Some of the most valuable intellectual property assets are trademarks and service marks. These unique marks allow brands to distinguish their goods from those of competitors in various formats, including names, logos, packaging, and slogans.
Intellectual property law is a unique practice area requiring a specific type of lawyer. As a full-service business law firm, our trademark attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you register, license, and enforce your trademark rights.
Trademark law has distinct rules for acquiring and enforcing trademark rights. A Denver trademark attorney with Sequoia Legal knows Colorado and U.S. trademark laws and has experience handling complex issues.
Contact us to get started on your trademark case.
Trademark issues can arise in many ways. You might need a trademark registration, or maybe you received a cease-and-desist letter regarding your logos. We can assist with any trademark issue, including:
The scope of your rights depends on whether you have a Colorado or U.S. trademark registration. The idea is that you have greater rights if you give notice to the public through a state, federal, or international trademark registration.
A Denver trademark lawyer from Sequoia Legal can prepare your application for trademark registration. We will also shepherd your application through the trademark office to secure trademark protection for your mark.
When you have rights for your mark, you can enforce them against competitors to prevent them from using a confusingly similar trademark or service mark.
Our legal services include investigating potentially infringing uses and preparing demand letters to inform users of your rights. We can also cancel competitors' trademark registrations that interfere with using your marks.
In many cases, infringers will back down after receiving a cease-and-desist letter. But occasionally, genuine issues exist about whether:
Whether you are the trademark owner or the accused infringer, we can represent you in litigation and settlement negotiations.
Trademark licensing can arise in many contexts, including:
A trademark license allows you to retain full ownership and control over your marks. These agreements can also help you build your brand by spreading where and how consumers see your marks.
Contact Sequoia Legal to consult a Denver trademark attorney to help you plan for your business's success and address any trademark issues.
Without trademarks, McDonald's is just a hamburger joint, and Nike is just a shoemaker. But trademarks give ordinary businesses a path to supercharge their values.
Trademarks help your business:
With a distinctive trademark or service mark, consumers will associate your products and services with your company and seek them in the marketplace.
Trademarks also provide a basis for an infringement action to stop competitors from creating knock-off labels or similar branding. Companies compete unfairly when they mislead or confuse the market by using marks that deceptively imply association, sponsorship, or affiliation with your brand.
Trademark protection begins by selecting a good trademark or service mark. Keep in mind that more distinctive trademarks (McDonald's Golden Arches) are more protectable than descriptive trademarks (like just the name of your brand).
Once you narrow down some possible trademarks, we can provide legal services that include:
Only by carefully adhering to trademark law do you have the legal basis to protect and enforce your trademark.
Whether you need to protect a trademark for your Denver business or defend against a trademark infringement claim, contact Sequoia Legal for a consultation.
A good trademark attorney knows both the law and business. They should understand how trademarks interact with other fields of the law, including copyrights, patents, trade secrets, antitrust, and unfair competition.
The trademark attorneys at Sequoia Legal have experience working with businesses at all stages of development, from conception to startup to maturity. They understand your trademark needs, the benefits trademarks can bring, and ways to stretch your resources to protect your brand.
Some benefits to hiring Sequoia Legal for your trademark case include:
Most importantly, Sequoia Legal is a full-service business law firm that can provide all your legal services in one office.
Our trademark lawyers know state, federal, and international trademark laws and how to use them to boost your business. We provide advice and representation in all matters ranging from registration to litigation. Our trademark team includes:Meet Your Attorneys
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Trademarks and service marks can increase your business valuation by helping you develop exclusive branding for your name, products, and services. Conversely, one misstep and a trademark dispute can send your business back to square one.
Contact Sequoia Legal to discuss your business and its branding with an experienced trademark attorney.
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Every trademark attorney in Denver, CO, charges different hourly fees. Lawyers will also charge different fees for different legal services. For example, you'll pay different fees for registering trademarks versus litigating infringement claims.
No, patent attorneys specialize in preparing and filing patents. On the other hand, trademark attorneys have knowledge of trademark law, as well as experience helping companies build and protect their brands.
You should file as early as possible. However, there are two kinds of trademark applications: Use applications are filed by a business owner after the business starts using the mark. Intent-to-use applications are filed before use.