CREATING A SOLID LEGAL FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING YOUR DREAM
How We Can Help You
We offer a number of services including flat-rate packages to make creating your solid legal foundation easy to plan and budget. Our flat-rate packages for solopreneurs include:
WI Single-Member LLC Package
Name search, WI single member LLC articles of organization and filing fee, Single Member Operating Agreement, EIN, and Seller’s Permit (if needed)
Athena Legal Solutions will act as your registered agent for one year receiving any service of process notices and any communications from the WI DFI
WI Annual Filing Package
Filing your annual report with the state of Wisconsin, paying the filing fee and providing a 30 minute consultation. You have 30 days to use the ½ hour of time.
WI Annual Filing & Registered Agent Package
Receive both the WI Annual Filing and WI Registered Agent Packages for a reduced fee when you purchase these services together
Podcast Guest Release
If you want to use podcast audio and/or video for your social media and marketing, you need to have the individual's written permission to use it as you need. A guest release ensures you can use clips or the entire audio and/or video in any way you see fit.
If you are talking with vendors or other businesses about ways you can partner, it is critical those conversations are protected by NDA to ensure they can't use your business ideas as their own
Website Protection Package
Lead Magnet Protection
Makes sure your knowledge, expertise and know-how is protected by copyright and usage disclaimers when you provide information via lead magnets, free giveaways, documents, websites, etc. to current or potential clients physically or online
*See our FAQs to better understand what it is like to work with an Athena lawyer.
By putting in place a solid legal foundation specific to how you do business, you have the ability to legally go after copycats who try to steal what makes you great.
BENEFITS OF A SOLID LEGAL FOUNDATION
FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Creating a solid foundation ensures you can be confident your personal assets are not at risk from your business activities. Failure to appropriately set up your business can lead to your personal assets being at risk.
Appropriately protecting what makes you great builds value in your business. This value can be leveraged to create more value for your business.
What if I'm not currently selling the product or services that I want to use with my mark?Yes - If you have not begun selling your products or services just yet you can still apply for your trademark filing an intent to use application. The intent to use application essentially holds your place in line until you are ready to begin use. However, the USPTO will eventually want to see proof that you have begun selling your products and services to customers which can incur additional fees. You have up to three years to provide proof before your application is rejected.
I want to trademark my brand name, logo and tagline, do they belong on one application?"No, a brand name, logo, and taglineare all separate and distinct trademarks which belong on their own application for review with the USPTO. We charge separately for each filing.
What is the difference between ™ and Ⓡ?The ™ symbol is specifically for those individuals who do not have a trademark registered with the USPTO yet but are indicating to the general public that the words, logo, or tagline are an identifier for products and or services and would like to begin the trademark process. While the Ⓡ is specifically for those who have a obtained a federal trademark from the USPTO.
How do I get started with my registration?To get started, schedule your free consultation using our Let's Talk button in the top right corner of our website.
What if I want to add products and/or services to my application once it has been filed?Unfortunately, we cannot add products and/or services to an application once it has been filed and accepted with the USPTO; however, we can always add to an application before it is filed and if you decide not to provide those products or services we can always remove that language from the existing application. We can always remove, never add.
Is a trademark registration guaranteed?Unfortunately, no. However, we do an analysis during our search to determine how likely your application is to be rejected. If after reviewing our analysis, you don't want to move ahead with registration, we will only charge $250 for conducting the search and analysis.
What if I already conducted a search?Regardless of having conducted your own search, we must complete our own so we can provide you with a complete analysis to help you make a determination of your likelihood of being successful in registering your mark.
How long does a trademark search take?It depends on our current caseload and your timing. We typically complete searches within one week of your submission of the trademark questionnaire form.
What is a trademark class?A 'class' is the goods or services you are selling that will be connected to your mark. For example, Starbucks is protected under Class 030 for coffee and food. We will help you figure this out. Classification is one of the main parts of the application process that can get screwed up by trying to do it on your own. Each class typically has a filing fee of $350. Here is the list of trademark classes: CLASSES OF GOODS/PRODUCTS Class 1: Chemicals Class 2: Paints Class 3: Cosmetics and Cleaning Preparations Class 4: Lubricants and Fuels Class 5: Pharmaceuticals Class 6: Metal Goods Class 7: Machinery Class 8: Hand Tools Class 9: Electrical and Scientific Apparatus Class 10: Medical Apparatus Class 11: Environmental Control Apparatus Class 12: Vehicles Class 13: Firearms Class 14: Jewelry Class 15 : Musical Instruments Class 16: Paper goods and Printed Matter Class 17: Rubber Goods Class 18: Leather Goods Class 19: Nonmetallic Building Materials Class 20 : Furniture and Articles not Otherwise Classified Class 21: Housewares and Glass Class 22: Cordage and Fibers Class 23 : Yarns and Threads Class 24: Fabrics Class 25: Clothing Class 26 : Fancy Goods Class 27: Floor Coverings Class 28 : Toys and Sporting Goods Class 29 : Meats and Processed Foods Class 30: Staple Foods Class 31 : Natural Agricultural Products Class 32: Light Beverages Class 33 : Wine and Spirits Class 34: Smokers’ Articles CLASSES OF SERVICES Class 35: Advertising and Business Class 36 : Insurance and Financial Class 37: Building Construction and Repair Class 38 : Telecommunications Class 39: Transportation and storage) Class 40 : Treatment of Materials Class 41 : Education and Entertainment Class 42 : Computer and Scientific Class 43 : Hotels and Restaurants Class 44 : Medical, Beauty & Agricultural Class 45: Personal
What are filing fees?Filing fees are fees charged by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to file your application, request an exemption, file a statement of use, and other actions related to your trademark application.
What is a technical office action?It is a denial by the USPTO that can easily be resolved. Often, the USPTO’s examining attorney just needs some additional information. The response to these refusals are included in your application fee.
What is a substantive office action?It is a denial by the USPTO that requires a lengthy comprehensive response. If you receive a substantive office action, we will provide you with a number of options available to you in order to overcome the office action. The response will require billed at our regular hourly rate.
How long does the trademark application process take?There are no guarantees on how long it will take; however, it is typically between 12 to 18 months. You can request a copy of our trademark application process here.
Does a trademark registered with the USPTO protect my mark internationally?No - however, you can register in multiple countries. There is an application that allows multiple countries once you have do that initial application with the USPTO. If you want this, please let us know.
What does it mean when someone opposes my registration?An opposition occurs when another mark believes registration of your mark will damage their mark. The cost of these proceedings will vary.
Will I receive a refund if my application is denied?No - The USPTO does not issue refunds for unsuccessful applications, and neither do we. We will do everything possible to help you have a successful application, but we cannot guarantee success.
Do I need a lawyer to file a trademark?No - anyone can file a trademark application. BUT, the application process can be complicated and if the USPTO sends an initial refusal with an office action, it can be very challenging for a non-lawyer to understand how to appropriately fight and respond. Often these office actions could have been avoided by using a lawyer to start. Unfortunately, the costs of bringing in an attorney at that point are often more expensive than if you'd used one to from the start.
Still have questions?Set up a free consultation with us to discuss your questions by using the Let's Talk button in the top right corner of our website.