Named the number one trademark attorney in 2010 for filing the most trademark applications of any attorney during the year, Xavier Morales is a licensed attorney who represents clients across the nation. Morales is admitted to practice law in California, Texas and New York, but he is able to help people with their trademark issues in all states as well as in the District of Columbia. Morales has assisted his clients with filing in excess of 6,000 trademark applications, and he has amassed substantial experience in advocating for his clients in all aspects of trademark law. He regularly appears before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to litigate trademark issues on his clients’ behalf. Morales obtained his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. While he was in law school, he served on the Harvard Latino Law Review as its editor-in-chief.
Washington, D.C. Businesses We’ve Helped
We’ve helped numerous businesses in Washington, D.C. protect their brand names and other marks. Here are a few examples of companies we’ve worked with:
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Common FAQs from Washington, D.C. Business Owners
1. What is a trademark?
When you get a trademark, you are registering a symbol, name, device or word that you use in the trade of goods. This mark designates the source of your products and distinguishes them from the goods that are offered by others. A trademark does not prevent other people or businesses from offering similar goods but can be used to keep others from using the same mark or one that is similar to it. if you use your trademark in interstate commerce, you can obtain nationwide protection of it by registering it with the USPTO.
2. How much does filing a trademark application cost?
The USPTO charges a filing fee of $275 for each category of goods or services for which you are registering a trademark. The attorney fees that are incurred in the preparation of your application are additional. Our services that we offer for registering trademarks do not include the costs of handling substantive challenges to your trademark by the USPTO or third parties. In some cases, the Law Office of Xavier Morales may be able to represent you before the USPTO for affordable flat fees.
3. How long will it take to register a trademark?
If your application is clean and error-free, it is possible for you to obtain your trademark in less than a year. However, the time involved is often extended because of delays and office actions. Once you submit your application, an examining attorney will review your application within approximately four to six months. If the attorney finds that there are no issues, he or she will refer your trademark for publication. Third parties will then have the chance to challenge your trademark. If there are no challenges or objections, the USPTO may issue your trademark in about nine months. The average timeframe is around 13 to 18 months, however.
Working with a Trademark Attorney
The USPTO does not require that anyone hire an attorney to register a trademark. Most businesses choose to work with experienced trademark attorneys in order to make certain that they are successful with their trademark registration applications. If you file a trademark application and are unsuccessful, you will be forced to start over and pay a new filing fee with each subsequent attempt.
An experienced trademark lawyer can research your trademark to make certain that there is not a similar mark that is already registered. He or she may also make certain that your mark complies with the requirements of the USPTO. The trademark application is long and complex, making it easy for you to make mistakes. If there are errors on your application, it will be likelier to be denied. Your trademark lawyer can help you to ensure that your application is error-free. If there are any challenges to your mark, your lawyer can defend your trademark before the USPTO or the TTAB. For help with your trademark issues, contact the Law Office of Xavier Morales to schedule a consultation.