We Register, Enforce and Defend Your Trademarks With The Exclusive E5 Trademark Process. Potomac Maryland 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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Looking to Locate Your Business in MD? Here's Why Potomac Is A Great Choice!

Potomac, MD is a Great Place to Grow your Business

Potomac, Maryland is a town unlike most others in the nation, but like many in the metro D.C. area – wealthy and highly educated. Often ranking among the most moneyed zip codes in the country, and even boasting its own “Real Housewives of Potomac” television show, Potomac is a high-earning, low-profile town. As such, it is mostly a bedroom community with some small retail establishments while it counts many accomplished professionals among its citizenry. 

When you consider Potomac as a site for your business, you are choosing a tightly competitive environment that has its perks and advantages.  Across the Potomac River, 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 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.

With one of the most desirable addresses in the D.C. metro area, Potomac residents have easy access 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 and its ring roads such as I-270 which run through the town. Interstate 95 connects 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 traverses the east coast connecting D.C. to major cities from Boston to Miami.

 

Want Help Growing Your Business? These Organizations Can Help!

Growing a Business in Potomac

Potomac is comfortable in this strong pro-business metro area next to the seat of national power. Some large companies adjacent to Potomac are:  

Cambridge Investment Group

Coventry Health Care

Digital Management

LockheedMartin

NBC Sports Washington

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce serves the businesses within the town of Potomac. Business people also have the option of joining the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce which connects them to other entrepreneurs from nearby Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Washington D.C., Prince George’s County and areas in northern Virginia. 

A highly educated and wealthy community like Potomac is a great place for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to establish a notable presence, including:

Advantage Solutions

Khachaturian, Radebaugh & Associates

Two Crows Consulting

Knowcean Consulting

Marconi Pacific 

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Arts, Entertainment and Culture in Potomac

Potomac shares the cultural wealth of its neighbors. Next door in Bethesda, The Round House Theater has been a mainstay of serious theatrical productions with ensemble acting and lifelong learning for professionals.  Strathmore is home to the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. For health and wellness enthusiasts, the Capital Crescent Trail which runs along the old B&O railroad tracks is an amenity for runners, walkers, hikers and bikers. Next-door neighbor Bethesda lays claim to what some say is the most exclusive country club in the country, the Congressional Country Club. Potomac also has its own unique conference center, the William F. Bolger Hotel and Conference Center, an exclusive 40-acre resort with lush gardens and a junior Olympic-sized pool among its amenities.


Potomac is close to world-class healthcare with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda where presidents, dignitaries and heads of state receive care. 

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

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