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At Sausser Summers, PC, our goal is to make the trademark registration process as straightforward and cost-effective as possible, so that you can focus on growing your business while we take the necessary steps to protect what you have worked so hard to build.

Unlike other law firms, Sausser Summers, PC provides flat fee trademark services at an affordable price. Our goal is to eliminate the uncertainty that comes with hourly work, so you know exactly how much your total expenses will be at the outset of our relationship.

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Whether you need help maintaining your current trademark or require assistance canceling an abandoned mark, Sausser Summers, PC is here to help. Here are just a few of the trademark services that we provide to clients:

Comprehensive Trademark Search

For many entrepreneurs, this is the first and most crucial step to take when it’s time to safeguard your business and intellectual property. Your trademark attorney in Bluffton will conduct a thorough search of the USPTO Federal Trademark Database and each U.S state’s trademark database. We will also perform a trademark domain name search and a trademark common law search on your behalf. We will follow up with a 30-minute phone call, where we will discuss the results of our trademark search and send you a drafted legal opinion letter.

U.S. Trademark Filing

Once your trademark lawyer in Bluffton has completed a comprehensive trademark search, the next step is to file a trademark application. We will submit your application within 1-3 business days and keep you updated on its USPTO status throughout the registration process.

U.S Trademark Office Actions – These actions are essentially initial rejections of your trademark by the USPTO. Applicants have six months in which to respond to this rejection. For a flat fee, your trademark lawyer from Sausser Summers, PC will compose

U.S Trademark Renewal

If you already own a trademark, Sausser Summers, PC will renew your registered trademark so that it remains current. Extended protection varies depending on how long you have held your trademark. We encourage you to visit our U.S Trademark Renewal page to find out which renewal service best fits your current situation.

U.S. Trademark Cease & Desist

Whether you have been accused of infringing on someone’s trademark and received a cease and desist letter or have found an infringer on your own mark, it is imperative that you respond. If you have received a letter and do not respond, you might be sued. If you find an infringer and do not demand that they stop, you may lose your trademark rights. To discuss the best course of action for your situation, we recommend you contact Sausser Summers, PC, for a risk-free consultation at no additional cost. Once you speak directly to one of our attorneys, we will send your cease and desist letter or respond to the one you have received for an affordable flat fee.

Statement of Use

If you plan on using your mark in commerce, you must file a Statement of Use to notify the USPTO. This filing must take place six months after you receive your Notice of Allowance. For an affordable flat-rate fee, your trademark attorney in Bluffton will make any requisite filings on your behalf. Before you decide on a course of action, we encourage you to contact our office at (843) 654-0078 to speak with one of our attorneys. This consultation will help us get a better understanding of your situation and is always free and confidential.

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Check out the menus and deals for Chamber Restaurant Week on Hilton Head and in Bluffton

Chamber Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try out a new restaurant or enjoy a special menu at an old favorite on Hilton Head or in Bluffton at a time of the year when restaurants are less crowded with tourists.Dozens of restaurants are participating in the 15th annual event that runs from Saturday, Jan. 28, through Saturday, Feb. 4.In most cases, chefs have created prix fixe menus that offer a two- or three- course meal for a fixed price. For example, diners might choose one appetizer from a list of three, one main course ...

Chamber Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try out a new restaurant or enjoy a special menu at an old favorite on Hilton Head or in Bluffton at a time of the year when restaurants are less crowded with tourists.

Dozens of restaurants are participating in the 15th annual event that runs from Saturday, Jan. 28, through Saturday, Feb. 4.

In most cases, chefs have created prix fixe menus that offer a two- or three- course meal for a fixed price. For example, diners might choose one appetizer from a list of three, one main course from a list of three and one dessert from a list of three for a lower total price than it would typically cost for a meal at the restaurant.

Prices generally do not include beverages or a tip for your server.

Hours vary depending on the restaurant, and, in many cases, reservations may be necessary. This year, the sponsoring Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is offering the ability to make reservations through its website for many of the participating businesses.

Following are the restaurants included on the chamber website’s list of Restaurant Week participants as of Wednesday, Jan. 18. We’ve linked to the menus that were available online at that time. This story will be updated as more restaurants and menus are announced.

The deal: Three courses for $54

Main course options: Sauerbraten, pork schnitzel or rainbow trout

Address: 807 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 1200, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-341-3117

The deal: Details not available

Address: 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-7700

The deal: Details not available

Address: 27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive, Bluffton

Phone: 843-757-0380

The deal: Three courses for $32

Main course options: Crab-stuffed flounder, braised short ribs, shrimp and grits, Chardonnay chicken or bacon-wrapped shrimp

Address: 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-2016

The deal: Details not available

Address: 37 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-6261

The deal: Three courses for $42

Main course options: Poulet, truite almondine or boeuf bourguignon

Address: 37 New Orleans Road, Suite J, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-3200

The deal: Adult rodizio for $42.50, children 6-12 for $19.95, under 5 free

Main course options: 16 USDA Prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken

Address: 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Unit B-6, (The Village at Wexford), Hilton Head

Phone: 843-715-3565

The deal: Details not available

Address: 8 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-9277

The deal: Two course menu for two people plus 90-minute standard simulator rental for $99 (additional $19 per person for menu up to four people)

Main course options: Hawaiian flatbread, shrimp scampi, shrimp pomodoro, pasta and meatballs, or chicken parmesan

Address: 59A New Orleans Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 833-987-GOLF

The deal: Three courses for $35

Main course options: Crabmeat-stuffed jumbo shrimp, chicken alfredo pasta, grilled salmon or Southwestern New York strip

Address: 104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head (Jarvis Creek); 149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head (Harbour Town)

Phone: 843-681-5021 (Jarvis Creek) or 843-363-2722 (Harbour Town)

The deal: Three courses for $35

Main course options: Blackened Carolina catfish, seafood pasta, Carolina shrimp and polenta or Cast Net (shrimp, oysters and flounder)

Address: 11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-2267

The deal: Two courses for $25

Main course options: Shrimp and chicken gumbo, fried shrimp platter or Lowcountry boil

Address: 1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-342-3474

The deal: Details not available

Address: 1301 Main St., Hilton Head, or 26 Discovery Drive, Bluffton

Phone: 843-682-4455 (Hilton Head) or 843-767-3423 (Bluffton)

The deal: Details not available

Address: 50 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-4144

The deal: Details not available

Address: 430 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-802-2424

The deal: $3 fat reduction donut shots and $2 off shake and tea combo

Address: 841 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-298-3169

The deal: $3 margaritas

Address: 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J6, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-5282

The deal: Three courses for $39.99 (includes entertainment fee)

Main course options: KOB Surf and Turf, Queen’s Half Rack Baby Back Ribs, Johnny Cash Ring of Fire Salmon or “Glades Night” Chicken and Waffles

Address: 19 Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-686-2868

The deal: Any 10-inch classic pie and salad for $16, two 10-inch classic pies for $17, or any 16-inch classic or featured pie and appetizer for $26

Address: 55 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head; 15 State of Mind St., Bluffton

Phone: 843-842-7437 (Hilton Head) or 843-837-7437 (Bluffton)

The deal: Three courses for $39

Main course options: North Carolina brook trout, fried chicken, shepherd’s pie, pappardelle pasta

Address: 841 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-715-3215

The deal: Three courses for $42

Main course options: Ravioli di aragosta, gnocchi di patate alla boscaiola, vitello alla saltimbocca, cotolettoa di maiale or salmone con pistachio

Address: 37 Orleans Road, Suite L, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-6272

The deal: Three courses for $35

Main course options: Farmstand bowl, shrimp and grits, Dr. Joe’s Duck Hash, Coastal Hospitality Burger or pan-roasted salmon

Address: 35 Office Park Road, Hilton Head, or 207 Bluffton Road, Bluffton

Phone: 843-682-2337 (Hilton Head) or 843-706-2337 (Bluffton)

The deal: Three courses for $30

Main course options: Salmon Oscar, potato-encrusted flounder, Greek pork loin, honey pecan triggerfish, butchers flat iron steak or brisket bolognese

Address: 9 Park Lane, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-686-2920

The deal: Three courses for $39.50; add Veneto wine flight for $29

Main course options: Ravioli all ‘aragosta, costatelle di vitello, branzino puttanesca or cotoletta di pollo alla parmigiana

Address: 18 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-715-2172

The deal: Four courses for $35

Main course options: Chef’s daily catch, dayboat scallops, curried shrimp pasta, petite filet mignon or smoked pork ribeye

Address: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-681-6040

The deal: Details not available

Address: 1 Greenwood Drive, Suite 7A, Hilton Head, or 104 Buckwalter Parkway, Suite 1A, (in Berkeley Place), Bluffton

Phone: 843-682-6262 (Hilton Head) or 843-816-6262 (Bluffton)

The deal: Three courses for $30

Main course options: 16-ounce bone-in pork chop, seared fish or crispy BBQ tofu

Address: 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head (at Beach House)

Phone: 843-785-2900

The deal: Three courses for $38

Main course options: Seared swordfish, veal osso bucco or pesto tortellini

Address: 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 121, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-341-3838

The deal: Three courses for $29.99

Main course options: Chicken Milanese, Guinness slow-roasted beef short ribs or herb-butter roasted grouper

Address: 7D Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-4414

The deal: Three courses for $30

Main course options: Outrageous Chimichanga, burrito, blackened mahi, pork chop verde or stuffed portabella

Address: 807 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 700, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-3838

The deal: Three courses for $40

Main course options: Sauteed cod, grilled mahi mahi, Low Country kebabs, Mediterranean salmon, shrimp and grits, chicken with cranberry buerre blanc or grilled pork loin chop

Address: 807 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 1000, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-9990

The deal: Three courses for $30; takeout meal serves two

Main course options: Classic chicken pot pie, filet mignon pot pie, lasagna

Address: 12 Capital Drive, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-682-3663

The deal: Details not available

Address: 397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-681-3663

The deal: Details not available

Address: 2 Hudson Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-3625

The deal: Three courses for $28

Main course options: Half rack of ribs, chicken and ribs, Butt & Bones or grilled salmon

Address: 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-4227

The deal: Four courses for $30 or four courses for $38

Main course options: Veal Verona, chicken pancetta, flounder piccata, Naples style snapper, shrimp pesto tortellini or veal saltimbocca

Address: 15 Executive Park Road, Hilton Head

Phone: 845-785-7006

The deal: Three courses for $29 or three courses for $35

Main course options: Carne asada, coastal shrimp, Grande Plato, salmon, chicken fajitas, chimichanga, Tio’s Burrito or ropa vieja/roasted pork

Address: 40 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 181, Hilton Head; and 7 Venture Drive #106, Bluffton

Phone: 843-842-8467 (Hilton Head) or 843-757-8467 (Bluffton)

The deal: $8 burger and fries

Burger options: Classic Tavern burger, mushroom Swiss burger, bacon cheeseburger or black and bleu

Address: 13 Harbourside Lane (in Shelter Cove Marina), Hilton Head

Phone: 843-785-5600

The deal: Three courses for $40

Main course options: Chicken cordon bleu, shrimp and crab scampi, hanger steak frites or vegetarian perloo

Address: 1513 Main St., Hilton Head

Phone: 843-842-8866

Hilton Head building used to be a bank. Soon it will be the new place to go for a beer

A new beer garden and restaurant complex is opening soon on Hilton Head’s south end.The Bank will be located in the former Bank of America building at 59 Pope Ave. It is expected to open in the spring, according to a news release from Watterson Brands. In addition to the beer garden, the 17,000-square-foot building also will house a brewery — Side Hustle Beer Co. ...

A new beer garden and restaurant complex is opening soon on Hilton Head’s south end.

The Bank will be located in the former Bank of America building at 59 Pope Ave. It is expected to open in the spring, according to a news release from Watterson Brands.

In addition to the beer garden, the 17,000-square-foot building also will house a brewery — Side Hustle Beer Co. — and four restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, a family zone, a band shell and a merchandise shop.

Side Hustle Beer Co. is currently the smallest craft brewery in South Carolina. The current 21 Side Hustle craft brews were created by brewer Lee Holyoak and his wife Emily, along with original founders Mike Palmieri and Faith Seiders, as a “side hustle” turned career in early 2021.

L.J. Bush, co-owner of Side Hustle Beer Co. and founder of the youth mentorship program Changing Our Image Now, and Billy Watterson, CEO of Watterson Brands, have been collaborating on The Bank project since they acquired the brewery in November 2021. Side Hustle’s current location on Arrow Road will transition to a new adult beverage venue; details have not been made public.

Dining options at The Bank will be Taco Bills, Bank Burgers, Pizza Co. and Benjamin’s seafood truck.

Taco Bills and Bank Burgers are concepts from Marshall Sampson and Bill Alberts, co-owners of Santa Fe Cafe on Hilton Head. Sampson also owns Pizza Co., which has a location next to Watterson’s Burnt Church Distillery in Bluffton.

Additional beverage and dining options will be located on the exterior of the main building to provide customers an enhanced experience, the news release says.

“Music, storytelling and food are pillars of the Lowcountry experience, and we’re proud to offer this, and more, year-round,” said Bush in the news release. “Additionally, we plan to have trivia nights and other fun activities, and we will be the venue to watch sports on the island.”

The Bank is located at a stop for The Breeze trolley system. It will have more than 100 vehicle parking spots and more than 100 bicycle parking spots.

The business represents a $13 million investment. Hiring for 100 positions is expected to begin in February. Those interested in learning more can visit www.thebankhhi.com.

Last April, Watterson Brands purchased the former Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette building on Buck Island Road in Bluffton.

Watterson is also behind the proposed redevelopment of the former Pepper’s Porch location in Old Town Bluffton into Ma Daisy’s restaurant and a Gullah Heritage Center with Bluffton Town Councilwoman Bridgette Frazier.

Prayers for Howie: Local volunteer rescues injured owl from busy Bluffton highway

The injured owl laid against the concrete roadside barrier, surrounded by the roar of Saturday morning traffic on Bluffton Parkway.Joshua Vermilyea, a local avian expert and longtime volunteer bird rescuer, was quick to help. After getting the call from a concerned community member, he and the injured owl — now known affectionately as “Howie” — were on the road to a veterinarian. Howie rode in a covered, blanket-filled pet carrier.Howie arrived at Awendaw’s ...

The injured owl laid against the concrete roadside barrier, surrounded by the roar of Saturday morning traffic on Bluffton Parkway.

Joshua Vermilyea, a local avian expert and longtime volunteer bird rescuer, was quick to help. After getting the call from a concerned community member, he and the injured owl — now known affectionately as “Howie” — were on the road to a veterinarian. Howie rode in a covered, blanket-filled pet carrier.

Howie arrived at Awendaw’s Avian Conservation Center, about 2 1/2 hours up the coast, where his rehabilitation treatment began. The owl was severely dehydrated and has a small hairline fracture in his right wing, which prevented him from flying. Staff believe he may have been hit by a car.

As of Tuesday, conservation center staff said Howie was refusing to eat — but Vermilyea hopes his appetite will return as his stress levels decrease.

“That little bird has gone through a lot,” he said. “It might just be the commotion that’s going on.”

Howie is a barred owl, one of the most common species in South Carolina. Found year-round in dense forests near water and swamplands, the birds’ distinct call is thought to sound like human speech: “Who cooks for you?

Veterinarians in Awendaw aren’t yet sure whether Howie needs surgery. As time passes, experts will monitor his health and flying patterns to determine when he’s ready to return to the wild.

If that happens, Vermilyea said he’ll do the honor of releasing Howie back in Bluffton, where the bird will be in familiar territory.

For Vermilyea, Howie’s story is a prime example of the tension between human life and animal ecosystems in the Lowcountry.

“You’re not going to stop human expansion, it’s never going to end,” Vermilyea said. “But we have to have a balanced ecosystem. There’s no way that any of us are ever going to survive if our ecosystem fails.”

Although the Avian Conservation Center should always be the first point of contact for injured birds, a number of skilled rehabbers are available across the Lowcountry to assist in the handling and transportation of injured animals.

Vermilyea suggests people call someone who is trained to handle wildlife and keep an eye on the injured critter until help arrives.

These are the most popular languages to learn in SC, new study shows

Looking to learn a new skill, expand your knowledge or further your career?A new study by the Writing Tips Institute, a website that helps users learn how to write and solve writing problems they have come across, revealed what the most popular languages to learn in South Carolina are based on residents’ Google searches.In first place, Spanish was found to be the most favored language ...

Looking to learn a new skill, expand your knowledge or further your career?

A new study by the Writing Tips Institute, a website that helps users learn how to write and solve writing problems they have come across, revealed what the most popular languages to learn in South Carolina are based on residents’ Google searches.

In first place, Spanish was found to be the most favored language to learn in the Palmetto State.

This result was found after the company analyzed the number of average monthly Google searches in each state for learning a language. Then, the search volume for each term, plus the selected language, were combined to discover the total average monthly searches in each state, according to the Writing Tips Institute.

The Spanish language is spoken by 534 million speakers and is the official language of 21 countries, as was detailed in the study. In addition, the language is the second most spoken language in America.

The Japanese language landed in second place for most popular language to learn in South Carolina.

The Japanese language has approximately 128 million speakers and is the ninth most spoken language worldwide, according to the study by the Writing Tips Institute.

In third place for the most popular language to learn in South Carolina, German took the spot.

Around 155 million people around the globe speak the German language, which places it as the 11th most spoken language of the world, the company states. In addition, German is the most spoken language in the European Union.

Like South Carolina, the Spanish language is the most popular language to learn across the U.S. with a total of 476,900 average monthly searches. This also landed Spanish as the top language in every state. In second place nationally is the Korean language with a total of 44,090 Google searches. Lastly, following close behind in third place was Japanese with a total monthly search volume of 40,260, according to the Writing Tips Institute’s study.

For those looking for an easy, quick way to learn a new language on the go, there are several online applications to choose from. Some of these language learning apps include Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Falou and Memrise.

New Head of School announced for Thomas Heyward Academy

Thomas Heyward Academy, an independent college preparatory school in Ridgeland, recently announced a new Head of School for the 2023-'24 academic year."We are pleased to announce the selection of Col. Scott K. Gibson III, USAF (ret.), as our next Head of School," THA Board Chairman Lewie Davis said in a news release.Davis said Gibson comes to THA from another South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) school, Lowcountry Preparatory, where he spent the past 11 years. He also has previous Head ...

Thomas Heyward Academy, an independent college preparatory school in Ridgeland, recently announced a new Head of School for the 2023-'24 academic year.

"We are pleased to announce the selection of Col. Scott K. Gibson III, USAF (ret.), as our next Head of School," THA Board Chairman Lewie Davis said in a news release.

Davis said Gibson comes to THA from another South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) school, Lowcountry Preparatory, where he spent the past 11 years. He also has previous Head of School experience, the release said.

Gibson succeeds Ben Herod, who served as assistant head of school for the 2019-2020 school year and took over as Head of School beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

Gibson also serves as SCISA Chairman of both the Accreditation Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the SCISA Board of Directors, the release said. In 2019, the school said, Gibson was the winner of SCISA's Dr. Charles S. Aimar Educational Leadership Award.

Before working in education, Gibson spent 22 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and commanded troops at three levels, including a squadron of 200 and an on-scene group of 1,200 in Kuwait, the release said. Gibson was airborne- and air-assault qualified, earning his foreign jump wings while assigned to US Embassy N’djamena in Chad. His staff assignments included service as special assistant to the four-star commander of US Special Operations Command, the release said.

While in school, Gibson was the valedictorian of Boys’ Latin School, and at 16 he enrolled at The Citadel, where he finished first in his class with a BS in biology, the release said. His graduate degrees include an MS in International Relations from Troy University, an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, an MMAS in Military History from the US Army Command & General Staff College, and an MBA from Spring Hill College. He also completed an applied research fellowship at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.

Gibson met his wife Kathy in Charleston, where she attended the College of Charleston, the release said. They have been married 37 years and for the past 11 years have been members of Prince George Winyah Church in Georgetown.

The release said the family has other military members, including daughter, Courtney, a lieutenant in the US Navy, serving in the medical corps as a psychologist. Son Kendall recently completed his service as a lieutenant in the Navy as a submariner and is now employed by Ernst and Young.

"It is fitting that our newly selected Head of School is both a distinguished scholar and military officer, as was Thomas Heyward, the Revolutionary War leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence for whom our school is named," Davis said in the release. "Also fitting is the strong friendship between Herod and Col. Gibson, who have become good friends over the years, serving both as SCISA heads and as accreditation evaluators.''

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