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Top 8 Questions San Antonio Businesses Have About Obtaining a Trademark
Will registering my trademark protect my business?
Making sure that you register your trademark is actually one of the most important ways to protect your business and your brand. Once you register your trademark, your business gains what is called “the presumption of nationwide validity.” That means your trademark is protected from infringement in all 50 states and you can take legal action if someone uses it without your permission.
Should I conduct a trademark search before filing my application?
It’s always a smart idea to conduct a trademark search before filing your application with the USPTO. good practice. You can access the USPTO’s database of registered trademarks and pending trademarks to search for a trademark that may be similar to the one you registered.
If your search reveals that no trademarks are similar to yours, then you can proceed with a degree of confidence. However, if you do find a mark similar to yours that already exists, try not to be too disappointed. It’s better that you have this information earlier in the process, before you’ve invested time and money into developing marketing materials, packaging, signage, websites, and anything else that would bear your logo.
Do I really need a trademark attorney to help me register my trademark?
There’s no requirement that you work with an attorney to register a trademark, but doing so has many benefits. First, your trademark attorney will conduct a comprehensive trademark search to ensure that the mark you want is available. Then, your attorney can submit a complete and accurate trademark application. If any questions come in from the USPTO, then your attorney will answer inquiries from the USPTO after the application has been submitted. Best of all, if your attorney is handling these tasks, then that means you don’t have to. You’ll have more time to focus on growing your business.
How long does a trademark last?
If you keep up with the renewal deadlines set by the USPTO, then your trademark will never expire. Your first renewal will come up around 5 years from the date you first registered the mark and the second will come 5 years after that. Then, all subsequent renewals will be required every 10 years. You can hire a trademark attorney to help you keep track of these dates and file the paperwork for you.
Can I apply for a trademark anonymously?
No, you can’t file your mark anonymously. All filings with the USPTO are public and the name of the trademark owner must be disclosed.
Does my business need multiple trademarks?
You will most likely have to submit more than one trademark application for your business. For example, you may want to obtain one trademark for your business name, one for your logo, and one for the name of your product or service. The trademark attorneys at Cohn Legal can help you determine how many trademarks you should apply for.
Will my trademark protect my brand in other countries?
No, the trademark that you register with the USPTO will only protect your intellectual property within the United States. If you do business outside the Unites States, either through online sales, manufacturing, or distribution, you should consider registering your trademarks in those countries as well.
What is TEAS?
TEAS stands for the Trademark Electronic Application System. This online portal enables you to submit your trademark application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and pay your application fees.
The USPTO offers three different types of applications to choose from when registering your trademarks. Each has its own fee:
1. The TEAS Plus Filing option is $225 per class of goods or services.
2. The TEAS Reduced Fee option is $275 per class of goods or services.
3. The TEAS Regular Filing option is $400 per class of goods or services.
Additional Information on Trademark Registration for San Antonio Businesses
San Antonio has a long history of entrepreneurship that inspires many to open their own businesses. Those new business owners also know there’s a lot of work to be done before they can open their doors. They must find the perfect location, develop a marketing plan, hire and train employees, and so much more. It can seem like the to-do list is never ending. But no matter how busy you are, one item that shouldn’t be overlooked is registering your trademark.
Consider this scenario: Jordan and Marcus have enjoyed visiting the many wineries north of town for several years. They decide to go into business together and open their own wine bar, featuring the best wine Texas has to offer. They find the perfect location near the River Walk and get to work designing the space, stocking inventory, creating a website, and creating menus. They also pick the perfect name, The Spurs and Saddle Wine Bar, and invest in a sign to hang above the bar.
Jordan and Marcus have a successful grand opening and their business continues to do well. Unfortunately, just 2 months after opening, they learn some devastating news. A wine bar in Dallas has been operating under the same name as theirs for about 18 months. The Dallas bar registered their trademark 2 years ago so they are well within their rights to send a cease-and-desist letter to Jordan and Marcus asking them to stop using the name effective immediately. Now the business partners must shut down and rebrand their business before opening again, which is not only time consuming, but costly as well.
Before you invest in your business, be sure to first make sure that you’ve registered your trademark with the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s the best way to protect your business and your brand against infringement.
The experienced trademark attorneys at Cohn Legal can assist you in conducting a comprehensive trademark search and securing federal trademark rights so that you can invest in your business with confidence. Contact us today to learn more about our reasonable, flat rate trademark registration services for startups.
Trademarks Services for San Antonio 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.