Trademark Attorney in Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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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Steve Spurrier still ageless in induction into South Carolina Football Hall of Fame

Steve Spurrier slid into a brown cushioned chair in the Congaree ballroom at the Hilton Greenville, glared into the slews of cameras before him and cracked an ear-to-ear grin. “Media Days Greenville, eh?” Spurrier quipped in his prolific Southern drawl as a nod to the Southeastern Conference’s annual event that concluded Thursday in Hoover, Alabama. Perched behind a conference room table, Spurrier regaled reporters with stories of the distant past and years not so far gone. He recalled the night Jadeveon Clown...

Steve Spurrier slid into a brown cushioned chair in the Congaree ballroom at the Hilton Greenville, glared into the slews of cameras before him and cracked an ear-to-ear grin.

“Media Days Greenville, eh?” Spurrier quipped in his prolific Southern drawl as a nod to the Southeastern Conference’s annual event that concluded Thursday in Hoover, Alabama.

Perched behind a conference room table, Spurrier regaled reporters with stories of the distant past and years not so far gone. He recalled the night Jadeveon Clowney took in a basketball game at Colonial Life Arena as a recruit and fans began chanting his name. He spoke about the day Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson marched into Death Valley in 2012 and stole South Carolina’s fourth consecutive win over Clemson.

Together, Spurrier’s razor sharp wit and vivid memories offered another glimpse into the Head Ball Coach’s perplexing youth despite his 76 years of age as the former USC and Florida head coach was inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

“When you think of college football — the history of it, the evolution of the game and all the great people that step on the football field — you think of Coach Spurrier’s impact and how that influenced this game in a very grand way,” former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw said in his introduction speech. “For a long time now, he’s been a large part of what makes this game so great.”

During Thursday’s festivities, a brief video comprised of photos from Spurrier’s past stops were paired with slides honoring his accomplishments on the gridiron in a career that spanned more than 55 years.

Spurrier won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as an undergrad at Florida and later coached the Gators to their first national title in 1996. His coaching career bounced from the USFL to the NFL and from the ACC to the SEC. He’s also one of just four players to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

“I’m glad you waited till I left Clemson,” fellow 2021 South Carolina Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Tigers standout Charlie Waters joked in his speech, “because that’d have been embarrassing (for us) to have played you.”

Spurrier’s charisma, effervescent prose and borderline goofiness has long been part of what endeared him to fan bases in Columbia and Gainesville and disenchanted him from just about every other contingent in the SEC.

During his 17-minute address to the crowd of roughly 150 people, Spurrier sent onlookers into hysterics as he recounted an encounter with a Nebraska player ahead of the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

Before the game, both teams met for a pep rally. As Nebraska departed the staging area and South Carolina entered, a Cornhusker player turned and yelled toward USC’s head coach: “Hey Spurrier, 62-24” — a nod to Spurrier’s previous loss to No. 1 Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

After South Carolina outscored Nebraska 21-0 over the final three quarters en route to a 30-13 victory over the Cornhuskers that week, Spurrier paced along the field as his team celebrated the victory. Spotting a lone Nebraska player trotting off the playing surface, Spurrier yelled toward him: “Hey Nebraska, 30-13!”

“I did,” he conceded through a wry smile. “I did do that.”

On Thursday, Spurrier sat with a group that included his former Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations Jamie Speronis, his son Steve Jr., who’s in his second season coaching receivers at Mississippi State, and his wife of more than 50 years, Jerri.

As he began his remarks, Spurrier looked toward the woman who has been at his side for decades with a brief twinkle in his eyes and a softness in his words.

He explained how former South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee reached out to him regarding the Gamecocks’ opening in 2004. Around the same time, a North Carolina booster queried whether he’d be interested in the Tar Heels’ head coaching job. Out of work after being fired by the Washington Redskins, Spurrier told Jerri about both opportunities. One coaching job came open, the other didn’t.

“What about North Carolina?” Jerri asked puzzled when Steve told her they were headed to Columbia.

“That job didn’t open up, Jerri,” Steve assured.

Steve further entertained as he rattled off Jerri’s varying contributions to his teams over the years. Jerri sat with players’ parents every week despite access to a box. On a player’s birthday, she baked chocolate chip cookies so good Shaw said he can still taste them.

Spurrier also added that it was Jerri who drove talented but troublesome quarterback Stephen Garcia to and from his community service obligations after his third suspension from the team (a story Garcia later refuted on Twitter).

“That saying, ‘Behind every successful man is a strong woman’ — I think it’s ‘Beside every man is a strong woman,’ “ Spurrier said. “And Jerri has been beside me (for 50 years).”

