stop others from using your trademark, you must have an enforceable registration against third parties. Federal registration is the most valuable form of trademark registration.
And follow up with protection.
Business owners are already familiar with the need to formulate contracts that work in their favor while preserving the relationship of trust and mutual benefit between them and vendors, suppliers, or employees. However, as a lawyer specializing in IP, I can help you draft agreements from the perspective of preserving your intellectual property. My services include the accurate and strategic drafting of documents, such as:
- Transfer of ownership
- Licensing deals and agreements
- Distribution agreements for products bearing your trademark
- Clauses designed for preventive measures, especially when you’re working with a new invention or tangible product
As we remain prepared to respond.
What if we find someone using your trademarks? The Law Office of Stacey-Ann Taylor will inform that individual or business through a Cease and Desist Letter that you have registered your trademarks and intend to enforce them by taking legal action. Often, sending a Cease and Desist Letter will be enough to stop further unauthorized use of your trademark by the other party.
Trademark applications help legitimize your brand and protect your IP assets such as your name, logos, and slogans that you plan to use in commerce-related transactions. The truth is that without a trademark registration, another business can use your intellectual property without any compensation or consequences.
License agreements are a novel way to expand and scale your business’s image, operations, and revenue. If you’re planning to build partnerships on a regional and even national level, licensing agreements are integral to making sure you are fairly compensated.
Infringement disputes are a tricky area where documentation and detailed paperwork are of the utmost importance. However, intangible assets like images, words, and other brand collateral are still protected by law. Intellectual property counseling can help you prepare to take action and recover losses you may incur.
Fair Use Issues
Many individuals claim Fair Use when reproducing your intellectual property and use it for “educational” purposes. However, Fair Use is not the gray area it seems to be when others try to indirectly profit from your property without your consent. Attorneys know when Fair Use applies and when it can’t be rightly claimed. That’s why you need a legal advocate readily available to consult whenever these “gray areas” arise.
Contact the Law Office of Stacey-Ann Taylor Today
Trademark rights are what protect the value of your brand, and they’re an essential part of your overall business strategy. With trademark rights, you can prevent others from using your name or logo without paying YOU for it. Trademark rights mean you control who gets to use your brand’s identifier in the marketplace. Secure your rights, maintain your unique identity, and protect your brand and business assets. Contact the Law Office of Stacey-Ann Taylor today.