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Our Job for You

Your business is growing — you’ve worked hard to build it. Maybe you’ve already started branding, or perhaps it’s just now crossing your mind.

The Good News: your customers notice.

The Bad News is that your competition notices, too, and tries to steal your customers away.

We are the trademark lawyers who protect your business from your brand’s predators, so you can relax, grow your sales, and expand your revenue.

What You Need

We provide these U.S. Trademark services to growing businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide:

  • Trademark and Branding Strategy
  • Trademark Searches (Availability)
  • Freedom to Use (Clearance) Opinions
  • Trademark Applications
  • Office Action Responses
  • Statement of Use Filings
  • Trademark Renewal
  • Trademark Monitoring and Policing
  • Trademark Assignments and Recording Change of Trademark Ownership
  • Trademark Portfolio Management
  • Trademark Opposition
  • Trademark Cancellation
  • Amazon Brand Management
  • Shopify Brand Management

What You Need

We provide these U.S. Trademark services to growing businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide:

  • Trademark and Branding Strategy
  • Trademark Searches (Availability)
  • Freedom to Use (Clearance) Opinions
  • Trademark Applications
  • Office Action Responses
  • Statement of Use Filings
  • Trademark Renewal
  • Trademark Monitoring and Policing
  • Trademark Assignments and Recording Change of Trademark Ownership
  • Trademark Portfolio Management
  • Trademark Opposition
  • Trademark Cancellation
  • Amazon Brand Management
  • Shopify Brand Management

Our Exclusive Trademark System

Educate, Evaluate & Equip

  • Fast Processing
  • Confidential Pre-Search Interview Helps Prevent Missteps
  • Easy to Follow Classes Mean You’ll Understand Every Step
  • Action-Sheets and Checklists
  • Federal Trademark Search
  • State Trademark Search
  • Common Law Trademark Search
  • Domain and Social Media Search
  • Attorney Consultation / Strategy Session
  • Trademark Application Process Budgeting
  • Application Status Monitoring
  • Status Updates
  • It Only Takes 5 Minutes to Get Started
  • If We Can’t Help You Get Your Money Back

STEP #1: Educate & Enroll

Free and No Obligation.

Let's get on the same page.

Time to Complete: Less than 1 Minute.

Just like your customers, your brand also has unique needs. After enrolling, we educate each other.

First we learn about you, your business and the goals you have for your brand. Second, you’ll learn about the registration process via our proprietary video library and Action-Sheets.

STEP #2 Evaluate

Trademark searches empower us to craft a smart plan.

Time to Complete: 2-7 Days.

Second, we cut through the lawyer-speak and outline your options in plain English.

When finished, you will have explored what we call “the Two Big Questions”:

1. Can You Even Use It? and

2. Can You Own the Rights to It?

More importantly, you’ll have a plan you have confidence in.

STEP #3: Equip

Putting your plan into action.

Time to Complete: 2+ Days.

We implement your plan, which typically begins with filing trademark applications. It may also include an Amazon Branding program or Shopify Branding program. If you have immediate needs for enforcement or take-down notices, those start as well.

When complete, your applications are pending.

STEP #4: Examine

The Trademark Office and the Public scrutinize your Application.

Time to Complete: 9 - 24 Months.

It begins with an Office Examination by an Examining Attorney (the “EA”). The EA registers rejections and objections in letters called Office Actions. You must respond to these correctly to keep your application alive. Once (and if) the EA believes that your application is in order, the mark is Published.

Next, the public has the opportunity to examine your mark by registering “Opposition” to your mark’s registration. Here’s where preparation really pays off, because carelessly filed applications can trigger unnecessary Opposition Proceedings, and these proceedings can be lengthy...and expensive.

STEP #5: Enforce

Building your defenses.

Time to Complete: Ongoing for the Life of the Registration.

Step 5 is a journey of a thousand miles.

After you have secured your registration, under US Trademark Law, to keep it and strengthen it you must ‘police it.’ Policing is a fancy way of saying that you can’t just let anyone use your mark, and it involves four activities:

  • monitoring databases and the internet to spot potential infringers
  • notifying the likely infringers that you have a registered mark
  • telling the competitor-infringers to stop using your mark (to ‘cease and desist’)
  • if necessary, litigating to force compliance with the law

My Story

I Have Over 15 Years of Experience in the Trademark Industry

Unlike most attorneys, I’m an entrepreneur — some say a successful entrepreneur. And as much as I enjoy the thought that these colleagues may be right, I certainly wasn’t always a successful entrepreneur. My first shots at starting businesses in college resulted in abandoned patent applications, zero sales and debt (not to mention late homework and shoddy lab assignments). Later, I learned hard lessons as people I trusted blatantly stole my inventions, and suppliers I trusted failed to deliver products. And, through my experience at a large law firm as well as in my own law practice, I’ve seen just about every kind of chicanery imaginable.

What our clients ARE saying

As a new solopreneur, navigating last-minute legal issues is stressful! Steven expertly assisted me,
and I give him my absolute highest recommendation.
Rarely, if ever, do I find a knowledgable lawyer who is also a consummate and successful business professional.
Steven’s both, and speaks ‘plain English’!

Ellin Sidell

Coach/Consultant

A troll tried to hold my now Wall-Street Journal best-seller “You Are The Brand” hostage — the week before it published.
Fortunately, long before that happened, Steve designed & guided me through a plan.
When the attack came he was able to instantly stop the harassment. My book published on time and without a slap-down.
It was like watching legal-judo!