These days Spurrier remains close to college football. He serves as an ambassador for the Florida athletic department, where he has grown increasingly close with Gators head coach Dan Mullen. Spurrier also quells his competitive streak as a rabid golfer.

But for a man who was born the same year World War II concluded, Thursday was another reminder of how the famed former head coach remains the youthful and tactful orator and delightful antagonist he’s always been.

When it comes to Steve Spurrier, age be damned.

First Alert Forecast: Hazy, hot, and humid today with a few storms possible too

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Haze and a little smoke still possible today from the fires burning out west. There’s an isolated chance of some afternoon storms too. First Alert Weather Headlines: · Skies are hazy today with partly cloudy conditions and a 20% chance of storms this afternoon. · High temps reach 93 today. · An area of low pressure moves over the Atlantic and has a 30% chance of tropical development in the next 5 days. · Saturday and Sunday look dry wit...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Haze and a little smoke still possible today from the fires burning out west. There’s an isolated chance of some afternoon storms too.

First Alert Weather Headlines:

· Skies are hazy today with partly cloudy conditions and a 20% chance of storms this afternoon.

· High temps reach 93 today.

· An area of low pressure moves over the Atlantic and has a 30% chance of tropical development in the next 5 days.

· Saturday and Sunday look dry with mostly sunny skies, highs are in the low 90s.

First Alert Weather Story:

We’ve got some haze and smoke from the wildfires out west today. It should be a little better than yesterday, but will reach farther south toward Orangeburg this time around. Air quality is considered to be good, but could dip down to the “moderate” range. If you have sensitivities to smoke, it would be best to stay indoors. Highs today are in the low 90s and we have plenty of humidity too. There’s a 20% chance of some isolated storms this afternoon.

High pressure to our northeast brings in drier air and gives us mostly sunny skies Saturday and Sunday. High temps are in the low 90s and lows are in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Monday the humidity goes back up and we see a 20% chance of showers and storms. Morning lows are in the low 70s and highs reach the low 90s by the afternoon.

A shortwave moves closer to the area Tuesday and increases our uplift in the atmosphere which brings a 40% chance of rain and thunder. The humidity should be rather high as well. Lows are in the mid 70s and highs reach the low 90.

Tropics:

We’re also keeping an eye on potential development in the tropics. An area of low pressure will move off the coast of Georgia. It lingers off the coast of SC and GA for the early part of next week before moving south over Florida. Right now, it has a low chance of tropical development (30% chance) in the next 5 days.

Today: Sunshine and clouds. Chance of afternoon storms (20%). Highs in the low 90s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 90s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 90s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Isolated Storms (20%). Highs in the low 90s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of showers and storms. Highs are in the low 90s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of showers and storms. Highs are in the low 90s.

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Accelerate SC releases recommendations for spending federal pandemic funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina’s top leaders are brainstorming how to spend the $8.8 million given to the state by the American Rescue Plan Act to help pull us out of the pandemic. It was a reunion of sorts for Accelerate SC, the organization that was formed to fight the impacts of COVID-19. Governor McMaster said earlier this month that he wanted the funds to have a lasting effect, as opposed to being a temporary expenditure. Accelerate SC agrees. The group is focused on expanding the state’s b...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina’s top leaders are brainstorming how to spend the $8.8 million given to the state by the American Rescue Plan Act to help pull us out of the pandemic. It was a reunion of sorts for Accelerate SC, the organization that was formed to fight the impacts of COVID-19.

Governor McMaster said earlier this month that he wanted the funds to have a lasting effect, as opposed to being a temporary expenditure.

Accelerate SC agrees.

The group is focused on expanding the state’s biggest economic drivers, taking a look at the eight topics from the S.C. Ports Authority, to the Workforce Development/Retraining, Agribusiness/Agriculture, Non-Profit Relief Fund Program, Education Initiative, Tourism, Law Enforcement/Emergency Management, and the Business Grant Program Update.

The ports did well during the pandemic, as quarantine led to more reliance on the shipping industry.

Pam Lackey, a South Carolina Ports Authority Board Member and member of Accelerate SC said, “what we all thought might happen—didn’t happen during the pandemic, in fact, people started ordering more stuff”.

Now, the ports are looking to expand, which could cost $350 million with projects that include their naval base facility and additional container barge infrastructure.

Also considered, a request to continue the Workforce Development/Retraining program for 3 years at $12 million a year. The program ultimately grants scholarships and covers the cost of training for critical workforce areas.

James Burns, the Chairman for Accelerate SC said this program, “is creating jobs, this is people going into jobs, this is people going into high demand jobs and by all accounts has been a very successful program”.

