Trademark Portfolio Management Audit, Maintain and Protect Rights
Your trademark is not a static right. Registered trademarks need regular audit reviews and maintenance if they are to remain valid and enforceable. WIPC handles all aspects of trademark protection, from acquisition and maintenance to enforcement of rights. With our established network of overseas trademark attorneys, we provide services on a global scale and make sure correct ownership, registrations, renewals, recording assignments, watching and that enforcement action are carried out promptly and efficiently, and we also take care that the trademark related rights do not lapse as a result of non-use.
What Issues Need to Be Considered In Choosing And Managing a Company’s Trademarks?
All trademarks should be registered and owned centrally by one company (holding company if possible). If companies are acquired which already have registered trademarks, ownership should be transferred to the parent in the long term. All changes in company names, address etc of the owning company must be forwarded to the local trademark register.
In most jurisdictions, renewal fees (or annuities) must be paid in order to maintain a registered trademark right and keep it in force. Although the exact formalities and timeframes can vary country by country, the renewal is generally payable every 10 years. Renewals are not automatic and if a trademark lapses someone else can obtain the trademark. WIPC helps check the critical dates and send reminders for all pending renewals.
Safeguard a registered trademark with a trademark watching solution. It is important that trademark owners actively monitor their brand mark in order to stop others from using a similar one in commerce. Otherwise, the mark will become diluted and weakened. WIPC provides an innovative Trademark Watch service to alert you if anyone is using a similar mark. WIPC watching service reviews the new trademark filings each month to insure that no pending marks infringe on your mark. Our search includes close matches, phonetic matches, translations, transliterations, and anagrams covering new applications each month against your mark, in all class codes. A summary report is sent to you every month via e-mail.
Worldwide Experts, World-class Service
We proudly operate in 120 countries in the world. Our worldwide capabilities make it possible for us to provide professional service to more markets, and help you manage trademarks internationally. What's more, we have highly experienced trademark specialists in each country. This ensures that your consultant knows the ins and outs of your region, and can provide you with a seamless, stress-free experience. Global reach with local knowledge and international understanding.
Online Tracking of The Process
Our online customer account system contains a list of all trademarks each client has filed with us, along with the detailed information about each trademark (e.g. filing number, filing date, registration number). The system is also set up to send out important reminders, such as statements of use deadlines, renewal dates, and others.
Why Choose WIPC?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a trademark class?
The Trademark Registry has classified goods and services under 45 classes. Your application must mention the class/classes the goods/services represent. The trademark would be registered under those classes only.
2. What trademark applications are commonly rejected?
If your trademark is similar to an existing application, would hurt religious sentiments, contains geographical names or common words. It would also be rejected if it is likely to cause confusion. So you can't register the word 'car' for a car brand, but may do so for a brand of electronics.
3. When can I use the ™ symbol?
As soon as you file the application, you receive an acknowledgement, which gives you the right to use the ™ symbol. Once it's registered, you can use the ® symbol.
4. Do you guarantee approval of my trademark?
It depends entirely on the government's judgement. But if it is unique, it is highly likely that it will be granted.
5. Should I file the trademark in my own name?
Many start-up founders register it in their own names, while large businesses would prefer to do so in the name of the company. This is because the future of a start-up is always in doubt. If owned by the founder, the trademark would be valid regardless of the state of the company. A trademark license agreement is, however, needed in this case.
6. What is the difference between trademark, copyright and patent?
Trademarks and copyrights are both intellectual property, but serve different purposes. A copyright applies to literary and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. So it’s an exclusive right granted to the creator or author of a book, script, software, music, photograph or movie. The owner has the right to stop the publication of any work that shares similarities with his/her work, unless it has been fairly used. Registration is not necessary. However, as copyright infringement has become commonplace in the Internet age, and you need a registration to take the matter to court, copyright registration has gained importance.
A patent is a right granted for a product or process to an individual or enterprise. This right grants its owner the ability to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the patented product or process without prior approval. In exchange for this right, the applicant must fully disclose the invention. A patent is valid for 20 years, after which it falls into the public domain.
If the customer has any questions regarding WIPC's service, please contact our customer service line or your assigned consultant. If the customer believes the problem is still not resolved, he/she can contact the customer service supervisor directly by telephone +1 646-934-6266, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We ensure that all customer complaints will be resolved to customer's satisfaction.