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$399

$699

$999

+ $350 Govt Fee

+ $350 Govt Fee

+ $350 Govt Fee

Free consultation, where we discuss your trademark questions.

Attorney professionally drafts your trademark application for registration.

Attorney responds to all Minor Office Actions* raised by the USPTO, and provides responses to overturn them.​

Trademark application is carefully observed until registered, and I follow up with you.

Comprehensive trademark conflict search. Second search available for free if mark is taken.

Legal analysis and opinion letter about your trademark's likelihood of success and potential challenges.

Professional attorney responses to defeat all Major Office Actions**. Separately, $649.

One-year, trademark monitoring with quarterly reports after registration. Separately, $199.

Trademark Registration Pricing

* “Minor Office Actions” are slight technicalities within your application that must be addressed with a non-substantive response.

** “Major Office Actions” are potentially serious defects with your mark which require a substantive, or legal, response.

$399

$699

$999

+ $350 Govt Fee

+ $350 Govt Fee

+ $350 Govt Fee

One-hour consultation, where we discuss your trademark questions, and I explain the process.

As your Attorney of Record, I professionally draft your trademark application for registration.

Attorney responds to all Minor Office Actions* raised by the USPTO, and provides responses to overturn them.

Trademark application is carefully observed until registered, and I follow up with you.

Comprehensive trademark conflict search. Second search available for free if mark is taken.

Legal analysis and opinion letter about your trademark's likelihood of success and potential challenges.

Professional attorney responses to defeat all Major Office Actions**. Separately, $649.

One-year, trademark monitoring with quarterly reports after registration. Separately, $199.

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If you want to protect your brand, you should file a trademark. In order to protect your intellectual property (“IP”), you must file a trademark at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). A flat fee trademark attorney can assist you. In fact, the USPTO encourages entrepreneurs to hire a private trademark attorney.

File a trademark with only one low fee. An experienced trademark attorney will file a trademark for you and handle the whole process.

Experienced Attorney Handles The Entire Process For You

When I started Syed Law, there were generally three options:

  • Filing a trademark alone.
  • Using a cheap trademark filing company.
  • Hiring an expensive law firm that bills by the hour.

However, attempting to file a trademark alone almost always leads to issues. Here are some examples you can expect to encounter if you decide to file a trademark yourself:

  • “use in commerce”
  • “Acquired Distinctiveness”
  • “intent to use”
  • “specimens”
  • “Likelihood of Confusion”

If you do not know what this means, do not worry. Here, my purpose is to show that trademark filing is “the practice of law.” Of course, most entrepreneurs are not familiar with law practice, let alone trademark registration. They risk wasting precious time and money.

Feeling overwhelmed, some individuals turn to trademark filing companies to file a trademark. However, filing companies are not good alternatives to flat fee trademark attorney services. Below, I explain why.

High-Quality Services for Trademark Filing

Hiring a trademark filing company might be even worse than attempting to file a trademark yourself. Here is why a flat fee trademark attorney is a better option than a trademark filing company:

  • These companies do not answer to a higher authority (example: a state licensing agency).
  • They hire paralegals and non-lawyers to fill out applications.
  • In some circumstances, these companies are engaging in the unauthorized law practice from outside of the United States.

However, trademark filing companies do not answer to a higher authority. Without answering to a higher authority, can a company appropriately represent you? On the other hand, a flat fee trademark attorney must diligently and competently represent every trademark client.

Additionally, a troubling number of trademark filing companies are fraudulently filing trademarks on behalf of U.S. individuals. As a result, thousands of U.S. businesses have lost (or will lose) their trademark. These services are indistinguishable from well-known trademark filing companies, and appear prominently on Google searches.

100% Transparent Pricing

As stated above, the USPTO encourages entrepreneurs to hire a private trademark attorney.

Traditional law firms offer expensive hourly rate. This leaves entrepreneurs with “sticker shock” from legal bills. In addition, while you can expect quality services from traditional law firms, you probably will have a hard time communicating with most attorneys.

I take a different approach. My firm distinguishes itself because I inform my clients about how to protect their IP and their legal options with a free consultation.

By providing flat fee trademark attorney services, I abide by three core firm values—assurance, quality, and value. Our flat fee trademark filing service is backed by years of legal experience. We commit to the highest quality legal services, and affordable fees.

In short, I encourage you to contact me regarding my flat fee trademark attorney services. Below, I discuss my Easy-3 Step Process.

How Do You File a Trademark?

If you want to protect your brand, you should file a trademark. I explain the process below.

