Trademark Infringement

Trademark Infringement Attorneys

Providing Legal Representation to Help Clients Protect Their Intellectual Property

Getting to the point in your business when you have created the perfect logo, slogan, look, and feel of your unique brand and discover that your idea is threatened by a competitor who is purposefully using your brand identity and intellectual property assets for their own benefit, it may be hard to know what steps to take to protect yourself. Fortunately, trademark owners have several options to protect their rights and their business. The attorneys at Katie Charleston Law, PC, explain what a trademark infringement is and the crucial role an attorney can play in helping you protect your intellectual property.

What Is Considered a Trademark Infringement?

Trademark infringement is when a competitor uses the trademarked assets of a business without authorization. A trademark is a sign, design, or expression that identifies and distinguishes a product or service from other products or services. Think of the “M” and the unmistakable yellow signs you may look for when you want some fast food or the athletic goods brand that became famous for its slogan, “Just Do It.” These are examples of trademarks that cannot be used by anyone else without authorization.

If a competitor uses a trademark that is the same or too similar to a trademark owned by another company, it can lead to confusion in the marketplace. This confusion can result in customers being misled, resulting in a financial loss for the trademark owner. This is what happened in a recent lawsuit initiated by the 3M Company against a Chinese company after they branded their products as “3N” and used similar logos and colors as 3M, leading consumers to believe that they were purchasing the original 3M products. In this case, the court agreed with 3M.

This is a good example to illustrate one of the many ways trademark infringement can occur, such as using a similar name, logo, color scheme, or slogan. When a company or individual uses another party’s trademark without permission, it can lead to legal action if the original trademark owners have the grounds to initiate a trademark infringement lawsuit against the infringing party.

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Our highest priority is providing top-notch representation for our clients, and it shows in our reviews. Read through some below, or call us at (463) 223-4943 today to get started.

    "A Great Communicator"
    Katie was very professional throughout this process and was very responsive throughout all of our correspondence. She always answered all of our questions and is a great communicator!!!!!
    - Tyeisha B.
    "They Really Know Their Stuff"
    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.
    "It Meant So Much to Me"
    I started a new media platform and it did not goes as planned. They definitely kept checking up on me to ensure they were there when I was ready. 100% customer service. Her follow-up meant a lot to me.
    - Tara S.
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    Katie was so helpful when it came to our family trust. She spent a lot of time with us and never hurried the process. We could not be happier with the service from her and her staff.
    - Steve M.
    "Professional and Timely"
    Katie prepared an update to an existing trust, plus provided additional documents, such as a financial power of attorney that the previous lawyer had not done. She did a very professional job, and a timely one.
    - Barbara C.
    "Personable & Extremely Thorough"
    When we created our business, Katie was able to work with our crazy schedules with zoom calls and in-person meetings. She is personable, articulate, and extremely thorough and I trust her.
    - Goldwood Studios
    "She Gave Me Peace of Mind"
    I wanted to have peace of mind when hiring someone I had never worked with before, and Katie provided that. She was professional, thorough, meticulous, and made sure I had all of my risks covered in the agreement.
    - Tim S.
    "I Feel Confident in Her"
    Katie Charleston was very helpful with all of my business contracts. She would update me on any changes, she is very professional and stays on top of everything. Her clients come first.
    - Ellen M.

What Kind of Remedies Are Available in a Trademark Infringement Case?

If it is determined that another company has infringed upon your trademarked assets and any attempts to get the infringing party to stop using your trademark without consent have been unsuccessful, your next step may be to pursue a lawsuit in civil court. In order to do that, it is highly recommended that you retain the services of a skilled trademark infringement lawyer to prepare your case for trial. The step of hiring an attorney is crucial for your case – this is because a trademark lawsuit is handled in a civil court, meaning it is up to the plaintiff to prove that the infringement occurred and that the plaintiff sustained financial damages as a result of the infringement.

The primary goal of most trademark infringement lawsuits is to get the infringing party to stop using your trademark for their own benefit. In legal terms, this is referred to as injunctive relief, and it basically means that the court can order the defendant to stop all infringing actions. In some cases, the court may also order that the items produced by the infringing party and that have the misused trademark be seized and destroyed. Forfeiture and destruction are more common in cases involving counterfeit goods and may result in the destruction or seizure of the counterfeit merchandise and the means used to produce them.

In other cases, the court may award the plaintiff monetary damages, which can vary depending on whether the defendant willingly infringed upon the plaintiff’s trademark and on how much economic harm the plaintiff sustained as a result of the infringement. Common examples of monetary damages a court may issue include reasonable royalties, actual damages, statutory damages, defendant’s profits, and treble damages.

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