As a business owner, you want to make sure your company name and image is distinguished from others, especially those who may be competitors. You may be considering getting a trademark in order to ensure it will be protected and that your brand or logo will be associated solely with your business. Our attorney in Raleigh NC is here to help you better understand trademarks and whether or not your business needs one.
Our Attorney in Raleigh NC Talks Trademarks
As we discussed in previous posts, a trademark is an image, phrase or design associated with your company or your company’s product. It can be an image, a logo, a slogan, a symbol or some other form of design that sets your company apart from others. Trademarks fall under intellectual property law, which protects people and companies from having others use their brands or work as their own.
While you can trademark your company’s image by simply placing a “TM” in the logo or name, you can also register it officially through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If your company offers a service rather than a product, you would use the letters “SM” for service mark.
Having your business registered through the government gives you more leverage if you were to go to court with a case involving your intellectual property. Once you have applied for a trademark and it is accepted, you can add a registered mark, which is the letter “R” in a circle.
When your business is officially registered, you will be better protected if a case involving infringement arises. Another benefit it that is allows you to register with U.S. Customs to prevent imports of similar foreign products. Our attorney in Raleigh NC can help you with registering your business.
For more information about whether or not you might need to trademark your business, visit back with our next blog post.
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about trademarking or other legal situation. Our attorney in Raleigh NC is here to help you with all your legal matters, whether it be entertainment law, trademarking, copyrighting, or DWI issues.
Also contact us to schedule a consultation if you have yet to start estate planning. It's never too early to make plans for your wishes upon death. When planning your estate, you may want to consider which assets are subject to probate and which are not so that you can make the best decisions in how you designate heirs. If you need additional help, reach out to our attorney in Raleigh NC to ensure that you are creating the best plan for your situation.