1. Select A Name

For word marks, names that are memorable, creative, and unique are the strongest. The stronger the trademark, the more likely that the USPTO will grant registration on the Principal Register. Trademark names vary in strength. The list below shows the different trademark types by strength (strongest to weakest):

  • Fanciful – a unique, made-up word (e.g., ROLEX or CLOROX).
  • Arbitrary – no connection between a word and the products (e.g., APPLE or BANANA REPUBLIC).
  • Suggestive – allows a consumer to create a logical connection between a word’s meaning or connotation with the final product or service (e.g., GREYHOUND or SPIRIT).
  • Merely Descriptive – ineligible for registration on the Principal Register, but may receive protection on the Supplemental Register. Directly describes the product/service offered (e.g., SMITH FURNITURE).
  • Generic – ineligible for registration (e.g., TEA LOUNGE)

For logos, you should hire a graphic designer or create a logo using software.

Go to the Trademark Electronic Search System or TESS and conduct a search for the trademark. A direct hit search is not enough, search for alternative misspellings (e.g., “GREY” vs. “GRAY”) or intentional misspellings. In addition, a trademark search should include the appropriate International Class of Goods and/or Services.

For instance, there are DELTA trademarks in Class 39 for “airline services” and Class 11 for “faucets.” In the above example, there is no conflict because the Class 39 and Class 11 do not overlap as “Coordinated Classes.” Coordinated Classes are classes which are similar. However, please remember that the test for conflicts is not an exact match; the test is whether the two marks are “similar” such that they would cause “likelihood of confusion.”

TESS is a great tool in the right hands. However, it is wise for those without enough experience in trademark searches to hire a qualified trademark attorney.

3. File a Trademark

The trademark application appears deceptively simple. However, within the application are legal standards such as “use in commerce,” “intent to use,” “specimens” and other jargon. A mistake in trademark filing may lead to a costly and time-consuming amendment. The USPTO will ask whether you are currently selling goods and/or services. If you are currently selling goods, and can prove it, select “use in commerce.” If you are not currently sellinggoods and/or services, select “intent to use.”

Non-U.S. Residents Must Hire a U.S. Attorney

While a U.S. licensed trademark attorney is not necessary for U.S. residents, the USPTO recommends hiring a private trademark attorney. This is due in large part to common misunderstandings about trademark law practice. Please note that trademark filing companies (i.e., LegalZoom, and the now defunct Trademark Terminal) are not private attorneys.

Benefits of Hiring a Trademark Attorney to File a Trademark

  • You are less likely to receive a Office Action rejection
  • The attorney has experience filing many trademark applications before
  • Your costs are less long term due to fewer errors
  • The attorney can advise you on trademark strategy

For non-U.S. residents or companies, the USPTO requires U.S. Counsel.

4. Observe Your Application’s Progress

Once trademark filing for your NFT is complete, the application will go through a rigorous process before an Examining Attorney at the USPTO. The Examining Attorney will

  • Search the database for similar NFT trademarks
  • See if there are any procedural or substantive issues with your mark
  • Request an appropriate specimen if the applicant did not provide one

This process to get before an Examining Attorney takes around 6 to 8 months. It now takes 12 to 18 months at the USPTO until full registration. Throughout this process, the Examining Attorney may communicate with you via email. Examining Attorneys only communicate by phone or email, not by mail.

5. Registration and Post-Registration Monitoring

You may place the “®” symbol next to a trademark NFT only after receipt of a “Registration Certificate.” Your work, however, is not over. Trademark registration is pointless if it lacks monitoring. Monitoring is the process through which an individual or attorney searches for similar marks on the web or at the USPTO. The monitoring process enhances your exclusive right to display and use your trademark. In addition, you will need to file a declaration during your 5th and 6th year anniversary, and a declaration plus renewal at the 9th and 10th year anniversary.

Conclusion – File a Trademark

In summary, if you want to trademark your brand name, logo, or slogan, you should contact Syed Law. I created an easy-to-use form to get your trademark started. I look forward to working with you.

Easy 3-Step Process to

File a Trademark

Select your trademark package, and fill out the short questionnaire.

A complimentary consultation to discuss your trademark concerns.

Your attorney files your trademark and monitors its progress.

Our Services Versus the Competition

Professional, high-quality trademark legal services?

Affordable, flat fee trademark service?

Fast, responsive communication?

Why Choose Syed Law to File A Trademark?

