Columbus, Ohio Area Trademark Attorneys & Trademarking Services

The attorneys at Standley Law Group provide a wide range of trademark protection and enforcement services for trademarks and service marks registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as intellectual property protection agencies in other countries.

Searching and clearance, application preparation and prosecution, opposition, enforcement and defense services

How to Trademark a Logo, Brand, Design, Tag Line or Color

Registering a trademark is a crucial step in establishing a brand and image. While the process is less strenuous when compared to filing a patent with the U.S. Patent Office, trademarking can quickly become costly and confusing if not executed correctly. By working directly with an experienced attorney, you can be sure that your trademark becomes legally-protected intellectual property.

What Can Be Trademarked?

  • Brand Names
  • Logos
  • Slogans & Catchphrases
  • Sounds
  • Fragrances
  • Any word, combination of words or other device used to represent the source of goods or services

Registered and Unregistered Trademark Search

Our firm has access to computer databases which allow the searching of both state and federally registered trademarks. Also available are a wide variety of databases containing directory information and news articles, allowing clients to ascertain whether a given mark is already in use, whether such rights have been formalized or are common-law based. The firm also engages trademark searching companies that perform comprehensive domestic and international trademark search reports.

Registrability Opinion, Infringement Opinions and Trademark Validity

Our team of trademark attorneys will render opinions on the prospective registrability of trademarks and service marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and comparable offices in other countries so that clients can make an informed decision as to whether to adopt a mark and file an application for registration. We also explore the validity and similarities of existing registrations and provide recommendations designed to meet your business needs in a cost-effective manner.

The Process of Registering a Trademark

Trademarks can be registered both in the U.S. Trademark Office and in the individual states. Our firm prepares applications for registration and handles them through issuance. Attorneys respond to Office Actions issued by the Trademark Office, and handle appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Marks can be protected in other countries and firm attorneys engage associates as required to assist with registration and protection.

Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings

As part of their practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Standley Law Group attorneys handle oppositions filed against applications for federal registration and petitions requesting the cancellation of existing federal registrations.

Litigation Regarding Trademarks

Firm attorneys litigate trademark and unfair competition claims. Unfair competition and deceptive trade practice claims often arise in connection with trademark infringement claims and can be asserted together.

Licensing and Assignment

Our lawyers also handle the licensing and assignment of trademark rights and registrations.