In mid-December 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations affecting all foreign-owned single-member limited liability companies. While these regulations have the potential to increase transparency with respect to the movement of foreign funds, they impose new burdens on the…Read the full article
Protect your brand. Protect your investment.
Your business has set itself apart through years of quality products and service. That quality is now symbolized by your business’ marks. When a customer sees your mark, they know where that product or service came from, and they know to expect quality.
It is important to keep competitors from using your marks. Sometimes your competitors will start using similar marks by coincidence. Sometimes, your competitors will use your exact mark, or a similar mark, because they want a short-cut; they know just how much customer goodwill you have built up in the mark.
The most effective way to deal with both of these competitors is to have registered your mark as soon as you are ready to use it in public. Few infringers will put up a fight when faced with proof that you have already registered correctly. Mark registration greatly increases the size of the hammer you wield. In addition, the federal and various state trademark registration laws create significant legal incentives for you to register as soon as possible. For these reasons, timely registering all of your key marks is important, not only for the business’ operations, but also to make it an attractive acquisition target.
The attorneys and staff of the Trademark Registration group at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC have the experience to effectively and cost-effectively guide your business through the trademark selection, registration, and maintenance processes, whether at the international, U.S. federal, or U.S. state level.