Protect Your Brand | Trademarks - Solivagant Legal

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Does the thought of having to change your brand or course name make you sick? Us too.

No doubt blood, sweat, and tears have gone into building your business, not to mention massive amounts of money.
The last thing you want to have to do is rebrand or defend a trademark infringement lawsuit.

Reality check 😬

  • Just registering your business name doesn’t prevent others from using it. It only means someone can’t also register that business name in your state. That’s it. The ONLY way to have exclusive ownership over your brand (or course or program name) is to trademark it.
  • Many business owners think they can search the Trademark Office’s database and/or do a quick Google search, see that no one else has trademarked their exact name, and think they should be able to trademark without a problem. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this isn’t the case-not by a long shot.
  • In the United States, businesses can have trademark rights even if they haven’t registered their trademark with the Trademark Office. If they’ve used their brand name in commerce, meaning they’ve sold products or services using your name or a name similar to yours, they could have rights to that name, rights that could prevent you from having your trademark application approved.

This is too important to attempt yourself.

  • We search across hundreds of news and industry databases, social media, and federal and state registers to get the fullest picture possible. Search results reports can be hundreds of pages long. We thoroughly review your results and assess the probability of successful registration.
  • Not only do we identify any potential roadblocks to trademarking your brand pre-application, we have the experience and expertise to best prep your application for success. The trademark application itself is complicated, with 45 options of classes of goods or services to choose from. Choose the wrong class and your application will be denied or you won’t have protection in your industry.
  • The trademark process is long (at least 8 months, sometimes over a year). The last thing you want is to get 6 months in (after already investing money in filing fees to submit your application) only to have your application denied, and you now have to start all over again.

Let's work together to protect your brand.

When you work with us, you’ll have an experienced lawyer to guide you every step of the way. Here’s how it works and what you’ll get:
  • Call with me (Mairin) to review your brand, your immediate and long term goals (so we make sure we’re registering your mark in all of the right categories), discuss what you need to provide me and when, and give you an overview of the timeline and what to expect.
  • Comprehensive search to maximize your likelihood of success.
  • I prep and file your application. Did you know there are over 44 classes of goods and services you need to choose from when you’re filing a trademark application? Let us worry about that, not you. 😉
  • Your filing fees and 1 class of goods or services are included. Depending on your type of business, you may need to file in additional classes. The federal government charges $250 per class, which we bill you for separately. We'll go over all of this in your call so you know exactly what to expect.
  • I handle all communication with the Trademark Office. If an examining attorney has questions or needs more information, I handle it directly. Once you provide us with the evidence we need to attach to your application, we handle everything. Your work is done!
  • We provide you with regular updates. The trademarking process is long. Sometimes we’ll go months without hearing anything from the Trademark Office (which is actually a good thing). Regardless, we will update you regularly so even if there’s no news, you can rest assured knowing that we’re on top of things, and your application is moving forward.
  • Prep the champagne (and the Ⓡ to add to your brand name 😉) because you’re now official.

Let's do this!

Pay in full or in installments, whatever works for you. You’ll fill in your name and email address on the next screen. You’ll receive an email with a link to book your call with us to get the ball rolling. We’ll go over what info and supporting evidence I need from you, and walk you through the process, so you know exactly what to expect.

Pay in Full

$2500

  • Comprehensive pre-application search
  • Pre-filing call with Mairin
  • Trademark application + 1 class of goods or services
  • All communication and follow-up with the Trademark Office
  • Regular monthly updates
  • Trademark registration certificate!

4 Month Payment Plan

$675/month

  • Comprehensive pre-application search
  • Pre-filing call with Mairin
  • Trademark application + 1 class of goods or services
  • All communication and follow-up with the Trademark Office
  • Regular monthly updates
  • Trademark registration certificate!
Hi!

I can’t wait to help you protect your brand.

I’m Mairin Van Shura, and I’ve been a lawyer for almost 15 years. My first job right out of law school before I started practicing law was consulting for a legal research firm. One of my biggest clients? The Trademark Office. I taught trademark application examination lawyers how to research using my firm’s software. I’ve been informally advising business owners on trademarks ever since. I’m so excited to help you comprehensively protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build.

Mairin Van Shura

Questions? Check out these FAQs:

As soon as you can, really. Even if you haven’t gotten any clients or made any sales yet, we can file an “Intent to Use” and update your application when you start to get business.

Words, phrases, logos and symbols. You can’t trademark ideas or processes.

No, sorry. We do everything we can to maximize your chances of success. Our preliminary search is so comprehensive and thorough, we go into the application process armed with as much information as possible so we can really assess your likelihood of success. But nothing is fool-proof. At the end of the day, it’s a judgment call by the trademark examining attorney as to whether your name is too close to an existing name, or whether it’s too generic, or any other number of possible reasons for denial (which is why you work with us to minimize those risks!)

You’ll pay an initial $600 USD regardless of whether you’re paying in full or in installments. This is non-refundable. The remainder of the payment if you pay in full will be invoiced within 1 week of your call with Mairin.

We do this because in rare cases, we’ll run our comprehensive search and find that someone might not be a good candidate for trademarking (if the results indicate a 50% or less chance of approval). At this point, we’ll give you the option of whether you’d like to continue.

No, sorry. We do everything we can to maximize your chances of approval. If after we complete our thorough search, we discover a conflict or something that makes us doubt your chances of success, we will contact you to discuss how to proceed and what your options are.

The only thing speedy about the trademark process is our response time to you. Sorry! The entire process can take up to a year or longer, so all the more reason to get started ASAP. Generally, after we complete our call with you, we’ll file your application within 3 weeks. It takes that long to conduct a thorough search, review and analyze all search results, and complete and file your application.

Yes, it’s an investment. And I’m not one of those business owners who is going to tell you you’re not taking your business seriously if you don’t work with us (please, can we stop those ridiculous tactics?) I get that you’re trying to balance a lot of expenses. We offer installment payments to make it a little easier for you. I will say that this is one of the most important things you can do for your brand, though, as it’s the only way to truly own your name and keep someone from using it.

As for Legal Zoom, I’d say beware. It might be less expensive upfront, but if you have questions, or the Trademark Office has questions/needs more information (which is not uncommon), you will have to pay additional fees, which you won’t know at the start. I’m not even sure if LZ gives you an actual lawyer or just facilitates the original connection. Either way, you need someone who is going to be with you from start to finish, someone who is an actual lawyer with experience, who can walk you through the process, level set your expectations, provide you updates, and answer any questions you have. That’s not Legal Zoom (or any of the other low cost providers you’ll find via a Google search).

Yes. In fact, you can’t trademark a name from outside of the U.S. unless you work with a lawyer licensed in the United States. So you’re in the right place.

Yes. We can chat about this, but for an additional fee, it may be possible to register your brand in the United States and in most other countries of the world. Send us a message and we can talk through this.

Yes! If you would like to purchase more than one trademark, we will discount additional trademarks by 50%. Go ahead and purchase one here and we can chat on our call about your second (or third) trademark.