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Comprehensive Trademark Assistance

The intellectual property attorneys at Hayes Scott Bonino Ellingson Guslani Simonson & Clause, LLP, assist business clients at every stage of a trademark’s life, including trademark clearance, application, response to office actions, registration, and trademark enforcement and defense. The experienced lawyers at our San Carlos office will walk you through the process and ensure that your trademark is secure.

Understanding Trademark Law

Our firm has provided critical legal advice and effective representation for many of the most successful technical and manufacturing companies in Silicon Valley and California. No matter where you are located in the United States, our lawyers can help you with trademark, intellectual property transactions or litigation needs in California. We work with businesses of all sizes and corporate configurations, as well as individuals pursuing trademark and IP protections under state and federal law.

The process for obtaining a trademark can be complex, but it often follows this process:

  • Trademark clearance is a thorough search to ensure another entity is not using the name.
  • We prepare the registration application for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Our lawyers respond to USPTO concerns, including examiner’s amendments, priority actions, office actions and suspension letters.
  • When all issues are resolved, the trademark is published for opposition. If an opposition is filed, your lawyer can respond.

The completed registration process assures you that the trademark belongs exclusively to your business — as long as you enforce your rights. Our attorneys can counsel you on the consistent use of your trademark. When others misuse or co-opt your trademark, it is essential to defend your mark. Failure to defend could be seen as an abandonment of your mark.

Why New Businesses Need Trademarks

Many new businesses fail to obtain a trademark before starting operations. This mistake can hobble new companies as they attempt to expand or face litigation from a trademark holder. Business owners can prevent these expensive problems by being proactive with trademark clearance and applications.

Our firm helps new businesses get their trademarks and other intellectual property problems resolved before becoming a problem. We will guide you through the process and ensure that your trademark is established and enforceable.

Help at Every Stage of the Process

You are welcome to contact our law firm at any step in the registration process or at any time your trademark is threatened by unauthorized use. You can count on our staff to respond quickly. Contact us now to discuss your trademark concern with a skilled lawyer.