NexTrend Legal

A Trademark Law Firm

NexTrend Legal provides professional trademark legal services to business of all sizes, start-ups, franchisors, inventors, product developers, online sellers and entrepreneurs nationwide and internationally. Our United States trademark attorneys handle each trademark matter with a keen awareness of the significant value registrable and protectable intellectual property brings to a trademark owner.

We understand that our clients’ brand recognition plays an important role in today’s business world. Trademarks are among the most valuable intellectual property assets for traditional, brand-driven, consumer product companies and technology businesses alike. With the globalization of potential markets and the continued expansion of the Internet and e-commerce marketplace, more and more businesses recognize that their corporate and product names, logos and slogans are essential for communicating product and/or service value, establishing a solid reputation and building corporate brand loyalty in each of their business industries, industry markets, and geographic locations.

Responsive, Professional US Trademark Attorneys

At NexTrend Legal, we understand that saving time and money is crucial to every entrepreneur or business owner. Our US trademark attorneys are committed to providing responsive, professional federal trademark legal services so that each of our clients can focus primarily on their products and services and allocate more of their budget to marketing, advertising and operating their business.

Our trademark law firm offers a full suite of trademark legal services to clients that reside or do business in the United States, its territories and in other countries around the world. From performing comprehensive trademark searches to determine whether your trademark is available for use in certain markets, to ensuring your trademark rights are enforced and not infringed upon once a trademark registration is acquired, our trademark attorneys can assist!

We provide flat fees (or fixed fees) for most of our core trademark legal services, including comprehensive trademark search and clearances, trademark registrations, trademark monitoring, trademark renewals, and responding to Office Actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). By setting expectations with transparent flat fees, our clients are able to avoid the financial uncertainties generally associated with hourly billing. In other words, we will let you know the costs to address your matter in advance rather than surprise you with a big attorney bill at the end of your matter.

KELLY FRAME – ATTORNEY

Kelly has over 15 years of experience representing businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of business transactions. As the founding attorney of Nextrend Legal, Kelly is a corporate attorney with a specific focus on trademark search and clearances, trademark prosecutions and registrations, trademark cease and desist issues, trademark licensing and assignments, trademark oppositions and cancellations, and responding to refusals or office actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  After graduating summa cum laude from DePaul University, Kelly attended the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School to obtain his Juris Doctorate. Kelly is a licensed trademark attorney with authority to practice before the USPTO and is also a practicing member of the South Carolina, Georgia and Illinois bar associations.

SEAN MASON – ATTORNEY

With over 15 years of litigation experience, Sean brings a unique perspective to NexTrend Legal by anticipating potential litigation and navigating a path toward Trademark registration while avoiding the pitfalls that can result in delays or denials of a client’s Trademark registration. Sean is intrigued with new ideas and innovation and enjoys working with clients to create and grow their brands. Sean provides individual trademark advice to clients to assist in acquiring and protecting their trademark rights nationwide. Sean works with clients throughout the entire trademark process, from preparing trademark applications to drafting and responding to trademark refusals issued by the USPTO. Sean also regularly handles trademark oppositions, cancellations and settlement agreements. Sean holds a Juris Doctorate and earned a Master of Laws from the University of Miami School of Law.  Sean is licensed in Florida and is authorized to practice before the USPTO.

Why Use A US Trademark Attorney?

On the surface, federal trademark searches, registrations, enforcement, and maintenance requirements may seem fairly straightforward but more often than not it is complex, time consuming, and riddled with areas to potentially make significant, costly mistakes. We can help. Our trademark attorneys provide crucial legal advice at every stage of the trademark process, we enforce and maintain your trademark rights, and we represent you at the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

If you are a business owner seeking to register a federal trademark, or you are an online retail seller enrolling in Amazon Brand Registry, Walmart Brand Portal, eBay VeRO program or Etsy Reporting Portal, our trademark law firm can help. Please give us a call or contact us online by clicking the “Looking for Trademark Assistance” button below.

Trademark Attorneys Can Provide Crucial Advice

Because we are trademark attorneys licensed to practice law in the US, our law firm can assist you with many important trademark legal issues. These include:

  • Performing a comprehensive 50 state and federal trademark search within 3 business days to determine if your trademark is available for use.
  • Determine the appropriate filing basis for your trademark application.
  • Prepare and file your trademark application with the USPTO that is complete and accurately identifies your goods and/or services.
  • Selecting the appropriate evidence to support how your trademark is used in commerce.
  • Respond to inquires from the USPTO examining attorney during the registration process.
  • Help you understand the scope of your trademark rights and the best way to enforce them.
  • Defend against oppositions filed against your trademark.
  • Prepare and file critical documents with the USPTO to maintain your trademark registration.

Trademark Attorneys Can Enforce Your Trademark Rights

After your trademark registers, it is your legal responsibility to monitor and protect your trademark from infringement by other parties in the marketplace. Our trademark attorneys can help you understand the legal scope of your trademark rights and advise you on the best way to monitor and enforce those rights. If you engage our law firm to provide trademark monitoring services, we can tell you whether other parties that may be infringing on your trademark. Our law firm also assists with all required trademark registration maintenance documents and makes sure such documents are timely and accurately filed.

Trademark Attorneys Can Practice Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Appeals and opposition and cancellation proceedings all have specific procedures and strict deadlines. Our US licensed trademark attorneys are experienced in trademark law and knowledgeable about TTAB proceedings. We can navigate these often complex proceedings, present your best case or defense, and help you settle the dispute, if appropriate.

  • If you are issued a final refusal to register your trademark, our trademark attorneys can file an appeal of that decision with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
  • If a party challenges the registration of your mark by filing an opposition or cancellation proceeding with the TTAB, our trademark attorneys can defend you.
  • If you believe you will be harmed or damaged by the registration of another party’s mark, our trademark attorneys can challenge the registration of the other party’s mark by filing an opposition or cancellation proceeding with the TTAB.

Trademark Attorneys Must be Licensed to Practice Law in the US

USPTO regulations specify that only an attorney who is an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any U.S. state or territory can represent you in a trademark application, registration, or TTAB proceeding at the USPTO. Non-U.S.-licensed attorneys and non-attorneys do not meet this criteria and cannot represent you in a trademark matter at the USPTO.

Non-U.S.-licensed attorneys and non-attorneys may give you inaccurate information and legal advice about your trademark rights and the registration process in the United States. This could:

  • Jeopardize the legal validity of your trademark application or trademark registration.
  • Prolong the time it takes for your trademark application or registration related submissions to be examined.
  • Cause your trademark application to be rejected or abandoned or your trademark registration to be cancelled.