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As an attorney who has practiced for more than 17 years, I have had a lot of questions come my way. I’ve worked with businesses, large and small to help resolve issues when they happen — and to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
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Trademarks are a way of registering your slogan, logo, system, process or title with the government to prevent others, including your competitors, from using your ideas. Trademarks can be filed at the state and at the federal level. A state trademark protects you within the borders of your state, while a federal trademark protects you in the entire United States. If you have a multi-state business, you should obtain a federal trademark.
To obtain a trademark, you file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The application requests information about you, your business and the mark itself. You need to have examples of the mark (or slogan), as well as examples of how you use the mark or slogan in your business. Some common examples include: business cards, advertising materials, websites and social media pages.
The application will ask you to assign a class to your mark. The class is the general category of your business – such as food or spiritual growth or clothing.
Once you submit the application and pay the filing fee, the application is reviewed by an attorney who works for the USPTO. If they have any questions or concerns about your mark, they will send a letter requesting additional information. Once any and all concerns are addressed, an official notice of your mark will be filed in the Federal Register. The USPTO will issue your official mark if there are no objections. The entire process can take anywhere from 3 months to more than 2 years – it depends on how busy the USPTO is at the time of filing, the number of amendments that are requested to your application, and a host of other factors.
Trademarks provide a strong legal foundation for your intellectual property rights. Trademarks protect you and your business from others infringing on your ideas. If you haven’t trademarked your business logo or slogan yet, I strongly recommend considering this.
Ready to go? $497 Trademark Special (33% off!)**
In a service based business, you can usually use the same general agreement for all of your clients — even if your tasks change for each client. In that case, you simply use an exhibit “A” to describe the specific services you are planning to provide.
The contract addresses not just the services you will provide and the amount of money (and when) the client will pay it, but also your refund policy (if any), your guaranty (if any), your warranty, where you would want to resolve any disputes (your town or your clients?).
Contracts can define your client’s responsibilities as well. If you build websites, and you have a time schedule to deliver the product, but in the middle there are things your client must approve for you to move forward, then you need to have those dates in the contract as well. Putting the website together is a team effort – you do the technical part, but your client has to make decisions on what they want it to look like and what content should be included.
Coaches of all kinds need to include client responsibility as part of their agreements. After all, you can coach until you are blue in the face, but if a client does not take steps that create actual change, they will likely not see the results they want — and that is not because you didn’t coach them.
If you need a custom basic agreement put together for your business, including specific clauses that address issues you face, contact me for a quote. When you think about the stress not having an agreement can create in your client relationships, and the money you will ultimately retain and save from stopping avoidable client disputes, the investment in your legal support is well worth the cost.
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** This only includes the application itself. It does not include any TTAB work, additional filings or filing fees. Single-Class, Filed pursuant to 1 (a), in use presently A search will be completed prior to filing. If the attorney believes your mark will not be successful, you will be consulted and given the option of utilizing the special for another mark, or having all but a nominal search fee refunded. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.