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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Bellevue Trademark Attorneys
Our experienced Bellevue trademark attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses with everything they need to secure and protect their trademarks. Our attorneys can help individuals with everything from trademark clearance searches to determine whether the desired mark is available for adoption, use, and registration. By reviewing the search reports thoroughly, they can conclusively determine the extent to which a mark is already being used and the potential success of filing a trademark.
Trademark licensing can be complex, but our trademark attorneys have experience drafting agreements on behalf of both licensees and trademark owners - thus allowing you to capitalize on your valuable intellectual property. Our Bellevue trademark attorneys can also draft and file your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Intent to Use and Use in Commerce applications.
Our attorneys can also help protect your trademark around the globe by assisting clients with filing trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol, which allows trademark holders to obtain protection in multiple countries by filing a single application.
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What Is Trademark Maintenance?
Trademark maintenance involves actions that people or businesses take to keep trademarks they own valid. Trademark maintenance consists of five elements: renewal, cautionary notice, tax, affidavit of use, and proof of renewal of basic registration.
- Renewal: achieved with official filings every 10 years
- Cautionary Notice: used in some countries to show ownership of a trademark
- Tax: trademark owners must pay income tax every year
- Affidavit of Use: also called a Statement of Use and is typically filed with renewal
- Proof of Renewal of Basic Registration: document received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after renewal
Renewal consists of filing an application containing all trademark a
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What is a Trademarked Brand?
A trademark protects certain kinds of intellectual property. It can apply to any unique symbol, name, device, or word that identifies a company or product. Trademark protection allows the company to protect its intellectual property from unauthorized use. Companies usually trademark their logo and name.
The first person or company to use a unique mark gets the trademark. This protection is limited to a small geographic area. For wider protection, the trademark has to be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO.)
Trademarks also help companies build brand loyalty. By distinguishing one company from another, customers can choose who to b
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Patent Search: What Is It?
A patent search cost can be anywhere from $100 to $3,000 depending on the complexity of your invention and covers research into existing patents and patent applications. You can use free online tools to do your own search, but an attorney can help you dig deeper. In addition to professional fees, expect to pay a government search fee after you submit your patent application.
There are a few types of patent searches:
- A novelty search compares your invention to prior art to determine if your invention qualifies for a patent, since you cannot patent something that has already been patented. Prior art includes previously patented inventions, as well as unpatented inventions, that existed before your inventions.
- A state-of-the-art search gives you an overview of advancements in a certain in
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Trademark Abandonment: What Is It?
Trademark abandonment happens when the validity of a trademark is questioned. This happens when:
- The registered trademark was not used
- The registered trademark was not used correctly. This can include:
- Trademark dilution
- Excessive trademark licensing
- Failure to enforce exclusive rights to a trademark
- The trademark registration has expired
- The trademark has been expressly abandoned
Why Are Trademarks Important?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) re
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What is Keyword Advertising Trademark Infringement?
Keyword advertising trademark infringement occurs when online search engine companies sell trademarked words and phrases to competitors of the trademark owner. Keyword advertising trademark infringement is a relatively new concept since search engines have become more widely used in the last decade.
Trademark owners are unhappy with this practice because they believe it leads to confusion among consumers. When consumers search for keywords that fall under the trademark, they see those exact words on websites that don't relate to the actual product or brand. This also increases the time it takes to find the right product or service from the company that holds the trademark.
Infringement only occurs when the searc