Mike Kim

“You Are the Brand”

The best money I’ve ever invested!

Jim Benge

Dallas Angel Investor & “Proud Shark”

We Stop The Competition From Raiding Your Business.

We Register, Enforce and Defend Your Trademarks with Our Exclusive Trademark Process.

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Looking to Locate Your Business in VA? Here's Why Ashburn Is A Great Choice!

Ashburn, VA is a Great Place to Grow Your Business 

Business owners in Ashburn, Virginia are in the middle of a technology hub and next to the Washington Dulles International Airport, an area that has experienced a technology boom and residential growth that changed the identity of formerly rural surrounding Loudon County into an integral part of the urban D.C. metro area. 

The affluence, influence and history of this area are ideal for establishing or growing your business, placing you in the middle of a tightly competitive environment. The surrounding county’s median household income ranks it first among jurisdictions of 65,000 or more in the nation.  Ashburn’s proximity to the Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA in the Capital region gives you advantages when it comes time to secure your trademark.

In fact, one of the most high-profile trademark cases currently wending its way through the courts has its home in the D.C. area.  The Washington Redskins football team, whose training camp is located in Ashburn, has been challenged by some Native Americans charging six logos and names owned by the Redskins are offensive and should be cancelled proving at once the importance of defending your valuable trademarks.

Besides Dulles International Airport, travelers can opt for Reagan National Airport, Baltimore Washington International Airport and several general aviation airports including Leesburg Executive Airport at Godfrey Field, named for radio legend Arthur Godfrey who once owned the land and flew his private DC-3 from the field. The county is connected by I-95 to the full length of the east coast from Maine to Florida and passes through the major cities of BostonNew York CityPhiladelphiaBaltimoreRichmond all the way to Palm Beach and Miami. The Amtrak passenger rail service including business class also connects D.C. to major east coast cities from Boston to Miami. Local commuters are served by the Washington Metro rail line. 

Ashburn and its surrounding area have emerged as a data and technology center not only for metro D.C. but also the world with some estimates that 70% of global internet traffic travels through the servers located there. Ashburn is part of the Dulles Technology Corridor with several global corporations including: 

Verisign

Comscore 

Verizon Business

Amazon Web Services 

Orbital/Northrop Grumman

AOL

Want Help Growing Your Business? These Organizations Can Help!

Growing a Business in Ashburn

Ashburn also is a great place for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to establish a presence that serves and supports government and industry, including:

Quality Management International Inc.

Infinitive

International Cloud Business Inc.

Telos

KnowledgeBank

Loudon Virginia Economic Development Council supports the location and growth of the businesses in Ashburn in key industries such as data centers, information and communication technology, federal government contracting, aerospace and defense, aviation and transportation, as well as health innovation and agriculture.  The Loudon Chamber has been supporting local Ashburn business people for 50 years and offers events, awards and opportunities to network with peers through its many interest groups for women, young professionals, technology professionals and more.

Does Ashburn Have Access to World-Class Universities? You Bet!

University and Executive Education in and around Ashburn

Patrick Henry College is the only college with a main campus in Loudon County. A small, private, Christian liberal arts college, Patrick Henry College was incorporated in 1998 in Purcellville, Va focusing on government, journalism, economics, business analytics and strategic intelligence. While it opts out of certain federal funding programs, it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education thus making more scholarships and grants available to students.  Ashburn has satellite campuses of larger DC-area universities such as George Washington UniversityGeorge Mason University, and Strayer University.

Online and bricks-and-mortar programs associated with these universities may be of interest to you as a businessperson: 

  • University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
  • Georgetown University’s Custom Programs for Organizations
Ashburn's Not a Boring Suburb! Enjoy These Historic Landmarks, Historical Parks and Top Healthcare Options:

History and Culture in AshburnThe median age of housing in Ashburn is only 5 years, making it a relatively new bedroom community of commuters who travel to D.C., Reston and Tyson’s Corner for employment. However, in an area rich with local history, many pre-Revolutionary and Civil War era residences and historic landmarks dot the landscape.  The Belmont Manor House in Ashburn was a safe haven for President James Madison during the War of 1812 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the clubhouse for a private, gated community.

For sightseers, one particularly relevant and beautiful site nearby is Harpers Ferry National Historical Park where an early Civil War rebellion took place at an armory at the juncture of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The agrarian nature of the area is best experienced through its wineries and equine industry. The Morven Park International Equestrian Center in the county seat adjacent to Ashburn, Leesburg, is a former gubernatorial residence and now the site of national horse trials and part of the county equine industry valued at $78 million.

Ashburn residents have local access to healthcare care at Inova Loudon Hospital in Leesburg and the StoneSprings Hospital Center with locations in DullesSterling and Falls Church, Virginia. The Howard Hughes Medical Center Janelia Research Center is a significant neurobiological research facility located in Ashburn.

Thrasher Trademark Law Can Secure Your Business and Brand in Ashburn, VA

Trademark attorney Steven Thrasher has been serving clients in the Washington D.C. area — including Ashburn, VA — and across the nation since 2002. In that time, our lawyers have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs escape the competitive pressures of commodity businesses. In addition to filing trademark applications, Steve solves intellectual property problems related to federal administrative issues involving trademarks, patents, copyrights, and infringements.