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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Wilmington Trademark Attorneys
Our experienced Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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 vs. Registered?
The trademark symbol (TM) is a mark that companies often use on a logo, name, phrase, word, or design that represents the business. The registered symbol (R) represents a mark that is a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Some people think you can use the two interchangeably, but this is not the case. The TM symbol actually has no legal meaning. You can use the symbol on any mark that your company uses without registering it.
The most common use of the TM symbol is on a new phrase, logo, word, or design that a company plans to register through the USPTO. The symbol can indicate you
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Trademark Checklist: How to Register and Maintain Trademarks
- Make a trademark.
- Find out whether you are eligible for a trademark.
- Do a trademark search in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) database.
- Read about your legal options.
- Fill out and submit a trademark application.
- Respond to USPTO Office Actions.
- Use your trademark.
- Enforce your exclusive trademark rights.
- Keep your trademark active.
Trademark Checklist Step 1: Develop a Trademark
First, develop a unique, distinctive trademark. It can be a:
- Business name
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What Is an Unregisted Trademark?
An unregistered trademark is a logo, graphic, image, or word that has not been approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, companies can use the trademark (TM) logo to show their company has use of a particular of a visual idea. Other businesses can use this logo without legal matters in some cases.
According to the Trademark Act, unregistered trademarks are also defined as marks for businesses and goods that haven't been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Why Are Unregistered Trademarks Important?
The biggest reason why unregistered trademarks are important is that they provide no protection in legal matters outside of local or state government. If you are using an unregistered trademark that represents your business in a small geographic location, you may be able to stop
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How Much Does a Trademark Lawyer Cost?A trademark lawyer costs around $1,000-$2,000 for the general trademark process, but disputes could cost the client an additional $300-$400/hour.
Some of the trademark lawyer costs you may see include:
- Filing fees for the trademark application
- Government costs charged by the USPTO
- Flat-fee trademark lawyer costs
- Trademark attorney fees
- Maintenance costs
Types of Costs
Registering a federal trademark in the United States includes several costs. First, a business owner pays fees to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the "USPTO"). These fees are sometimes called "costs" or "official fees."
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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