A client’s name, logo or slogan can be keys to success.   But if not vigilant, clients can lose time, effort, and money they invested in developing their brands.   Despite all efforts, a competitor can infringe on or tarnish a client’s good name, whether before the business has gotten off the ground or after building a substantial reputation. Or, a client might use a mark similar to another company’s, and be sued for the profits allegedly earned from using the trademark — plus the plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees.

Kaufman & Kahn counsels and protects against those scenarios

To avoid treading on someone else’s rights, or inadvertently promoting a competitor’s brand, we order trademark searches, analyze and research the search results, and give reports before filing a trademark application.  We file for registration, both in the United States and virtually anywhere else in the world through our network of international attorneys. 

If a trademark application is rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, we prosecute the application, filing thorough and effective responses.  If a third party objects to an application or registration (or if the client wants to object to someone else’s trademark registration), Kaufman & Kahn defends or starts a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) opposition or cancellation proceeding.  When necessary, we litigate trademark and domain namedisputes in U.S. federal courts, or coordinate with foreign counsel in other countries.

We also maintain trademark portfolios, reminding the client of deadlines and timely renewing each mark in the 5th and 10th anniversaries of registration.

Some of the hundreds of applications K&K has filed or enforced are for trademarks in the following industries:

  • Clothing and Apparel
  • Computer Games and Programs
  • Cosmetics & Fragrances
  • Educational Services
  • Electronics
  • Fashion
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Graphic Design
  • Handbags & Accessories
  • Internet Development
  • Jewelry
  • Music Services
  • Pet Goods
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing
  • Restaurant Franchises
  • Rugs & Carpets
  • Software Development
  • Sports & Entertainment

The variety of industries and clients has made one thing clear:  each brand is unique and merits attention.