A trademark search is normally the starting point to filing a United States trademark.
We typically will search the federal trademark database and perform Internet searches to find any current uses of the proposed mark.
In recent years, we have found that some of our entrepreneurs are fairly savvy in performing such searches, often coming prepared with the nearest uses of the mark in the industry.
In such cases, we can work to reduce or eliminate the search costs in preparation for filing a trademark.
In other cases, particularly with a crowded name space of near marks, a full trademark search will make sense and we will advise accordingly.
Trademark Filing and Prosecution
Christopher Hall & Associates provides trademark filing and prosecution services.
Depending on the similarity in name or presentation of existing trademarks, a trademark filing and prosecution can be very simple or sometimes quite complex.
Prior to filing your trademark, we will work with you to give you a good sense of the existence of other near marks and whether your mark can be registered.
Then we will work to maximize your chances of getting the mark you want.
We offer flat-rate fees of $600 per mark, not including the United States Patent and Trademark Office fee of either $225 or $275 per mark.
As a service to the startup and small business community, we also offer a further 30% discount on all services to startups and small businesses (those with less than a $1 million in sales or venture capital).
Courtesy Filings for Routine Matters
Routine matters often come up with trademark filings (the need to translate a word, or clarify the use of a term, etc.).
We never charge for such routine matters and will make a courtesy filing for you without charge.
International Trademark Filings
Under the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol, it is possible to file international trademark filings that benefit from the earlier trademark filing date of a United States (or other member state) trademark application.
If you are contemplating making an international trademark filing in addition to your United States trademark filing, we can help facilitate that process with our network of known trademark professionals.
We'll ask you about your international plans as we prepare your United Stated trademark application and help you develop and execute an effective trademark strategy both at home and abroad.
When a trademark examiner has an objection to a trademark (usually due to likelihood of confusion with another similar mark), they will issue an office action.
In such a case, we will prepare and file a substantive reply to the office action.
Most office action objections can be overcome and we will have prepared you for which marks would have concerned us before filing your mark.
In the case where we foresee an issue in getting a trademark through the registration process, we will advise you as to what we see prior to filing your mark.
Christopher Hall & Associates provides all forms of trademark litigation representation.
Whether your matter is in federal court, before Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), or is international in scope, we can help.
If you have a need to enforce you trademark against someone who is using your mark, we can help.
From a simple cease-and-desist letter to filing a trademark infringement action we handle all aspects of trademark litigation
Or, if someone is accusing you of infringing on their trademark, we can advise you as to how to proceed.
Trademark infringement claims can often be overly broad. We'll help to separate any legitimate claims to infringement from those that are not supportable under the other party's trademark.
Please feel free to email or call to have us take a look at your matter. We'll be happy to share what we see. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
Certain trademark matters occur before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Oppositions (opposing a mark after publication in the Official Gazette ) and cancellations (seeking to cancel an existing registration).
The TTAB also handles interference and concurrent use proceedings, as well as appeals of final refusals issued by USPTO Trademark Examining Attorneys.
We are experienced at practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and can help with any matter you may have.