Costa Mesa Trademark Lawyer
If you are located in Costa Mesa and have a trademark issue, we can assist you. In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, where businesses around the world compete for the same customers, you need to do everything you can to protect your trademark and your brand. A trademark is a word, color, design, logo, jingle, or symbol that allows consumers to identify the source of a product or service. Common examples of trademarks that most of us see on a regular basis include Apple, McDonald’s, Nike, Starbucks, NBC, Honda, Visa, and Google.
Trademark holders have exclusive rights to use their trademarks and may bring legal action against anyone who uses their trademarks or a confusingly similar trademark.
At Mandour & Associates, our skilled trademark lawyers provide legal counsel and representation regarding trademarks and other areas of intellectual property. We can properly register the trademarks for entrepreneurs and established businesses, enforce trademark rights, and defend against unfounded allegations of trademark infringement.
Trademark Registration Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an important step in protecting your intellectual property rights. While it true that simply using a name or design to identify your company establishes certain common law trademark rights, these rights are extremely limited compared with those you obtain through federal trademark registration. The reasons for anyone engaged in business to register a trademark with the USPTO include:
- Trademark registration allows you to use the registered ® This puts others on notice that your trademark is registered with the federal government, and that alone may deter others from misappropriating your trademark or using one that may confuse consumers.
- Registering a trademark with the USPTO can serve as a basis and give you priority for registering a trademark with foreign governments, which can become very important as your business expands.
- Trademark registration will result in a legal presumption of the validity of your trademark should litigation arise in the future.
- Trademark registration makes available certain legal remedies that unregistered trademark holders lack.
Our trademark lawyers work closely with our clients at every step of the trademark registration process. We will conduct a thorough trademark search, advise you as to the strength of your proposed trademark, and assist in filing the application with the USPTO. Moreover, if any issues arise while your registration is processed, we will communicate with the examining attorney on your behalf. When you work with Mandour & Associates during the trademark registration process, you can rest assured that we will work hard to get your trademark registered as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Advising and Representing Parties Involved in Trademark Disputes
Disagreements regarding the use of logos, designs, business names, and other identifying trademarks are inevitable in the course of business. This is particularly true if you operate in a competitive market that serves the general public. Fortunately, in many cases, you can resolve disputes about trademark law without resorting to litigation—which tends to save everyone involved significant time and money.
The lawyers of Mandour & Associates are equally comfortable working with parties that allege trademark infringement as they are with those accused of misappropriating another party’s trademark. We work hard to find solutions to disputes that resolve these matters efficiently and with minimal cost and disruption.
Costa Mesa Trademark Infringement and Litigation Attorneys
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, trademark disputes end up in court—or perhaps you are already involved in trademark litigation and need the assistance of legal counsel. The trademark lawyers at Mandour & Associates are experienced litigators who provide aggressive representation to parties in trademark litigation and understand the high stakes involved. The outcome of trademark litigation can have a significant impact on everyone concerned. Potential outcomes of a successful trademark infringement action include:
- Monetary damages to the plaintiff
- An order instructing the defendant to destroy or forfeit any infringing items
- An order instructing the defendant to stop using the infringing mark
- Attorney fees and costs awarded to the plaintiff
Trademark litigation generally addresses whether a trademark is similar enough to another as to potentially confuse consumers—or, even if the trademarks are sufficiently different, whether the products or services being sold are sufficiently related as to cause confusion about the source of the products or services. Because these often-subjective issues are open to significant interpretation, anyone who is party to trademark litigation should consult a trademark attorney as soon as possible.
Contact Mandour & Associates to Speak with a Costa Mesa Trademark Attorney
The experienced intellectual property lawyers at Mandour & Associates are dedicated to providing effective and solution-oriented legal counsel and representation to individuals and businesses of all sizes. We practice in all areas of intellectual property, including trademark law, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, and more. If you are in Costa Mesa and would like to schedule a consultation with one of our trademark lawyers, please contact us now through our online contact form.