Trademarking a brand or product is a way of federally registering it so that when people buy your goods, they can easily tell where they come from. If you are looking at setting up your trademark in Tennessee, you may be wondering about any requirements for the process and whether or not it is necessary to enlist the representation of an attorney.
The difference lies in your location
While applying for a trademark could be facilitated with an attorney who practices trademark law, companies operating within the U.S. do not need to hire one. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has stated that if your principal place of business or permanent legal residence is not in the U.S., then you must have a licensed attorney in the U.S. represent you in all trademark matters.
Furthermore, you cannot work with just any attorney. The attorney you choose to represent you in trademark matters must be in good standing with the highest court’s bar association.
Benefits of hiring a trademark attorney
While you are only required to hire a trademark attorney if your business is not based in the U.S., we at Ray Law Firm know from experience that anyone can benefit from hiring one. An attorney can look at the federal registration to find out if the trademark you are considering is usable. This can help to avoid legal issues down the road.
If you are from the U.S., it is up to you to decide if you need an attorney to represent you. For more information on this topic, see our web page.