Syed Law was founded by Ahad Syed, a trademark registration attorney. Most trademark registration attorneys are not transparent about pricing. On the other hand, trademark filing companies over-promise and under-deliver, causing their customers additional out-of-pocket fees. Neither is ideal for trademark applicants.

This is where Syed Law fits in. We fill the market gap between the attorneys that overcharge, and the trademark filing companies that under-deliver.

Ahad Syed, a trademark registration attorney

Our Competitive Advantage

Pay Only One Low Fee To File a Trademark

You know your costs upfront and what benefits you can expect. All potential costs and fees are disclosed to you. We will never “upsell” products because we are professionals and hold ourselves to higher standards.

Responsive Client Experience

Beginning with the very first telephone consultation you will receive a responsive client experience. I answer all emails and phone calls within 2 to 4 hours. 

Complimentary Trademark Consultation

It is my duty to inform you about trademark law and to educate you about the appropriate option specific to your needs. No one is born a trademark attorney, and part of my job involves explaining the details of trademark law in an approachable manner. To that end, our first consultation is free.

Comprehensive Search and Odds of Success

As part of either the Standard or Premium trademark packages a comprehensive search is performed. Our firm uses the same search techniques with the USPTO TESS database used by USPTO Examining Attorneys. By mirroring the search conducted by Examining Attorneys, this allows us to provide our clients with assurance.

Application Completed by Licensed Trademark Attorney

Whether you select my law firm or another law firm, this one speaks for itself. When you hire a U.S.-licensed trademark attorney, you are hiring someone with intimate knowledge about trademark law. Your attorney must guide you, the Client, through the process and shine light on concepts that are confusing.

A Personal Touch to Filing a Trademark

If you hire my law firm, our legal knowledge about how the trademark application process. I have filed over 100 trademark applications for clients in over 35 states and several countries at the USPTO. Next year, I expect to triple the total number of filings. However, I always make sure to make time to listen intently to my clients.

Not a Copy-and-Paste Trademark Mill

Trademark applications are riddled with legal issues that can result in significant errors if left to less capable operators. Today, there are numerous filing companies offering trademark services for a couple hundred dollars or less. What they lack in legal knowledge they make up with software that copies and the pastes your answers into a form. Of course, their business model requires mass filing.

Unfortunately, this process usually involves making the client pay more (through up-selling products), errors, and time delays. Worse still, it may not be possible to speak to the attorneys on staff at these filing companies (assuming they have attorneys).

I have a different philosophy: Each application is unique because each client is unique. I handle all matters personally and you can talk directly with me; if you have a question you can pick up the phone (or computer) and contact me. Because my firm does not have associates, I handle the process personally from our first consultation to trademark filing and registration. This means that I personally evaluate your trademark and brand protection concerns when drafting the application.

Correspondence with the USPTO Examining Attorney

Because each trademark package has a Minor Office Actions (i.e., correspondence), after filing, I can speak to your Examining Attorney on your behalf. Applicants find that this often provides an edge on a contentious matter if an Examining Attorney raises objections with an application. This is particularly useful if there is a specimen, misclassification, mere descriptiveness or Likelihood of Confusion refusal.

Serving All 50 States

Attorney Qualifications:

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). Authorized to file trademarks only on behalf of any individual, in any state at the USPTO.

Trademark Registration Attorney.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Trademark Registration Attorney.

State of Illinois

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State of California

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FAQs about Filing a Trademark

Absolutely. I’m the Managing Attorney at Syed Law P.C. near Chicago, Illinois, USA. I have the notable distinction of being licensed in not one, but two states—California and Illinois. Click HERE for my California license information. Click HERE and type in my name for my Illinois license.

I can file your trademark within one week. However, this will depend upon the number of names or logos you want to trademark. For example, it may take longer to conduct a search for a several logos versus one or two brand names. If you need expedited service, I can file it in three days for an additional $149.

Yes. If I do not pick up the phone right away, it usually means I am on the other line (my office gets on average two dozen calls per day, and several dozen emails all close in time). My policy is to return any missed calls as soon as possible, and I have a strong track record of getting back to prospective clients within 24 hours. However, the fastest way to get my attention is via email, and I request that you can contact me at asyed@syedlawoffices.com.

The USPTO Examining Attorney will review your application after three months.

Due to COVID-19, it takes on average nine to ten months to register a trademark due to the backlog at the USPTO.

