Trademark Lawyer Serving the Houston and Austin Areas 


For over 17 years, Katie Charleston Law, PC has been focused on helping businesses secure their intellectual property. Trademarks are a vital part of that IP portfolio. We understand the process for helping you get the right one, and we know what it takes to defend your rights in a competitive landscape. 

Our trademark lawyer serves the Houston and Austin areas. Call us at (463) 223-4943 or reach out here online to set up a consultation.


Trademarks join copyrights and patents as pillars of intellectual property protection. While often used interchangeably, these are all very different legal mechanisms. Each serves its own function and confers unique rights.

Copyrights shield original works of authorship, such as literary and artistic creations, providing creators with exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and exhibit their works. 

Patents safeguard inventions and novel discoveries, granting inventors the exclusive privilege to manufacture, utilize, and commercialize their innovations for a specified duration. Both copyrights and patents pertain to tangible or intangible products.

Meanwhile, trademarks emerge as valuable assets in the marketing arsenal of a business. Trademarks encompass symbols, names, or phrases that set apart a firm’s offerings from competitors in the marketplace.

A robust trademark not only distinguishes goods and services but also fosters brand recognition and customer loyalty. By securing trademarks, businesses shield their brand elements, including names, logos, and slogans, from unauthorized use, thereby averting consumer confusion and fortifying their presence in the market. 

  • Katie and Hannah are absolutely marvelous to chat with and really know their stuff. If someone is infringing on your trademark rights, this is who you want in your corner. Cheers!
    - Peter Q.

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      Navigating the Trademark Registration Process

      The initial step involves submitting an application through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This application calls for demonstrating the distinctiveness of your trademark concepts. You must further confirm your ownership by showing evidence of commercial use or a clear intent to do so.

      Despite the apparent simplicity of the process, pitfalls can lurk along the way. Common challenges encountered by businesses include: 

      • Not providing evidence of actual commerce usage for intent-to-use applications.
      • Using terms that are too generic or lack the necessary descriptiveness to qualify for trademark protection.
      • Missing deadlines for responding to USPTO office actions, which can result in your application falling into a bureaucratic black hole.

      Neglecting a comprehensive search before filing presents one particularly significant risk. The result can be conflicts with competitors, a slowing of the registration process, or even the decline of the application. 

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      Trademark Defense Strategies

      When faced with a trademark infringement allegation, your business has recourse to different defense strategies. One common approach involves establishing the lack of confusion between the trademarks in question. By emphasizing distinctions in branding elements such as logos, names, or target markets, we may be able to refute claims of infringement and protect your brand from legal challenges.

      In cases where the infringement allegations are substantiated, it’s possible to opt for settlement negotiations. These discussions aim to find mutually agreeable terms without resorting to lengthy litigation. Settlement agreements may include licensing arrangements, usage restrictions, or modifications to branding. Engaging in open communication and negotiation often leads to practical solutions that balance the interests of both parties involved in the trademark dispute.

      The specific defense strategies employed will vary depending on the unique circumstances of each case. Seeking the guidance of our attorney can provide you with a strong presence in negotiations and, if required, in a court of law. 

      Serving Businesses Throughout the Houston and Austin Areas

      The state of Texas has a thriving business community, and our trademark lawyer is here to help you secure and maintain your place in it. 

      Call (463) 223-4943 today.

      Why Choose Katie Charleston Law, PC?

      Helping Businesses Like Yours
      • We Research Thoroughly

        Detail-oriented, we leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of favorable outcomes for our clients--and often find information  you didn't know you needed.

      • Simplifying the Process

        We explain legal concepts in plain language, guide our clients through each step of the process, and handle the details so you can focus on what matters most to you.

      • Comprehensive Approach

        With holistic service from beginning to end, we stick with our clients through the lifetime of your assets, including litigation if necessary.

      • Responsive & Reachable

        We prioritize timely communcation; our team is responsive and accessible, and you'll never be left wondering where your case stands.

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