We Register, Enforce and Defend Your Trademarks With The Exclusive E5 Trademark Process. Charles County Trademark Attorneys
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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 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.

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Charles County Trademark Lawyer

At Trademark Law USA in County, we truly understand the crucial role that trademarks play for businesses. A trademark holds immense value and goes far beyond being a mere symbol; it serves as the cornerstone of brand identity and recognition. Allow me to explain why it is an absolutely vital step for businesses aiming for long term success.

1. Building Brand Recognition and Trust; One of the key advantages of having a trademark is that it allows you to establish a unique identity for your business. When your trademark is well designed and easily recognizable, customers can effortlessly associate your products or services with your brand.

2. Legal Protection and Exclusive Rights; Registering a trademark grants you exclusive rights to use that mark in connection with your goods or services within the registered territory. This legal protection acts as a shield against potential infringers, counterfeiters or competitors who might attempt to exploit the success of your brand. Trademarks serve as a powerful deterrent, preventing others from adopting similar marks that could confuse consumers.

3. National and International Expansion Opportunities; With a registered trademark, your business gains the ability to expand both nationally and internationally. By safeguarding your mark in different jurisdictions, you create a solid foundation for growth beyond just your local market.

4. Asset Value and Brand Equity;
Trademarks hold significant value as assets for businesses and their worth can increase over time as the brand grows and gains recognition. In situations such as mergers, acquisitions or business sales, having a registered trademark adds substantial value to your company. Trademarks also offer opportunities for licensing or franchising, which can generate additional streams of revenue.

• Incontestable Rights; After continuous use and registration for a certain period, trademarks can attain the status of being “incontestable.” This means that the validity of your trademark is unquestionable, providing it with stronger legal protection and making it more challenging for others to challenge its ownership.

• Protection Against Domain Name Issues; Registering a trademark proves extremely valuable when resolving domain name disputes. If someone else registers a domain name that infringes upon your trademark, you have legal options to regain control through established domain dispute resolution mechanisms.

• Maintaining Competitive Advantage; A trademark helps fortify your businesss market position by preventing competitors from diluting your brand or capitalizing on your reputation. Robust trademark protection allows you to confidently invest in marketing and brand development without worrying about losing market impact due to dilution.

• Enhancing Business Value; Ultimately, the strength and recognition of a brand play a critical role in assessing the long term success of a business. Having a registered trademark showcases professionalism and commitment to upholding the integrity of your brand.
Investors and potential partners are more likely to be attracted to a business that has a strong and well protected brand.

• Protection for Design and Innovation; Trademarks go beyond just words or logos; they can also cover product designs and packaging. By registering your product designs as trademarks, you can safeguard your unique and innovative designs from imitators, ensuring that you benefit from your own creativity.

• Peace of Mind; Having a registered trademark provides peace of mind for business owners. It allows you to concentrate on building and expanding your business without constantly worrying about others infringing upon your intellectual property rights.

If you are looking for a Charles County trademark attorney, we are here to help.

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Looking to Locate Your Business in MD? Here's Why Charles County Is A Great Choice!

Charles County is a Great Place to Grow your Business

For business owners in Charles County, Maryland, you are immersed in early American history right next to the modern seat of government in the metro D.C. area, along, of course, with its many business and cultural opportunities. 

Establishing or growing your business in a tightly competitive and high-profile environment has its perks and advantages.  For example, The Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA is 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 stadium is located at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, has been challenged by 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.

The D.C. metro area is home to three large airports, Reagan National AirportDulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport. The area is also served by major interstate highways and a well-developed local highway system, including I-95 which connects the east coast from Maine to Florida and passes through the major cities of BostonNew York CityPhiladelphiaBaltimoreRichmond, and all the way to Palm Beach and Miami. The Amtrak passenger rail service including business class also traverses the east coast connecting D.C. to major cities from Boston to Miami.

Even with these advantages at its doorstep, Charles County locations are less expensive than other DC-area business locations and offer opportunity zones and other attractive incentives for businesses looking to locate near the District of Columbia without the price tag. Major employers in Charles County include 

Want Help Growing Your Business? These Organizations Can Help!

Growing a Business in Charles County

In this strong pro-business metro area, Charles County is a great place for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to establish a presence. Here are a few that you may want to get to know:

Community Bank of the Chesapeake

De Lux Electric

Wills Group

KNC Marketing

Shavano Intelligence Systems

Charles County Economic Development Council actively recruits and assists businesses for expansion and relocation in Charles County.  For established businesses, the Charles County Chamber of Commerce is an active supporter and advocate.

Does Charles County Have Access to World-Class Universities? You Bet!
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History and Nature in Charles County

When you are in the nation’s capital, expect history to dominate the local culture. Charles County was founded in 1658, less than 40 years after British settlers established the first American colony in Jamestown, VA. As a result, the county has quite a number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places making this an ideal spot for early American history buffs. 

Charles County residents have access to the top healthcare providers in the world including nearby University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in LaPlata.

Thrasher Trademark Law Can Secure Your Business and Brand in Charles County, MD

Trademark attorney Steven Thrasher has been serving clients in the Washington D.C. area — including Charles County, MD — and across the nation since 2002. In that time, Steve has 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.