Federal Trademark Registration

If you are a business owner using a unique brand name, logo, and/or image in interstate commerce, you may qualify for federal trademark registration. A federal trademark registration confers the right to exclude others from infringing your mark in any manner that is likely to cause consumer confusion as to the source of goods or services. Federal registration on the Principal Register affords significant benefits—including a legal presumption of your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide, constructive notice to all others in the country of your trademark ownership, the ability to use the ® symbol, and the monetary and injunctive remedies available under the federal Lanham Act in the event you need to sue to enforce your trademark.

I help clients apply for federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO will approve registration if there is no already-existing registration or application that is too similar, and the application meets all other federal requirements. Prior to filing any trademark application, I advise the client on the likelihood of successfully obtaining registration based on a variety of considerations.

Trademark Trial and Appeals Board I handle opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, representing petitioner/opposer or registrant/applicant.

Copyright Registration

If you are the author/creator of original content—books, articles/blogs, music, artwork, photography, etc.—you may qualify for federal copyright registration. As the author/creator, you automatically have copyright protection once the work is complete. However, this protection is limited unless you also have a federal copyright registration. If you believe someone else has stolen or “ripped off” your work and you want to enforce your copyright, a copyright registration is required to file a lawsuit. In addition, if your work was copyright-registered at the time of the alleged infringement (or within three months after), you qualify for statutory damages of up to $30,000 per infringed work in the event of a judgment in your favor. To ensure clients gain these benefits proactively, I help clients apply for federal copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office.


I have litigated intellectual property matters in federal courts statewide. If you believe that your intellectual property has been infringed, or if you are accused of infringing someone else’s intellectual property, please contact me regarding my litigation services.

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