A trademark can be any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes goods, including a unique product, from those manufactured or sold by others, and indicates the source of the goods. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms “trademark” and “mark” are often used generally to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
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Every consumer can recognize a trademark- whether it is a symbol, font, packaging, or other identifiable characteristic of the product or service, these marks can become invaluable to the business. In fact, for some businesses they are the most valuable asset of the company. An effective trademark or service mark will identify the source of your product or service, and helps avoid customer confusion between your product or service and those of competitors. Many businesses may not recognize that they are actually using a trademark or how to protect an existing trademark. Ashley Law Firm, P.C., provides legal counsel to individuals and businesses seeking to preserve trademark rights and protect against trademark infringement. In addition, the firm can assist new business start-ups in selecting a trademark or service mark.
Trademarks can distinguish your business and protect the value of your service or product. If you need guidance in trademark protection, please contact Ashley Law Firm P.C. for an immediate consultation.
A federal registration for a trademark or service mark can be obtained by filing an application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A federal trademark registration provides significant legal benefits to the trademark owner. For example, a federal registration serves as constructive nationwide notice of the trademark applicant’s claim to the trademark, is evidence of the applicant’s ownership of the trademark, is evidence of validity of the mark and the applicant’s exclusive right to use the mark in commerce, and can be a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. In addition, a federal trademark registration enables the trademark owner to bring suits for infringement in federal court, and utilize the U.S. Customs Service to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods.
If you believe someone may be infringing upon your trademark or service mark, Ashley Law Firm P.C. can assist you in stopping the infringement and preventing future infringement. Even if you do not currently have a federal trademark registration, you may still have a case of trademark infringement. Also, if you have been accused of infringing trademark or service mark rights of another, Ashley Law Firm P.C. can help, and defend you in litigation if it becomes necessary.
Contact Ashley Law Firm P.C. to speak with an experienced intellectual property lawyer regarding patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing agreements, infringement litigation and other related intellectual property matters.