A trademark (TM) is a word, name, symbol or some other device, alone or in combination, that is used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from all others. Trademarks are valuable intellectual property assets because consumers come to rely on the trademark as an indication that they are buying the goods of a particular manufacturer as opposed to any other. Similarly, a service mark (SM) is the same as a trademark but it is applied to distinguish the service provider from all others and indicate the source of the services.
Registration of a trademark or service mark gives its owner a powerful set of rights. These include a definitive notice to the public that the registrant claims exclusive ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of the right to use the mark nationwide, and the exclusive use of the mark in connection with the goods or services specified in the registration. In addition to United States national registration, PAI Patent & Trademark Law Firm also registers clients’ trademarks internationally for use in cross-border commerce.
Our trademark practice can help you secure the required legal protection for your marks to ensure that they provide maximum value to your intellectual property portfolio. Our services include: