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Can you file for a trademark if you are not a U.S. citizen?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Uncategorized

Many Miami area businesses need trademark protection. They have worked hard to create their brand, work or product and deserve to have it protected. Those who are not U.S. citizens should understand the unique circumstances they have regarding a trademark issuance.

A non-U.S. citizen can file for trademark protection. If they do not live in the United States they can also apply for trademark protection but must use an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.

If a non-U.S. citizen lives in the United States. then they don’t technically need an attorney to file for a trademark. However, there are many reasons why hiring an attorney to help with trademark applications can be beneficial. These include:

  • Providing important legal advice about your trademark.
  • Conducting a trademark clearance search before you submit your application.
  • Preparing an accurate application.
  • Responding to legal correspondence from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Maintaining and enforcing your trademark rights.
  • Representing you in an appeal to the USPTO.

An attorney has the experience necessary to guide you through the complicated process of a trademark application, regardless of whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. They understand how important your intellectual property is to your business and will work hard to make sure it is protected. They can also help with any trademark infringement issues, including nontangible items such as art, songs and film online by monitoring your trademark in the marketplace. If potential infringement is found, they are skilled in developing a plan to take action.