Unlike a trademark filing company, you can communicate with me directly, a licensed attorney, about your trademark questions. With trademark filing companies you probably will not be able to reached the attorney on your file—and several of these companies have no attorneys on staff. While it is true that you might save a little money by going with a trademark filing company, it is also true that the risk of trademark Office Action rejection is higher. There is no guarantee an attorney at a trademark filing company will actually review your entire application.

I offer unparalleled custom trademark services, legal trademark experience, and reasonable fees that you cannot find elsewhere. Syed Law fills the market niche between the cheap trademark filing companies that over promise and underdeliver, and the fancy office lawyers who overbill their clients. Second, only I will handle your trademark application. I do not delegate your file to anyone—in other words, no associate attorney and no paralegal works on your file. Third, I review your file in my capacity as an attorney, not a scrivener who simply types in words. If you hire me, you will get legal experience from someone knows the pitfalls, and understands what USPTO Examining Attorneys are looking for on your application. Finally, my fees are affordable and reasonable compared to most trademark attorneys.

I started my law firm because I envisioned a business model that does not revolve around the billable hour. Earlier in the career as an associate attorney, I witnessed first-hand how senior attorneys handed a list of bills to their clients without batting an eye. Syed Law is different; I am upfront about costs so you know exactly how much you will pay down to the penny. There is a simple reason why my fees are lower—I am time-efficient and use less overhead, so you are not stuck paying for an attorney’s fancy office rent.

You can check TEAS for all my filings to determine my experience, simply type “Ahad[AT] and Syed[AT]” in the Free Form Search Field. Second, trust is the hallmark of any professional relationship, including an attorney-client relationship. As an attorney-client relationship is guarded by a “privilege” which limits what I can say to other people about you. I assert the attorney-client privilege to guard our communications as confidential—similar to how your doctor’s visits are strictly confidential.

Yes. Most of my clients are eCommerce retailers who sell online and use services like Amazon Brand Registry or Shopify.

Yes. As soon as I file your trademark application, you will immediately receive a Serial Number that you may submit to Amazon Brand Registry.

Between the 5th and 6th registration anniversary. If you fail to file your renewal, it will be cancelled. After you file your first renewal, you will need to file a second renewal between the 9th and 10th registration anniversary. Once that is complete, you will only need to renew once a decade (between the 19th and 20th anniversary, between the 29th and 30th anniversary).

Yes. If you are non-resident or live outside the United States, the USPTO requires that you hire a US attorney to file your trademark application.

Yes. In fact, nearly 30% of my clients live outside the United States. I am thrilled to serve clients outside the United States, and file their trademark with the USPTO as their US attorney of record. As mentioned in this FAQ, individuals or companies not located in the United States must hire a U.S.-licensed attorney.

If you start using a brand name or logo in commerce, you can use the TM symbol next to your brand name or logo at any time. The “TM” means it is a “common law trademark,” which arises out of any use, but it gives you little real value. You can only use the “R” with a circle (®) around your mark only after you have successfully registered your trademark. Registering a trademark with the USTPO gives your mark priority over other trademark filings. Registration also provides you with the ability to seriously threaten and bring suit for enhanced damages under trademark infringement law.

Yes. In fact, you should use the name or logo you want to trademark before you file so that you have fulfilled the “use in commerce” requirement and save $100 filing fee per class of goods or services within six months of your Notice of Allowance. However, I strongly encourage you to have me search the name you want is not being used by someone else.

You certainly can. I will have to file something called an “Intent to Use” application for a separate $100 filing fee. This application states that you have a bona fide intent to use the trademark within six months. There is an advantage for filing an intent to use application if you are concerned about a competitor taking your name or logo.

Yes. You may file in a different class if your name is taken. For example, let’s say you want to trademark “Blue Wand” for a computer program, but you find out someone has registered a trademark for “Blue Wand” for apparel and tee shirts. In that case, you can still file an application for “Blue Wand” because you are in an entirely different class.

Generic names like “The Donut Shop” or descriptive names like “The Auto Store” are not registrable. The general rule is that trademark registration protection is given to creative, unique, and interesting names that do not directly describe the product’s quality, function, or purpose. For example, think about Rolex (fanciful), Apple (arbitrary), and Jaguar (suggestive); these names pass the trademark distinctiveness test.

Either one is fine. As a practical matter, it is better to file as a business because you save money because you will not need to transfer the trademark. It is also better from a privacy standpoint; if you file personally, your personal information, particularly your address will be made public. If you need help incorporating your corporation or LLC in the United States, I can assist.

Satisfied Trademark Clients

Satisfied trademark clients and businesses in more than 35 U.S. States.

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International trademark clients, spanning 5 continents.

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