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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.

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.

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How Sausser Summers, PC Flat Fee Trademark Service Works

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

Our three-step process lets you:

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

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.

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*USPTO filing fee of $250 for one international class is included, as mentioned above. Additional fees will apply if multiple classes. If you have any questions about the total cost please contact us prior to submitting this form.

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Flames shoot through roof as fire damages mall in Columbia, officials say

A fire damaged businesses at a shopping mall in Columbia on Monday night, according to the Irmo Fire District.The two-alarm commercial structure fire was at the ...

A fire damaged businesses at a shopping mall in Columbia on Monday night, according to the Irmo Fire District.

The two-alarm commercial structure fire was at the strip mall in the 3600 block of Bush River Road, the fire district said in a news release. That’s next to Bursdowne Road, near the intersection with St. Andrews Road.

No injuries were reported, according to the release.

Information if any of the businesses at the mall were still open when the fire occurred was not available. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, one of the businesses in the shopping center, lists that it’s open until 9 p.m., according to the store’s website.

In addition to the Irmo Fire District, crews with Lexington County Fire Service, West Columbia Fire Department, and Cayce Fire Department also responded to emergency calls about the blaze.

“The large number of firefighters that responded saved the bulk of the strip mall, preventing the fire from spreading and limiting damage to a few occupancies on one end,” the fire district said in the release.

There was no word which businesses were damaged, but video of the fire shows flames shooting through the roof at the end of the mall where Sugar Daddy’s Jazz Cafe and the Hair Power hairstylist shop are located.

Information about the extent of the damages, and if any businesses are considered a total loss, was not available.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the release. Information about where the fire originated was not available.

The fire district did not say if foul play was suspected.

This story was originally published January 17, 2023 7:44 AM.

SC lawmakers want to reshuffle how SC works to boost jobs

COLUMBIA — South Carolina statehouse leadership is backing legislation that will reshuffle oversight of the state’s workforce development efforts.Speaker of the House Murrell Smith, along with members of a special committee he created to brainstorm ways to attract more industry to South Carolina, announced a bill Jan. 18 to create what the lawmakers are calling the Office of Statewide Workforce Development within the state Department of Employment and Workforce.The office will be charged with coordinating all state-...

COLUMBIA — South Carolina statehouse leadership is backing legislation that will reshuffle oversight of the state’s workforce development efforts.

Speaker of the House Murrell Smith, along with members of a special committee he created to brainstorm ways to attract more industry to South Carolina, announced a bill Jan. 18 to create what the lawmakers are calling the Office of Statewide Workforce Development within the state Department of Employment and Workforce.

The office will be charged with coordinating all state-funded workforce development programs, making sure those programs run by various agencies are all delivering on their goals and following a uniform plan for improving and growing the state’s workforce.

“We have a myriad of organizations and resources right now,” said Rep. Jay West, R-Anderson, who chairs the special committee charged with examining the state workforce, utilities, roads and high-speed internet to make it more competitive.

West went on to say that by funneling all of the state’s workforce programs to one place, it will allow a coordinator to run cost benefit and performance analyses to track the outcomes of each program and report back the effectiveness to lawmakers.

Other tenets of the legislation include an annual industry and educational supply gap analysis, determining the types of open jobs in the state and the number of upcoming college graduates available to fill them.

On the side of education, the office will measure the current and future skills needed by industry and whether the state’s colleges and job training programs are teaching those skills as part of their various degree programs, West said.

The office will host information portals, informing users on the skills needed for a particular type of job, where to learn them and expected pay.

SCDEW, the cabinet agency where the new office will be housed, already offers a number of these types of services itself.

The agency’s SC Works program has both online and in-person counseling for job seekers. These centers, scattered around the state, help people “network with employers, conduct skills assessments, assist with resume writing and interviews, and even support with childcare assistance or transportation,” SCDEW Executive Director Dan Ellzey said in an earlier statement related to efforts by the agency.

The agency also oversees a back-to-work program for those in homeless shelters, a second-chance program working with the state’s prison population, a catalog of academic programs, and apprenticeships for in-demand occupations and free workforce training for those receiving unemployment benefits.

A major focus of the new office will be on improving workforce participation in the Palmetto State.

Only 56.4 percent of eligible adults in South Carolina were working or looking for work at the end of 2022, the fourth-lowest figure in the country and behind 62.1 percent nationally.

A pair of studies by SCDEW and labor-force participation task force last year set out to determine why.

One issue is the population is getting older. And with the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, those who may have been near or contemplating retirement chose to leave the workforce, either for health reasons or being laid off amid government mandated closures.

University of South Carolina economist Joey Von Nessen said a booming stock market and ballooning 401Ks also aided in making early retirement possible.

While this phenomenon is not unique to South Carolina, the state boasts a larger aging population than many others, meaning it was more heavily impacted.

