Trademark Attorney in Charleston SC

If you are a successful business owner, protecting your intellectual property rights is one of the most important steps that you can take to safeguard your company. Often, hiring a trademark attorney in Charleston to register a trademark is an arduous process that results in outrageous hourly fees and complicated paperwork.

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.

With a BBB A+ rating, we are consistently ranked as one of the top trademark law firms in the U.S. We aim to provide you with the same five-star service that you would receive from large firms, with a modern twist at a rate that won’t break the bank.

How Sausser Summers, PC Flat Fee Trademark Service Works

Our flat fee trademark process is simple, streamlined, and consists of three steps:

  1. Choose your trademark service and provide us with information about your trademark through our online questionnaire. Once this is complete, you will pay the flat fee for us to move forward.
  2. Our trademark lawyers in Charleston will conduct an extensive search to make sure you are in the clear to register your trademark. Once our search has concluded, we will send you a legal opinion letter informing you of our search results.
  3. Our trademark attorneys will file your trademark and provide updates throughout the registration process.

Our three-step process lets you:

  1. Work one-on-one with an experienced trademark attorney in Charleston who will consult with you at your convenience.
  2. Save your hard-earned money with our flat fee trademark services.
  3. Gain access to a licensed trademark attorney who will file your trademark application.
  4. Get updates on your trademark application as it moves through the registration process.
  5. Focus on running your business while Sausser Summers, PC handles the hard work. No headaches, no hidden fees, no tricks.

Trademark Services at a Glance

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 Charleston 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 Charleston 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 a response on your behalf so that you may continue to focus on your day-to-day business tasks.

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 Charleston 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.

Additional U.S Trademark Attorney Services

In addition to the services listed above, we also help our clients enforce their trademarks, monitor trademark filings, and even help protect business owners from trademark infringement on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.
Have questions about our flat-fee trademark services? It would be our pleasure to speak with you at your earliest convenience, so that you can preserve the one asset that sets you apart from everyone else: your name.

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Look in the mirror, Columbia, and be honest: Do you like what you see?

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part opinion series. A city’s appearance tells you a lot about what its priorities are and where it is going. Vibrant cities have well-kept sidewalks and medians (think no weeds), well-maintained streets (think no potholes) and attractive storefronts (think no broken windows), telling visitors that its residents have pride in place. Its shops invite people to visit, and they invite visitors to stay. At times Columbia has achieved this effect, and at times it h...

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part opinion series.

A city’s appearance tells you a lot about what its priorities are and where it is going.

Vibrant cities have well-kept sidewalks and medians (think no weeds), well-maintained streets (think no potholes) and attractive storefronts (think no broken windows), telling visitors that its residents have pride in place. Its shops invite people to visit, and they invite visitors to stay.

At times Columbia has achieved this effect, and at times it has not.

The last time Columbia won the prestigious All-American City award from the National Civic League was 1964. For comparison, Mount Pleasant in Charleston won it in 2018, and Rock Hill in 2019.

Awards don’t mean everything, but they do tell you something.

As noted in the city’s recent comprehensive property tax study, while Greenville’s population grew by 15.7 percent, Charleston’s 12.7 percent, and Rock Hill’s by 11.7 percent since 2010, Columbia’s population grew by only 2 percent. Worse, Columbia’s population now has declined in recent years.

What’s more, the data shows the town of Lexington has been the beneficiary of Columbia’s population decline, having grown in population by 16.7 percent since 2010, faster than any of the above cities.

To win people back and encourage growth, we need a renewed sense of civic pride.

Columbia needs to focus on its gateways, especially Elmwood and Huger streets. They are our front porch, and yet neither communicate purposeful design or distinct, welcoming features.

Finlay Park is Columbia’s signature downtown greenspace, and yet does it create a favorable first impression? Does it seem safe? Would you take children there at night?

Look at our city’s most valuable corners: Gervais and Huger, Gervais and Assembly, Elmwood and Main, and Elmwood and Bull. All are under-developed, featuring vacant lots, parking lots or gas stations. They need to be prioritized as economic development targets that demonstrate our city’s success, not its shortcomings.

Certain parts of downtown Columbia’s sidewalks are well kept, but just outside the area where the Yellow Shirts patrol (think driving down Gervais Street away from The Vista), the weeds in sidewalks are impossible to miss.

So are the potholes. A serious, recurring problem that was supposed to be addressed by the Richland County penny tax back in 2012, Columbia’s legendary potholes remain a menace to vehicles and demonstrate a lack of pride in place by municipal leaders.

All these problems are fixable. Simplified landscaping requirements would make them easier to maintain. Rather than using accommodation tax dollars to expand the convention center, use those dollars instead to bury power lines, clean up and restore Finlay Park, and beautify the city.

Another innovative solution is privatizing pothole repair and citywide landscaping. Not only would the city be more beautiful, but also it would be a means to create more small business opportunities and jobs.

Things as simple as keeping street lines freshly painted matter. Good lighting matters. Weeds, potholes, neglected corners and faded lines send the wrong message, and the population trends tell us people are paying attention.

In short, instead of starting new projects, we must take care of what we have. It is a problem we no longer can afford to ignore.

Joe E. Taylor, Jr. is CEO of Park and Washington LLC and a lifelong resident of Columbia. He also served as S.C. Secretary of Commerce from February 2005 through January 2011 and led the state’s efforts to land the national economic deal of the year in 2009 and again in 2010.

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SHARED VISIONS: THE NATIVE AMERICAN HOMOWNERSHIP, LEGAL AND

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT I REPORT Chicago, Illinois March 30 – April 1, 1999 Introduction Last month, 750 participants gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois for the Fourth Annual Native American Homeownership and Legal conference sponsored by HUD. This year, the conference focused on HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo’s Shared Visions initiative and is the first in a series of two Summits to be held in 1999 addressing homeownership, legal and economic development issues throughout Indian country. To ki...

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT I REPORT

Chicago, Illinois March 30 – April 1, 1999

Introduction Last month, 750 participants gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois for the Fourth Annual Native American Homeownership and Legal conference sponsored by HUD. This year, the conference focused on HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo’s Shared Visions initiative and is the first in a series of two Summits to be held in 1999 addressing homeownership, legal and economic development issues throughout Indian country. To kick off the Summit, Secretary Cuomo announced new legislative initiatives to increase homeownership among Native Americans and stressed HUD’s commitment to these new initiatives.

Opening statements were also presented by Keller George, President of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Joe Garcia, representative of the National Congress of American Indians and Chester Carl, President of the National American Indian Housing Council.

The Summit began on March 29th with an informal Welcome Reception for all participants. The informal atmosphere allowed for old friends to get reacquainted and new friendships to form. A second reception on March 30th recognized the dedication and contributions of all those who participated in the negotiated rulemaking process and was also a chance for participants to take advantage of the valuable information the twenty-eight public and private Resource Room exhibitors had to offer.

On March 31st, HUD hosted a luncheon where the Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing Harold Lucas spoke on the issues facing Native Americans today and reiterated HUD’s continuing dedication in addressing these issues. Highlighted at this luncheon were twelve tribes and Indian housing authorities(IHA) who received the “Program Initiative Recognition Award” for their initiative in designing homeownership, rental housing, homebuyer counseling and economic development programs to address housing, legal and economic development issues facing them.

During this two and a half-day event, participants attended intensive training sessions focusing on economic development, homeownership, legal issues, rental housing, organizational development and homebuyer counseling. In addition to the scheduled training sessions, many participants met with HUD staff during the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996(NAHASDA) Listening sessions to discuss their concerns and offer suggestions for change. Whether meeting in a training

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session or individually, participants shared their own “secrets to success” and gained new ideas to improve their existing programs.

Overall, Summit participants were pleased with the valuable information they received in the training sessions and the contacts they made through networking at the receptions and breaks. The structure of the training sessions was more popular with participants than the panel workshops of previous years. Participants left the final day of the Summit feeling like their time in Chicago was well spent. They were going back to their organizations with tips and advice they had gained at the Summit to improve their homeownership and economic development programs.

Although most had only positive remarks about the structure of the Summit, there were some suggestions on how to improve conferences in the future. While many participants stated that the sessions were full of valuable information, they thought there was not enough time to absorb all the knowledge the presenters had to offer. Thus, the sessions were not as productive as they could have been given the session length. In the future, session length should be extended. Also, some sessions were so popular that participants suggested these be offered twice to avoid conflicts with other popular sessions. Everyone wanted to see more copies of the materials, as well as a hard copy of the speakers’ slide presentations. Finally, participants proposed that although Chicago was a convenient location, they would like to see the conference moved out west. Some suggestions for next year’s conference were Seattle, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Albuquerque and San Diego.

The following sections of this report highlight:

û Key points raised in the various training sessions; û Issues discussed during the NAHASDA Listening Sessions; û Results of final day consultation; and û New HUD technical assistance products available to tribes.

Track Overview This section of the report emphasizes some of the key points addressed during the training sessions.

Rental Housing Track Sessions – The Basics; Finance; Incorporating LIHTC in Your Rental

Housing Program; Designing an Effective Special Needs Rental Program; LIHTC in Action; Rental Alternative

Facilitators – Paul Caouette, HUD Community Builder and Luke Toyebo, National American Indian Housing Council

Speakers – Frank Pertrovich, Jr., Cook Inlet Housing Authority; David Southerland, Cherokee Nation Housing; Bill Picotte, Oti Kaga, Inc.; Brenda Bouthot, Kodiak Island Housing Authority; Curtis Cook, AARP; Jane Barrett, Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority; Don Fancher, Executive Director, AVCP Housing Authority

Deputy Counsel, Counsel I-IV

Description: Please Note: The initial assignment for this position will be representing Child Welfare Services. Under general supervision, performs legal work of a routine to complex nature in representing the County and providing advice and counsel to the Board of Supervisors and County management staff and commissions and committees; performs related work as assigned. Distinguishing Characteristics This is a multi-level class in which incumbents may be assigned to any of four levels, dependin...

Description:

Please Note: The initial assignment for this position will be representing Child Welfare Services.

Under general supervision, performs legal work of a routine to complex nature in representing the County and providing advice and counsel to the Board of Supervisors and County management staff and commissions and committees; performs related work as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is a multi-level class in which incumbents may be assigned to any of four levels, depending upon experience, proficiency gained, and the complexity of assigned projects. The work may be related to any of a number of legal specialty areas and normally includes providing legal services for one or more County departments and their associated elected officials and appointed boards and commissions. Involvement in formal litigation, discretionary powers, and direction of the work of other professional staff increase as incumbents progress through the various levels. Deputy County Counsel IV is considered to be the highest level non-supervisory class, fully capable of working independently in any number of specialist areas and provides direction and training to less experienced staff. While expertise may be gained in a specialized area, incumbents may direct or assist with legal matters in any area of county agency law. These classes are distinguished from Assistant County Counsel in that the latter is a full supervisory class with responsibility for a major area of County legal matters and may act as the County Counsel on a relief basis.

Examples of Duties

Qualifications
Knowledge of:

Skill in:

Other Requirements:

Desirable Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:

Working Conditions & Additional Information
CalPERS Retirement

Selection Procedure:
The County’s Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations. A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.

Policy of Nondiscrimination
The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

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