What is a trademark watch service?
A trademark watch service is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to protect your intellectual property. Our trademark watch helps you determine if anyone else is registering a similar name, logo, or design by 'watching' new applications filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ( USPTO ). Staying informed about these registrations allows you to quickly react and respond to any new registrations that conflict with your protected mark. This can potentially save you thousands in legal fees down the road, and help you save time while protecting your valuable intellectual property.
What should I do if someone is using my trademark?
There are a few options you have once you have found that another company is attempting to register or use your existing mark that are only possible with a trademark watch service. With these options, you can potentially save money by preventing an application from progressing.
- Contact the individual or company attempting to use the mark. It may be that the owner is unaware of the infringement. Simply by contacting them and making them aware of the conflict, they may withdraw their application.
- You can send a Letter of Protest to the USPTO. This will notify the examiner of the potential infringement and ask them to reject the application in question.
- File a formal Notice of Opposition. This is like a lawsuit, and prevents the impending registration from proceeding
You may also want to consult an attorney who will be able to advise you about the steps necessary to protect your mark.