Trademark selection requires careful consideration of potential likelihood of confusion conflicts with other marks that may prevent registration or provoke opposition, cancellation, infringement, or dilution claims by third parties. In addition, trademark management decisions throughout the life cycle of firms must take into account all legal aspects of contemplated transactions in order to prevent loss of rights and to maximize benefits.
Dean IP Law represents clients in federal administrative proceedings before the USPTO including applications, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as in appeals from refusals of registration made by examining attorneys. The firm also prosecutes California state trademark applications at the Secretary of State’s office.
Intellectual Property Transactions
The office also handles drafting of assignment, sale, licensing, and co-existence agreements in addition to counseling on disposal and monetization of intellectual property assets.
Although a thorough search coupled with a detailed analysis of potential risk of liability for trademark infringement reduces the likelihood of being sued for using a mark, third party claims for trademark infringement or dilution can be unpredictable. Counsel at Dean IP Law prepares responses to cease-and-desist letters, provides case evaluations, and represents parties in adversarial proceedings in federal court in the Central District of California.