Our Charleston trademark attorneys provide entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, small businesses and private companies with a full range of state and federal trademark legal services.
Initial Trademark Search
Trademark search and analysis
Performing a trademark search is essential for any start-up, entrepreneur or business selecting a new product, service or business name or design trademark. The aim of the trademark search is to determine if a client’s proposed trademark is available for use. Hiring an attorney to conduct a thorough trademark search will be beneficial in the long run to avoid a financial disaster or avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit, or both.
State Trademark Registration
South Carolina trademark laws allow for state registration of trademarks for local individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses who do not conduct commerce, use, sell, offer, advertise or promote the goods, products and/or services beyond South Carolina borders.
Federal Trademark Registration
Trademark registration, maintenance, and renewal
Filing for federal trademark registration provides various trademark benefits to business owners and entrepreneurs. Our Charleston based trademark law firm offers flat rate fees for the majority of our trademark services so entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses can afford to take advantage of the important benefits a federal trademark registration allows.
Our trademark attorneys, in addition to registering your trademark, will also handle the renewal of existing registrations to ensure continued protection of your trademark. In order to maintain a valid registration once a trademark is issued, the trademark owner must file renewal documents and pay fees between the 5th & 6th years after the trademark registration date, again between the 9th and 10th years after the initial trademark registration date, and every 10 years thereafter. Failure to renew your trademark will result in the cancellation of your registration, leaving you trademark unprotected.