Answer: Some of the benefits of having a trademark that is federally registered include:
- Proof of trademark ownership
- Nationwide notice of the owner’s claim on a trademark
- You can file registration with the U.S. Customs Service to prevent infringing foreign goods from being imported
- U.S. registration may help you obtain registration in other countries.
Answer: Yes, but consider if you do not have experience with preparing these applications, it is important to have a registered patent attorney to help you with the application process. Your intellectual property is a critical asset and it needs the best possible protection. Protecting your intellectual property helps to prevent theft by competitors. It also attracts the investors that might be necessary to commercialize your invention. When it comes to protecting your idea, the best protection is achieved by a practitioner experienced in intellectual property.
Answer: Currently the U.S. has copyright relations with most other countries in the world. Due to these arrangements, some countries honor copyrights of each other's citizens. If you desire foreign protection, one or more of several different international treaties may help to simplify the application process. Before moving forward, it is important to determine the laws of the country of interest and hence it is suggested to research this prior to the publication of the work, especially since the availability of the protection may depend on the facts at the time of the first publication of the work. It is important to check with the U.S. Copyright Office or you may contact us to find out more information about the copyright laws and relations the U.S. has with other countries.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval)
EPAS (Electronic Patent Assignment System)
USPTO Assignments on the Web
Patent Attorney/Agent Search
Eastern District of Texas Local Rules (see Section M for Rules of Practice Regarding Patent Cases)
http://worldwide.espacenet.com/ (this site is for European Patent Office searches and other information.)