Every business has the right and responsibility to protect its intellectual property (IP) and branding rights. This has been the driving mission of The Trademark Place, which offers accessible and affordable pathways for businesses and individuals to safeguard their IP.
Founded by attorney Alec Allen Ross, The Trademark Place is staffed by a team of reliable trademark law experts who excel at providing innovative solutions and guiding clients through the trademark process. Read on to learn how The Trademark Place takes every step to protect your trademark from infringement.
Why Trademark Protection Is Essential for Businesses
First, it’s crucial to understand why protecting your brand identity is so important. Significant financial and reputational risks are associated with trademark infringement, making it critical for businesses to take the necessary steps to protect their IP.
From a fundamental legal perspective, a trademark ensures that a business has protection over its brand name or logo, which helps consumers differentiate between products or services. If a company doesn’t protect its trademark, third parties may make use of this IP. Decreased sales, loss of market share, less profitability, and the cost of enforcing trademark rights can all be major financial hampers on a business.
A trademark also helps a business stand out from its competitors. If third parties are using your IP, it can confuse customers and damage your overall brand reputation in the marketplace. This can cause irreparable damage to your brand value and make it difficult to expand or thrive even once you’ve gained control of your IP.
How to Protect Your Trademark
With these risks in mind, how do you protect your trademark to avoid financial or reputational damage? The Trademark Place has an established system in place that makes it easy to secure your trademark so you can focus on growing your brand.
First, The Trademark Place conducts a clearance search. Clients share their trademark name, logo, slogan, and the goods or services they will be using the trademark for. A clearance search on the trademark determines whether it will infringe on the rights of a previous user and if it is eligible to register with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
If the clearance search is successful — meaning a client can register their trademark — then The Trademark Place’s team of attorneys moves forward in registering the trademark. They’ll prepare and file trademark applications with the USPTO and monitor the application before finally filing a Statement of Use to show the client’s trademark in active use for commerce.
If a client holds numerous trademarks, The Trademark Place also offers assistance in portfolio management. Clients can receive help juggling multiple deadlines and even gain access to educational resources on trademarks.
Monitoring Your Trademark
Trademark protection doesn’t end with registration. A vital component of The Trademark Place’s offerings includes trademark monitoring and renewals, as well as dealing with third-party infringements.
For instance, the experienced attorneys at The Trademark Place often assist with the complex process of filing letters of protest and opposition against third parties attempting to use intellectual property without permission. They also draft cease-and-desist letters to demand an end to third parties’ infringement activities.
Continued monitoring of a trademark is crucial in upholding the reputation of any business. Reach out to The Trademark Place today to secure your intellectual property and protect your brand identity.