A trademark is a feature unrelated to the characteristics of your products or services, which allow your business to help customers and consumers distinguish your products and services from identical or similar products and services of everyone else. Thus should be considered paramount by any modern enterprise. When you think of Starbucks, you think of a cup of coffee, but you also think of their green mermaid logo.
Moreover, a trademark is an area of intellectual property law that protects the brand name of your products. It's what you call your company. It's the slogan that you use for your company. It's the design of the logo that you use. This is covered under intellectual property law subcategory called trademark law.
After we have conduct your FREE preliminary trademark search, you decide if you wish to proceed with trademark registration. Check our trademark pricing to see which option best fits you. Unlike any other registration company, our pricing includes all government fees and taxes.
After the application has been filed, the IPPHL will further investigate to determine if there are similar marks. Next, a Trademark Examiner will check the application and signify his/her objections or comments in the form of Registrability Reports, which must be responded within 2 months. Most applications proceed to further steps called Publication for Opposition and Declaration of Actual Use. Our office will handle all communications with the IPPHL and contact you as necessary. The total process takes 6-12 months on average.
The first step is a trademark search and preliminary examination. Our services includes FREE search and preliminary examination.
The next step is filing a Trademark application.
The follow step is receive of Notice of Allowance (NOA) & the 1st Publication for Opposition (PfO). Your application may also receive an office action at this step, and our service includes a FREE response to a minor registrability report.
The following step is 2nd Publication for Opposition & Issuance of Certificate
The next step is to file a Declaration of Actual Use (DAU), which occurs within 3 years after Issuance of Certificate.
Note that Declaration of Actual Use is again filed again at years 5 and year 10.
Renewal of trademark at year 10.
Notes: Beware of some law firms that have hidden or extra charges (transportation, photocopying, out-of-pocket expenses, government fees, etc). We have no extra or hidden charges. All fees quoted are inclusive and include all government fees, attorney fees, transportation costs, etc. Note that your application may be opposed by another trademark owner and in the event that opposition occurs, the above fees do not include response to such opposition. Fees include response to one minor Registrability Report.