With the world more in tune with innovative products and services, there’s no better time than now to file your trademark, and ensure it’s protected and safe from copyright infringement. You can file the process yourself, but it may be in your best interest to hire a trademark lawyer to help you and trust that you will get the legal compensation you deserve in case of any unlawful use. Behren Law Firm knows this better than anyone; with over twenty five years of experience, we’ve helped the community in Weston, Florida, receive the justice they deserve.
What A Trademark Protects
There are multiple intellectual property types that need to be filed, depending on what your idea specifically is and how it helps. A trademark protects a word, phrase, symbol, design, or a combination of these. This word or design identifies and distinguishes your product or service from another competitor’s, and you want to ensure the design stays lawfully yours while you undergo building a business or service. A copyright and a patent vary in what they protect, thus it’s important to ensure you know which intellectual property protection you need. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work, while a patent protects an invention.
Why You Need A Trademark Lawyer
One of the most obvious reasons why you need a trademark lawyer is when your work is used improperly, and you already have a trademark on your design. Of course you don’t want to be left dealing with the courts by yourself in dealing with someone else illegally using your symbol, therefore having a lawyer by your side will help you navigate the roads ahead while fighting for your rights. But what about before all this, when you’re just starting the application process for a trademark? Although the entire process can be done by yourself, it’s always a good idea to have legal aid by your side as well.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can assist you through the paperwork, they cannot offer legal advice or answer any questions that don’t pertain to the specific trademark paperwork. A lawyer can handle the trademark application process in its entirety, and can better articulate the goods or services associated with your trademark. An experienced lawyer can also help through the process if there are any refusals on the trademark, and offer their assistance in researching your trademark idea to ensure there are no other trademarks or similarly used designs out there, helping you avoid any risks or stepping on anyone else’s toes.
After The Trademark
Of course, once your trademark is approved, the work doesn’t stop there. If you are developing an idea into a business or already have a business off the ground, the last thing you will have time to do is ensuring your ideas aren’t being used improperly. Too often, people who get trademarks fall into the mindset that their designs and ideas are now free from illegal use in any capacity. And this is true, as the trademark protects it, but that doesn’t mean that people still won’t take the design you created and try to use it regardless. You will need to keep an eye out for anyone misusing your trademarks, and if you do happen to find someone, it may be necessary to take legal action. Having a trademark lawyer already on your side can assist you in keeping an eye out for any illegal use for you, taking one thing off your to-do list. Your lawyer will also know how to stop anyone from using your trademark and offer assistance as the years go by and your business may change.
Do you want legal representation as you navigate through the trademark process? Behren Law Firm in Weston encompasses a broad commercial litigation practice that’s ready to assist you through the many roads ahead. Call us today!