While specific topics and programs were discussed, so was a general fund to set aside in case another economic or health crisis arises.

Burns went on, “right now, our economy is smoking right—18 months, 24 months from now, we may run into some hiccups along the way…having some funds that we can deploy to the emergency unemployment insurance trust fund so that rates aren’t raised on businesses at a time when moving the way it is is something that can be looked at”.

While none of the recommendations are yet set, we will be sure to update if and when that happens.

DHEC says worst of wildfire smoke to linger into Friday

Agency officials say the West coast wildfires should clear before weekend Columbia, SC (WOLO) — The smoke filled air that we’ve been telling you could be headed this way from the wildfires that continue to burn through more than a million acres from areas of central and western Canada, and the West coast are now here. According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says the haze filled sky can be seen throughout parts of South Carolina and according to the health agency, as of Thursday has ...

Agency officials say the West coast wildfires should clear before weekend

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — The smoke filled air that we’ve been telling you could be headed this way from the wildfires that continue to burn through more than a million acres from areas of central and western Canada, and the West coast are now here.

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says the haze filled sky can be seen throughout parts of South Carolina and according to the health agency, as of Thursday has blown into two thirds of the northern part of the Palmetto State.

Health officials say while the smoke from the burning wildfires that is now impacting the east coast can cause eye irritability, respiratory difficulties and in some cases make chronic heart and lung diseases even worse.

DHEC says we are beginning to see the worst of it now Thursday night into Friday morning. Officials anticipate that all regions with the exception of the low-country will be impacted until winds offshore help blow it out of the area and clear the air just in time for the weekend.

Until that happens, the agency says their wildfire health alert remains in effect. Anyone who suffers from respiratory complications is asked to reduce the amount of time spent outside. Officials say it’s also a good idea to keep windows and doors closed and run air with the air intake closed and filter clean to limit the amount of smoke that is able to get in your space that could cause irritation.

For more tips on how to keep the smoke at bay, or to find out how you can prepare for the smoke before it hits your area you can click on the links DHEC has provided below.

For more information, please visit DHEC’s website at: https://scdhec.gov/disaster-preparedness/wildfires-protect-yourself.

For more information about the location of the wildfires, please visit: https://fire.airnow.gov.

As state unemployment falls, employers and workers say they may still face issues with hiring

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Kentwan Lake left the Drew Wellness Center in Columbia on Thursday with a bag full of forms, pamphlets, and information: the sign of a busy morning as he tries to find a job. “I saw a few things that caught my interest, so I took that opportunity and applied for those positions,” Lake said. Lake was one of many who took that first step toward employment Thursday at a community job fair in Columbia. The fair was organized by City Council Member Tameika Isaac Devine and featured 20 employ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Kentwan Lake left the Drew Wellness Center in Columbia on Thursday with a bag full of forms, pamphlets, and information: the sign of a busy morning as he tries to find a job.

“I saw a few things that caught my interest, so I took that opportunity and applied for those positions,” Lake said.

Lake was one of many who took that first step toward employment Thursday at a community job fair in Columbia.

The fair was organized by City Council Member Tameika Isaac Devine and featured 20 employers, some of whom were hiring on the spot.

But Lake said in his experience, getting a job isn’t as simple as filling out an application.

“It’s extremely difficult when you’re coming from a background where you have felonies, you know, felony convictions on your record,” he said. “A lot of employers, they don’t want to consider hiring you due to background.”

The job fair also offered resources to help people with barriers keeping them from working, like not having transportation or the education required for certain jobs.

“Sometimes, the narrative that people have that people are sitting home and don’t want to work, of course, is not true, but this proves it,” Isaac Devine said. “People want to work, and they just need the opportunity.”

The job fair came about three weeks after South Carolina ended federal expanded unemployment benefits, following an order from Gov. Henry McMaster, who said the termination of benefits was necessary to address the state’s workforce shortage.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported the state’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly, from 4.6% in May to 4.5% in June, as more people find jobs. But many employers say they are still struggling to hire.

Abby Scott boothed a table at the fair for Carolina Conditions, looking to hire for five positions, including plumbers and electricians.

But so many other businesses are hiring right now as well.

“We’re offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for qualified technicians, and we still don’t have as many as I’d like,” Scott said.

Her company faces hurdles, too, as its jobs require specific qualifications and training.

“There are already a limited number of people within the trades, and then on top of this atmosphere with COVID and everything like that, it’s definitely more difficult to find qualified people who want new jobs,” Scott said.

But some job seekers, like Lake, said they are determined to not let their obstacles stop them.

“You could get 1,000 no’s before you get one yes, and that should be the turning point, you know,” he said.

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