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 12-14 months, sometimes longer). 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 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 successful registration.
  • 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 updates. The trademarking process is long. Sometimes we’ll go many 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, and a questionnaire that will provide me with more information about your business and your brand. You’ll book a call with me 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

$2750

  • 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 updates
  • Trademark registration certificate!

4 Month Payment Plan

$750/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 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 over 17 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 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 what’s called an “Intent to Use” to begin the process of evaluating and protecting your chosen name, and update your application when you start to use the name publicly in commerce (sell something using the name).

Words, phrases, logos and symbols. You can’t trademark ideas or processes. Some examples of things I’ve trademarked for clients:

  • Brand names
  • Group program names
  • Online courses
  • Masterminds
  • Podcasts
  • Masterclasses
  • Healthcare practices
  • Physical products (e.g. journals and other tangible goods)
  • Non-course digital products

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. I walk you through what I’ve found in the search results, and if there is something I’ve found that’s concerning and could either prevent or impede successful registration, will work with you to tweak your chosen name if necessary. 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 an experienced lawyer to minimize those risks!)

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. This could include tweaking your chosen name to bolster your likelihood of successful registration. I’ll provide you guidance every step of the way.

The only thing speedy about the trademark process is our response time to you. The entire process will likely take 14 months or longer given the backlog of the Trademark Office, so all the more reason to get started ASAP. Generally, after I complete my call with you, we’ll file your application within 2 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).

Additionally, I never outsource anything legal in my business. While I do have a support team to assist with other aspects of my business, when you work with me for trademarks or contracts, you are working with a highly experienced lawyer, not a legal support professional as you would with another online IP provider (and many law firms).

Yes. In fact, you can’t trademark a name from outside of the United States 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 via the Contact form at the bottom of this page and we can talk through this.

Yes! If you would like to purchase more than one trademark, we will discount additional trademarks by 50%. Two options for proceeding: either go ahead and purchase your trademark here and we can chat on our call about your second (or third) trademarks which will be invoiced separately (they can be rolled into a payment plan, too), or reach out via the Contact form with specific details around what you want to trademark and how many trademarks you’re interested in, or email or DM us on Instagram if we’re connected, and we can roll all of your trademarks into one payment plan and get them knocked out simultaneously.

Unfortunately, no. The Trademark Office requires a name and logo to be filed separately, as it’s two different applications, two different sets of searches, and different sets of evidence required to be submitted with each application. We can trademark both simultaneously, however, but it is two separate applications. I recommend either trademarking both your name and logo at the same time, or, first trademarking your name and then trademarking your logo later. Please contact us via the Contact form about trademarking both your name and logo if you want to do both now.