Xavier Morales completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University and his legal education at Harvard Law School. He is a licensed trademark attorney who is admitted to practice law in California, New York and Texas. He is also able to assist his clients nationwide with their trademark issues. During his years of practice, Morales has assisted thousands of his clients with securing their trademark registrations. The Trademark Insider named him as the number one trademark lawyer in 2010 because he filed more applications that year than any other attorney in the U.S. To date, Morales has filed more than 6,000 trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He regularly appears before the USPTO to prosecute trademarks, and he also advocates for his clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Morales is able to help his clients with all of their trademark needs, including evaluation, research, applications, defense and prosecution.

San Francisco Businesses We’ve Helped

We’ve helped numerous businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area protect their brand names and other marks. Here are a few examples of companies we’ve worked with:

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T is a Jungian Analyst, licensed psychotherapist, member of the Academy of Registered Dance/Movement Therapists (BC-DMT), and a Registered Somatic/Movement Educator in private practice in San Francisco. Dr. Stromsted was the co-founder and a core faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley (1993-2004). With over three decades of clinical experience in hospitals, community mental health clinics, and private practice, she leads workshops in the U.S. and internationally.

The2Bandits

The2Bandits is a modern Southwestern heritage brand founded in 2008 by designer Tamar Wider. Rooted with a Texas charm, The2Bandits jewelry showcases earthy stones and plays with shapes that fit together in cohesive stacks. The 2B team is based in the heart of the Mission in San Francisco, CA.

Swizzille Trip

Welcome to Swizzille Trip, a three piece psychedelic rock band from Detroit featuring Michael Kalb on guitar and vocals, Dave Miller II on drums, and Victor Kalb on bass. Taking a stripped back approach ST takes their listener on a sometimes dreamy sometimes intense and unhinged wobbly ride. With musical explorations ranging from folk to funk rock to garage these free form rockers will have the sharpest of critics grooving to their music.

Filmpower Inc.

Filmpower Inc. begin to design filmaking equipments from 2010. Nebula series gyroscope stabilizer begin to ship from Aug 2013. The Nebula 5000 is the first full metal gyroscope stabilizer in the world. In NAB Show 2014, Nebula 6000 8Kg/18Lb is the biggest in the market. Next Nebula 5200 is fit for most popular cameras with great price. Nebula 4000 is the only single hand type for A7s GH4 BMPCC etc. Nebula ARM is best fit for many hand held gyroscope stabilizer for long time shot. All Nebula products with U.S. patents pending. More and more inventions will make Nebula powerful. Base on San Francisco, the hottest tech zone of U.S.A. Filmpower Inc. is growing fast and making hottest filmaking equipment.

Common FAQs from San Francisco Businesses

1. What is a trademark, and what does it protect?

A trademark is a device, name, symbol or word that is used by businesses to identify the source of their goods and to distinguish them from others. Service marks function in the same way except that they are used to distinguish services and to identify their source. Trademarks and service marks prevent other businesses and individuals from using similar marks, but they do not keep others from selling similar products or offering similar services. If you register a trademark federally with the USPTO, it can provide you with nationwide trademark rights.

2. How do you renew a trademark?

Your initial trademark registration will last for six years from the date that you secure it. After five years have passed, you must submit a section 8 form to the USPTO if you want to maintain your trademark. This form lets the USPTO know that your trademark is still in use. You will then need to file a section 8 and 9 form after your nine-year anniversary and before 10 years have passed. Subsequently, new section 8 and 9 forms will be required every 10 years. The Law Office of Xavier Morales is able to help you to file your forms to renew your trademark when they are required.

3. How long do trademarks last?

Your trademark registration can last indefinitely as long as you continue to use it to distinguish your goods and services and that you file all of the required paperwork at the right times.

Working with a Trademark Attorney

Individuals and businesses are allowed to apply for trademarks on their own, but hiring a trademark attorney may increase the chances that your application will be successful. People who hire trademark attorneys are 50 times more likely to successfully secure trademark registrations than are people who apply on their own.

You will not be able to register your trademark if it doesn’t comply with the trademark laws or is too similar to another trademark that has already been registered. An experienced trademark attorney can research and evaluate your trademark to make certain that it is unique and that it complies with the law. Your lawyer can then help you to complete and submit your application. The application is very complicated, and if you make mistakes on it, your application will be denied. The USPTO does not send refunds when applications are denied. With your attorney’s help, you are less likely to make mistakes on the application.

It is fairly common for businesses to object to trademarks for reasons that might seem to be outlandish. An experienced trademark attorney is able to defend trademarks against objections and help clients when they are sent office actions. After you have secured your registration, your attorney may help you to protect your rights by going after businesses or individuals who have violated your trademark rights. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Xavier Morales today.

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