Corporate Business Center & Cie offers a trademark application service for our business clients that want to protect their business name.
Different services offered by our company:
You will receive TM, SM, Copyright symbols and protective language for your web site in both text and in html code.
Our service will include full search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademarks Registered, Trademarks Pending, and the PTO’s Internal Trademark Database.
You will receive a « Notice of Infringement » letter (very intimidating) for both trademark and copyright.
Your website will be submitted to the top search engines and directory sites (establishing interstate commerce).
Total : $ 450
International Trademark Name Search
The Internet involves us in a global world. Trademarks are country specific with varying rules and laws applying to different countries. The problem is that the use of the Internet involves protection that is international in scope. If you have a domain name, how do you know if the name does not conflict with a trademark in the United States, or Canada, or in Europe? Unless you have the domain name searched for possible trademark conflicts, you are at risk to lose your domain name and website.
Global Trademark Search
Corporate Business Center & Cie has a world trademark search involving the following countries: ONLY $ 135 per search
the « North American Free Trade Agreement » (NAFTA) guarantees that the rights of an owner of a trademark, in either Canada or the United States, will be preserved and protected in both countries. The Madrid Protocol through The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) gives trademark rights to a large number of industrialized countries. Is your name trademark protected?
Total : $ 135
What is a copyright?
A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of « original works of authorship », including intellectual works and websites. The Copyright Act provides creators of expressive works, such as websites, the exclusive right to control how the work is used. Generally the owner of a copyrighted website has the exclusive right to authorize others to reproduce the work or distribute copies of the work to the public. If people take logos, graphics, or word for word copy your website, they are violating the Copyright Act.
There is no such thing as an « international copyright » that will automatically protect an author’s work throughout the entire world. However, most industrialized countries do offer protection to foreign works under certain international treaties and conventions. The most important of these treaties is the Berne Convention. This treaty includes over 100 countries and states that copyright protection must be afforded to authors who are nationals of any member country.
Why register your Website with the U.S. Copyright Office?
As we pointed out under « Copyright » in our Protection Program, copyrighting your website is very important to keep violators from infringing on your hard work. Copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
Total : $ 565
In the U.S., trademark law is based on the common law concept of « first use ». Using the Protection Program – $ 565 Service, an owner can use a TM or SM to protect the name, logo, slogan, etc. on business goods or services offered across state lines. The owner is entitled to use the federal courts to enforce the rights of exclusive use of the trademark or service mark.
In many cases after being successful with the use of the trademark or service mark in selling products or services, an owner will want to take the next step and register the mark with the US Patent & Trademark Office. Because an infringement lawsuit is the only way, ultimately, to enforce trademark or service mark ownership, registration makes it a lot easier to win a federal lawsuit against later users. Registration establishes a presumption that anyone using the mark later is infringing on the owner’s rights, which makes it easier to collect large damage and attorneys fees. Registration also puts the trademark or service mark into the Federal trademark database, so that it will appear in name searches, notifying people that this mark is taken and cannot be used by later users.
UNIFORM DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has developed new domain name dispute guidelines to protect the rights of trademark owners using the Internet. The applicant for a domain name is required to provide accurate contact information, including name, address, and phone number, to enable a trademark owner to contact this person in the case of a domain name dispute. In addition, the applicant must submit to the jurisdiction of a particular court in a dispute. Basically, if a trademark owner wants a domain name to match the trademark, the non-trademark party can lose the domain name. If a company using a trademark « ABC » wants Internet presence and another company has been using the domain name « ABC.com », the party using « ABC.com » without trademark protection may lose the domain name.
Corporate Business Center & Cie will process and file your application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The name search and processing fee for this service is $ 650, plus the Trademark Office filing fee of $ 325. Please provide us with your trademark name and email address, we will email you with further instruction and request for information that we will need for the filing.
Total : $ 650
The government filing fee will be charged to your credit card by the USPTO
Difference Between a U.S. Trademark and a Community Trademark
It is important to remember that in almost every country (other than the U.S.) trademark ownership is based entirely on who registered the mark first, not on who first used the trademark (as is the case in the U.S.). This means that anyone can get a registration on your trademark in another country without having used it first. This presents a serious problem for trademarks that appear to be headed for international use as in the case of businesses on the Internet that are, if effect, selling to a global market.
Community Trademark Registration
The Community Trademark covers a market of more than 350 million consumers who enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world. It is the ideal instrument to meet the challenges of the Internet. The headquarters for registration of the Community Trademark is located in Alicante, Spain. Because of the complexities of handling a Community Trademark, our legal associate firm (also located in Alicante) will help submit your Community Trademark application. This type of trademark registration should be considered by all serious businesses expanding into the global marketplace.
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has developed new domain name dispute guidelines to protect the rights of trademark owners using the Internet. The applicant for a domain name is required to provide accurate contact information, including name, address, and phone number, to enable a trademark owner to contact this person in the case of a domain name dispute. In addition, the applicant must submit to the jurisdiction of a particular court in a dispute. Basically, if a trademark owner wants a domain name to match the trademark, the non-trademark party can lose the domain name. If a company using a trademark « XYZ » wants an Internet presence and another company has been using the domain name « XYZ.com », the party using « XYZ.com » without trademark protection may lose the domain name.
Community Trademark (CTM) Fees
The Community Trademark (CTM) offers the advantage of uniform protection in all 15 countries of the European Union on the strength of a single registration procedure with the Office for Harmonization (Trademark Office). Trademark Connection, has an associated office located in Alicante, Spain, the headquarters for the European Union Trademark Office. This office has the advantage of being able to physically walk through the trademark applications for approval. Within a period of three months following the publication of a Community Trademark application, third parties may give notice of opposition to registration of the trademark. The opposition procedure between applicant and the opposing parties takes place before an Opposition Division in the Trademark Office of the Office of Harmonization in Alicante, Spain. Trademark Connection’s associate will personally attend all hearings.
Trademark Connection will process, file, monitor, and attend hearings following your application through each step of the process.
The professional fee for this service is $ 1.950 for the application (including up to three classes). There is an additional application fee of $ 1.500 that must be paid to the Office of Harmonization (European Trademark Office) at the time of the application.
Total : $ 3.450
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