Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later

April 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce
18 E Nelson St #101
Lexington, VA 24450

Join us for an overview of the use and protection of trademarks for your business:

  • how trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ
  • why any new business should select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark
  • the importance of doing a complete search and whether to use an attorney
  • what to do if another trademark owner sends a "cease-and-desist" letter
  • how to apply to seek federal registration and the role of the USPTO
  • how to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO
  • what happens after registration.

Presenter Craig Morris works within the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. He is currently the Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach, spearheading the effort for increased USPTO educational activities in the area of trademark fundamentals. For 14 years prior, he was the Managing Attorney for the Trademark Electronic Application System, focusing on making the Trademark Operation a total e-government environment. Mr. Morris has been with the USPTO since 1983, previously serving as a Law Office Examining Attorney, Senior Attorney, and Managing Attorney.