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Cohn Legal is a Trademark legal firm. Some of the biggest technology companies in the world depended on Cohn & Associates for legal services. Today, Cohn Legal is focused on providing clients in Aurora, Colorado, across the United States, and around the world with legal counsel and guidance on trademark and intellectual property rights and protections.
Top 8 Questions Aurora Businesses Have About Obtaining a Trademark
Is my U.S. trademark registration valid outside of the United States?
No, your U.S. trademark is only valid within the United States. If you want to bring your products or services to markets outside the United States, then you’ll need to seek trademark protection in those locations. If looking for trademark protection outside of the United States, then it’s best to consult with a trademark attorney.
When will my trademark expire?
Your trademark won’t ever expire. It’ll last forever as long as you continue to sell your products or services under the trademark and you keep up with renewals. You’ll have to renew your trademark about 5 years after you first registered it, 5 years after that, and about every 10 years thereafter.
What is TEAS?
The USPTO allows you to submit a trademark application and required fees online through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). TEAS is relatively easy to use, but be aware that you have a 60-minutes to complete your application, which should be more than enough time. You will receive a warning at the 54-minute mark that you have a few minutes left.
What is the fee to submit a trademark application through TEAS?
The USPTO offers three different types of applications to choose from when registering your trademarks. Each has its own fee:
- The TEAS Plus Filing option is $225 per class of goods or services
- The TEAS Reduced Fee option is $275 per class of goods or services
- The TEAS Regular Filing option is $400 per class of goods or services
What is an examining attorney?
An examining attorney (a.k.a., examiner) is the person at the USPTO who receives and reviews trademark applications. After receiving the application, the examining attorney will search the USPTO database to identify any trademarks that may be too similar to the trademark you’re attempting to register and would cause confusion in the market. If a similar trademark is found, then your application may be rejected.
If your mark is considered to be unique and your application gets approved, the examining attorney will have it printed in the USPTO’s Official Gazette for a 30-day period. During that time any third party can oppose the application if they can prove that your trademark infringes upon theirs.
Do I need to have a registered trademark before I start selling my goods or services?
There’s no regulation or legal requirement to register your trademark before you start using it. However, it’s a good idea to register your trademark. Registering your trademark protects it against competitors or others who may want to use it or something similar to defraud the public. Any serious business owner will tell you that it’s critical to protect your trademark by registering it. Contact a trademark attorney and start the trademark registration process today.
What is a “specimen” and when do I need one?
A specimen is basically a sample of how you are or intend to actually use your trademark in commercial activity. A specimen is included as part of your trademark application and could be a product label, packaging, flyers, sell-sheets, or website screenshots, etc.
Why Trademark Registration Matters for Aurora Businesses
Sometimes referred to as “Northern Lights” Aurora has a long history of being a center of manufacturing and commerce. Generations of Aurora residents recognized the opportunities the city afforded them to work hard and build a life for themselves. That entrepreneurial spirit lives on today in the many business owners that call Aurora home.
Indeed, many new Aurora business owners are smart, resourceful, and ready to take on any challenge. However, they need to remember to reach out to a trademark attorney who can help them register their marks with the USPTO.
Imagine the following: Jerry is a master glass blower known among his friends and family for making wonderful and gorgeous creations out of glass. They encourage him to open up his own glass blowing studio.
Jerry decides to take the plunge. He calls his new business Aurora Glassworks and leases a small commercial space in downtown Aurora. He converts the space into a workroom and a storefront. For his next tasks, he creates a website, orders signage, and hires an assistant. Jerry’s friend recommends that he register the name of his studio, but Jerry doesn’t want to invest the time and money right now. He’s too eager to open his shop.
Aurora Glassworks finally has its grand opening. The weeks following the opening are quite successful. Residents and tourists come to admire Jerry’s work and make plenty of purchases. Unfortunately, Jerry is about to get some bad news.
There’s an auto glass manufacturer across town who owns the trademark to the name Aurora Glassworks. They send a cease-and-desist letter to Jerry. They are well within their rights to ask him to close his shop and stop using the name.
Jerry is upset by this turn of events. Now he must spend time and money rebranding his business. If he had approached a trademark attorney right from the beginning, he could have avoided this scenario.
If you have questions about trademark registration, then contact the attorneys at Cohn Legal for a no-cost trademark consultation.
** Cohn Legal, PLLC is not located in Aurora and yet it can assist businesses from Colorado in registering a federal Trademark because trademarks are governed under federal law.
Trademarks Services for Aurora Businesses
Submit Your Trademark
Now in 4 Easy Steps
Complete the Trademark Registration Form.
Our IP Attorneys will run a search of your trademark in the USPTO.
We draft your TM Application and send it to you for your Review.
We File the Application with the USPTO.