We assist clients in determining the availability and viability of new and existing word marks and logos through the performance and review of limited and extensive trademark searches. Based upon the results of such searches and opinions issued in connection therewith, our clients are able to better structure their marketing and advertising efforts so as to avoid conflicts arising from potential and actual trademark infringement.
Once a mark is deemed to be viable, we offer trademark filing and prosecuting services, handling all aspects of the registration process, including responses to office actions, third party oppositions to registration and co-terminous use agreements. As a client’s mark courses its way through the registration process and thereafter, we maintain a calendaring system to remind clients of upcoming deadlines for filing such items as responses to office actions, statements of use, declarations of incontestability, statements of continued use and renewals. We also offer “watch” services pursuant to which we perform periodic searches to ensure no third party has attempted to file a registration for a potentially confusing mark.
A rapidly growing area of expertise for our firm is trademark litigation. We have successfully defended and protected clients’ marks in a variety of arenas, including mediation, federal court litigation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
We also assist clients from a variety of fields in licensing the use of their marks and/or copyrighted materials to third parties and, conversely, the use of third party marks and copyrighted works. Such licenses have involved marks and copyrighted works used in connection with a range of goods and services from outdoor grills and camouflage patterns to internet businesses and software. Our trademark attorneys have membership with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Georgia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section.