We are pleased to provide the following summary of the legal services that we normally render as trade mark attorneys for direct clients or their professional advisers such as solicitors, accountants and designers.
Registered trade marks, used by manufacturers and merchants, and service marks, used by businesses providing a service, have for long been an important business asset because this is where the goodwill is usually built up. Also, registration certificates are something tangible to sell or license. As international trade mark practitioners, we help applicants to obtain protection anywhere in the world.
For UK as well as foreign registrations, our principal has a practising certificate in respect of UK, Community and International applications and we are fortunate to work with competent associate attorneys abroad if foreign national registrations are required. It is well to remember that, in most countries, the first applicant usually enjoys better rights than the first user of the mark.
Apart from dealing knowledgeably with intricate formalities and application procedures, we negotiate confidently to overcome official objections and third-party oppositions to obtain the broadest possible protection. Subsequently, we help to maintain registrations by providing a timely renewal reminder service. We personally monitor the commercial use and changes in ownership of the mark and rarely delegate renewals to computer agencies.
The founder has gained valuable experience since 1952 in representing clients in numerous matters additional to the filing of new trade mark applications. We are often consulted to advise companies on their national and international intellectual property protection policies generally and even to help them set up in-house trade mark departments or liaison personnel. Our TRADE MARK INTELLIGENCE® conducts comprehensive infringement and availability searches and also provides a particularly useful watching service to give timely warnings of conflicting applications or registrations filed by others. Further, we defend trade mark rights against attack by competitors, enforce rights against infringers by negotiation or, when necessary, brief learned counsel prior to litigation.
Our services are additionally commended in matters affecting the common law against passing-off (unfair competition), especially in connection with unregistered trade marks and business names, and we give advice on many aspects of international copyright and especially the protection of industrial designs and unregistered designs.
You are invited to consult us. We do not charge for giving preliminary advice and are always prepared to provide cost estimates for intricate considerations and opinions.