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Trademark Registration & Administrative Proceedings

USPTO Trademark Registrations, Office Action Responses, and TTAB Trials and Appeals

Whether your company owns hundreds of brands or you are starting a business as an entrepreneur, protecting your trademarks is fundamental to building a strong and distinguished presence in the marketplace. Filing a registration application is a critical first step; however, it is not unusual for trademark owners to run into issues with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and disputes with other applicants and registrants can add complexity to the process as well.

Our Miami trademark attorneys have successfully represented clients in thousands of filings with the USPTO. We also routinely represent clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) – the hearing office within the USPTO that rules on registration denials and disputes between trademark owners and trademark registration applicants. With offices in South Florida, we work with brand owners of all sizes nationwide, and we utilize our attorneys’ experience and our firm’s technological resources to make the process as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

File a Trademark Registration Application with the USPTO

While geographically-limited trademark rights arise automatically upon use of a mark in commerce, USPTO registration affords numerous benefits. Most importantly, registration grants a trademark owner nationwide priority, which means that no other business can adopt a “confusingly similar” mark to sell competing products or services anywhere in the United States, including online. Additionally, by conducting comprehensive “clearance” research prior to filing an application, companies and entrepreneurs can avoid adopting marks that infringe on third-party owners’ existing rights – potentially resulting in expensive infringement litigation and re-branding.

We help clients file USPTO registration applications that provide the protection they need to grow their brands unencumbered. To get started, send us your trademark information using our trademark intake form.

Office Action Responses and TTAB Trials and Appeals

Responding to a USPTO Office Action

If you have received an Office Action in response to your USPTO trademark registration application, you need to submit a timely response in order to avoid a final denial. The reasons why trademark examiners issue office actions vary, from technical deficiencies to apparent conflicts with existing registrations or previously-filed third-party applications. Our attorneys can review the Office Action to determine what is necessary to save your application, and we can correspond with the trademark examiner on your behalf for the remainder of the registration process.

Protecting Your Trademarks Before the TTAB

We provide full-service representation for TTAB proceedings involving registration denials and disputes between trademark applicants and registered trademark owners. If you need help with any of the following, we encourage you to contact us for a confidential initial consultation:

  • AppealProceedings – Appealing a final denial of registration from the USPTO.
  • Opposition Proceedings – Opposing a third-party registration application or fending off a third-party opposition.
  • Cancellation Proceedings – Seeking to cancel a third-party registration or protecting your mark against cancellation.

Speak With One of Our Trademark Attorneys in Confidence

Questions? Feel free to contact us for an initial consultation. To speak with a Miami trademark attorney at Peretz Chesal & Herrmann, P.L. in confidence, please call 305-341-3000 or inquire online today.

Below is our trademark intake form, which can be completed prior to the initial consultation.

Trademark Registration Intake