What does it cost to hire a trademark lawyer? The real answer - it depends!
Depending on what type of trademark needs you have, trademark lawyer fees can range in the hundreds to the multi-thousands of dollars.
For a trademark search and application, many lawyers will charge a flat fee. Find out what is included in the flat fee. If an Office Action is issued, will the attorney include a response? In a trademark search and application, the process seems deceptively easy, but there is a lot of strategy that needs to go into the application in order to have the best chance at a successful trademark registration.
If you've gone the DIY route and now have to respond to an Office Action, fees can range again from the hundreds to several thousand dollars, depending on how complicated the issues are. Avoiding these fees and complications are why good strategy and research is critical before the application is submitted.
If you're facing a final refusal, an appeal before the trademark board can easily cost over $10,000. Same with prosecuting or defending an infringement action. Some of the most expensive litigation can be trademark litigation. Therefore, it's best to get your ducks in a row before ever submitting an application.
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Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way.