Intellectual Property Lawyers in New York and Connecticut
At the Law Offices of Joseph C. Messina, we handle a broad range of intellectual property issues for individuals and businesses across the globe and across the United States, but we also maintain a local presence in Westchester County, Fairfield County, and the surrounding communities in New York and Connecticut. We bring decades of experience to bear on issues involving trademark registrations, licensing issues, copyright matters and domain name disputes.
We have built and maintained our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. We treat every client like he or she is our only client, devoting our full attention to every aspect of your case. We also provide prompt, thorough and thoughtful answers to your questions. We will respond to any inquiry within 24 hours. Most questions are answered within a few hours regardless of whether it is an incoming telephone inquiry or a written email communication.
We counsel our clients in connection with the various phases of trademark clearance, trademark prosecution, trademark proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and USPTO post registration mandatory filings, as well as trademark assignments and licensing. When a trademark application is filed with the USPTO it will be assigned to an Examining Attorney and reviewed to determine if the proposed term functions as a trademark. The application may be refused if the Examining Attorney finds that the Mark solely functions as a trade name, is merely a decorative feature and does not identify and distinguish the products or services, is a slogan that is merely informational, is a color Mark that does not possess acquired distinctiveness under §2(f) of the Trademark Act, or is trade dress that is functional or not inherently distinctive. These are just a few of the bases upon which an Examiner may refuse a trademark application.
An application may also be refused if the proposed Mark is merely descriptive, will cause a likelihood of confusion with a pending application or registration, is generic, is primarily merely a surname and there are more reasons why an Examining Attorney may refuse a trademark application. The Examiners scrutinize the trademark applications and require strict adherence to the rules in the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, and this is why it is crucial to work with experienced trademark counsel. We can work within your designated budget. We have a long history of working with entrepreneurs and advising them on how best to achieve value while keeping budgetary limits in mind. The majority of our clients come to us with a limited budget and with the objective of obtaining the broadest protection possible for their intellectual property under the law.
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