Trademark Law

What Is A Trademark?International Trademark Attorneys Located in the New York Metro AreaHelping Clients Understand Trademarks and Other Intellectual Property Issues

A trademark/Service Mark is a word, phrase, slogan, symbol, or design (or combination thereof) that distinguishes your products or services from others. Trademarks and Service Marks identify and distinguish the source of the goods or services. Marks are symbols of quality and goodwill that assure consumers that they will receive the same high-quality product or service this time as they did the last time.

At the Law Offices of Joseph C. Messina, our lawyers have extensive experience helping clients learn about a wide range of intellectual property matters, including trademarks. We strive to provide comprehensive trademark services, from inception of the idea to applying for trademark protection and successfully resolving any disputes. A trademark or Service Mark is an invaluable attribute of your business. Protect it from the start by securing federal trademark protection. Contact the Law Offices of Joseph C. Messina to begin the process.

You always want to include the ® symbol with your trademark. This notifies third parties of your legal rights. It will deter third parties from using your trademark without authorization and it will dissuade others from adopting a similar trademark for related goods or services. It is also critical that you use a trademark term as an adjective to describe the goods or services and not as a noun or a verb. The objective is for the trademark term to become an indication of source for the goods and/or services. However, once a trademark becomes synonymous with the general class of goods or services, it runs the risk of becoming generic. Moreover, one’s intellectual property rights in the Mark may be lost.

You may use the "TM" (trademark) or "SM" (Service Mark) symbol at any time in connection with your goods or services. The symbols TM and SM indicate only that someone is claiming rights in a Mark, and nothing more. It does not mean a trademark application has been filed or that a trademark registration has been issued. Once you register your trademark you gain the right to use ® or "Registered Trademark" in conjunction with your Mark.

Our firm focuses on trademark law and other related areas of intellectual property, including domain name disputes and copyright registration. Our New York trademark attorneys have years of intellectual property experience, as well as connections across the globe to ensure protection of our clients' business interests. Whether you are starting your first business or your corporate enterprise has 50 Marks in its portfolio, we can provide comprehensive legal services to meet your needs.

Contact the Law Offices of Joseph C. Messina

Send us an e-mail or call our office at 914-381-2728 to schedule a free consultation with a New York trademark lawyer. We work with individuals and businesses throughout a variety of areas, including New York, Westchester County, Stamford, Connecticut, New Jersey, across the nation, and internationally.