Trademarks and Brands

With one flat rate, we walk you through the entire trademark registration process, from application to registration.

Trademarks are a form of intellectual property, and confer on the owner exclusive legal rights to use a registered trademark for the goods and services set forth in the trademark registration and to prevent others from using it in ways that may cause confusion with the registered mark. The trademark application is filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which maintains a database of registered trademarks.

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We have handled hundreds of trademark applications, consultations, and have advised everyone from an individual with nothing but a hope and dream, to multi-national corporations regarding their state and federal trademark rights. Unlike a trademark mill, we will take the time to learn about your business and advise you about your chances of success before we file. Our basic flat rate for trademark applications begin at $500.00 plus filing fees. Need more than an application, our office is experienced in handling the whole spectrum of trademark matters:

  • Trademark Applications/Registrations
  • Response to all Office Actions
  • Defense of Third-Party Actions (Oppositions and Cancellations)
  • Appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • Trademark Maintenance/Enforcement
  • Trademark Expansion and International Protection
  • Madrid Protocol Issues
  • Trademark Licensing and Assignments
  • Trademark Revival and Renewals
  • Trademark Litigation (plaintiff and defendant)

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What if another company is already using a similar name but I still want to register?

In short, this is possible. However, it would be best to consult an experienced trademark attorney in making a determination on acquiring such a registration since the USPTO routinely rejects trademark registrations based on the “likelihood of confusion,” i.e., that consumers could be confused between a prospective trademark and one that is already on file with the USPTO. Each application is decided on its own facts, with the examining attorney looking at many factors, starting with the marks themselves to looking at the similarity of the goods and services you provide with the registered mark. Of course, there are no guarantees; however, we have overcome likelihood of confusion rejections before and can give you an honest assessment of the chances that you might face.

What if the USPTO rejects my trademark application for some reason?

It is quite common to receive what is called an "office action" to a trademark application. An office action is written correspondence from the trademark examining attorney that requires a properly signed written response from the applicant in order for prosecution of the application to continue. Office actions received can be as minor as technical difficulties or more substantive such as a likelihood of confusion refusal in which the USPTO believes that your trademark application is too similar to an existing trademark registration. Most replies to office actions must be received within 6 months from the mailing date on the office action, so you do have some time to respond to any “rejection” before any final decision is made. Even if you filed an application on your own, we are happy to review your options with you.

How long does it take to get a trademark registered?

USPTO records have shown the total time average to be 9.8 months. The total time is measured from date of filing to notice of abandonment, allowance, or registration. Meanwhile, it takes an average of 2.7 months between the time of filing and the time of first action on the application; in other words, it will take about 3 months for the office to substantively consider your application. In fact, we guarantee you will not hear anything for at least 3 months. While it has generally taken 6 to 9 months in our experience for a registration to go through, our flat-fee, full-service commitment to you means we are with you for as long as it takes to acquire a successful registration or final rejection.

Benefits of Choosing Cartee, LC

Local, but Global

Based in Orange County, California, we provide counsel and appear in courts throughout Southern California. Our clients, however, are located throughout the world. No matter where you are from, we will provide you the same counsel and diligence that your company requires.


With a background in creative arts, and legal experience from both sides of the courtroom, we are uniquely positioned to help you navigate your legal issues. While all firms say they are client-focused, not as many let you text their attorneys or just chat with them when things just don’t make sense. Though we do care for our clients, we are results-focused, and we offer candid advice on how to achieve your best outcome.


Diligence, experience, and credibility are the keys to winning in court. It makes sense then that our office focuses on these values as we handle your litigation matters. We offer blunt, honest advocacy for a fraction of the price one would pay a big firm for the same outcome. If your business needs a powerful and relentless advocate, we are happy to talk to you and see if we might be of service.
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