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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Dothan Trademark Attorneys
Our experienced Dothan 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 Dothan 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 Are Trademark Requirements?
Trademark requirements include details such as contact information and product description information that you must provide when you apply for a trademark. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reviews trademark applications. This agency uses information you provide on a trademark application to decide whether to grant you a federally registered trademark for your invention or product.
To get a trademark, you need to meet the following six requirements:
Provide your name and address as owner of the trademark.
State the entity type (individual or corporation) and your national citizenship.
Demonstrate actual use or a real intent to use the trademark in commerce.
Give a detailed description of the product being trademarked.
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What is Trade Dress?
Trade dress covers all elements that make up the overall image of a product or service. This includes, but is not limited to, the color, shape, size, configuration, and packaging of a product. Trade dress (which is a type of intellectual property) can also apply to decor, architecture, or anything else that makes the presentation of a product or service distinctive.
Trade dress refers to anything that is designed or used to promote a product or service. This is known as the "total image" or "overall appearance" of the product or service.
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What is Trademark vs. Trade Name?
A trademark offers legal protection for a symbol, logo, slogan, phrase, word, design, or other element that associates products or services with your business. A trade name is your company's official name under which it does business. Other terms for trade name include "doing business name", "fictitious name", or "assumed name."
Registering your company's trade name is much simpler than registering for a trademark but doesn't offer the same legal protection. It only serves as the official name of your company.
When you receive approval on a trademark application, you hold several legal rights. You are the only one allowed to use, copy, profit from, and distribute the approved mark. This could include a variety of items, from a simple
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What Is a Common Law Trademark?
A common law trademark is a type of infringement protection for intellectual property wherein the property is used in commerce before it's federally registered. The U.S. common law trademark starts when you use the mark in commerce for the first time within a geographic area. It endures with continual, deliberate use and is shown by the superscript symbol "TM."
Business names, taglines, product names, logos, design elements, and sounds used to identify companies are all covered by a common law trademark. U.S. trademark law differs from international trademark laws because it's based on common law, rather than first-to-file law.
Benefits of Common Law Trademarks
Common law trademarks stop competing businesse
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Willful Infringement: What Is It?
Willful infringement is when someone copies a claimed invention and knew the entire time that the invention was patented, thus committing patent infringement. An infringement is considered willful when:
- A defendant engaged in acts that infringed the patent or copyright
- The defendant knew those acts were in violation of the patent or copyright. They still acted as if they were ignorant of the law or had reckless regard for the patent or copyright holder's rights
Simply put, anyone who copies an invention after it has been patented on purpose has committed a willful infringement. However, the infringement is not considered willful if:
- the person has copied the invention without knowing it was patented
- the person, in good faith, believes the patent is invalid or no longer appli