Best estimates show that South Carolina lost roughly 80,000 workers from 2019 to 2022, Von Nessen said. Of those, about half were of or near retirement age, leaving a pool of 40,000 people the state could target to bring back into the workforce.

Meanwhile, the state has roughly 168,000 open jobs, according to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Former SC prison officer arrested after having sex with inmate, officials say

A Richland County woman was recently fired by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and the former correctional officer was arrested on multiple charges after having sex with an inmate, officials said.Shanelle Betterson Eichelberger was charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and ...

A Richland County woman was recently fired by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and the former correctional officer was arrested on multiple charges after having sex with an inmate, officials said.

Shanelle Betterson Eichelberger was charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and misconduct in office, S.C. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain said in a news release.

Richland County court records show the 35-year-old Columbia resident was arrested on Jan. 6, but the arrest warrants weren’t released by the South Carolina Department of Corrections inspector general until Jan. 12, according to Shain.

Eichelberger was a correctional officer at Manning Reentry/Work Release Center, according to the release. The prison is a male-only, minimum security facility that currently houses 516 inmates, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections. It’s near Exit 71 on Interstate 20, which is the junction with U.S. 21/Wilson Boulevard.

On Dec. 21, 2022, Eichelberger had “sexual intercourse” with an inmate whose name was not made public, according to an arrest warrant.

A video of the sexual encounter was recorded on a cellphone, an arrest warrant said. Both Eichelberger and the male inmate admitted they were the people recorded in the video having sex, according to arrest warrants.

Court records show a $10,000 personal recognizance bond was issued on Jan. 9, and Eichelberger is not currently listed on the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center inmate roster.

Eichelberger is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 24, according to court records.

If convicted on the felony first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate charge, Eichelberger faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to South Carolina law. A conviction on the misdemeanor misconduct in office charge carries a maximum punishment of a year behind bars, a $1,000 fine, and anyone convicted on the charge must forfeit the office, according to state law.

This story was originally published January 17, 2023 10:44 AM.

Peak Drift Brewing Company opens a state-of-the-art production facility in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Peak Drift Brewing Company opened a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Columbia this week.The facility, on North Main Street in Columbia, is a 25,000-square-foot production facility. The company has plans to open a 65,000-square-foot brewery complex later this year said the Peak Drift leadership team.Peak Drift celebrated the opening of the production facility at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 18. The event included South Carolina’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Murrel...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Peak Drift Brewing Company opened a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Columbia this week.

The facility, on North Main Street in Columbia, is a 25,000-square-foot production facility. The company has plans to open a 65,000-square-foot brewery complex later this year said the Peak Drift leadership team.

Peak Drift celebrated the opening of the production facility at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 18. The event included South Carolina’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Murrell Smith, Jr., Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston, City of Columbia Councilwoman Aditi Bussells, and President and CEO of the Columbia Chamber Carl Blackstone.

“As long as I’m in the House, I’m going to partner with businesses like Peak Drift to make sure that breweries continue to thrive across our state because they provide entertainment and enhance the quality of life, both of which are important to South Carolina,” said Speaker of the House Murrell Smith, Jr. “I know Peak Drift is going to be a centerpiece of the North Main area, and I am proud to be part of it.”

Peak Drift is transforming the former Stone Manufacturing Company facility into a one-of-a-kind complex with indoor-outdoor dining, lounge areas, a full bar, entertainment, and more.

“We’re excited to officially celebrate the opening of our new production facility and have distinguished guests and local community members join us at our ribbon cutting,” says Sara Middleton Styles, co-owner of Peak Drift. “Our vision is to create an innovative, environmentally conscious company that promotes life’s peak moments and helps move our region forward.”

According to a press release, the goal of the complex is to become a focal part of Columbia and the state of South Carolina.

“We are excited about this new business venture in our city,” says City Councilwoman Aditi Bussells. “This significant project is one step closer toward Columbia becoming a real destination to live, work and play. Columbia is fortunate to have local entrepreneurs who have such vision and are willing to make investments in our capital city. The opening of the Peak Drift Brewing Company marks a bold step toward elevating the business landscape and energizing our local economy.”

As of right now, the facility is for production and packaging, Peak Drift states the company is committed to using innovative approaches and environmentally conscious equipment, including in-house fruit processing equipment for better sours and hard ciders.

For more information on where to purchase Peak Drift products, you can visit here.

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Capital City Fireworks to light up the sky over downtown Columbia on New Year's Eve

The city says the best viewing area for the fireworks display will be on the north side of the South Carolina State House.COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia will have a fireworks show to ring in the New Year in downtown Columbia, officials announced Wednesday.The event will be known as the "Capital City Fireworks" and is designed to be a special way to ring in the new year on Saturday, December 31, 2022.The city says the best viewing...

The city says the best viewing area for the fireworks display will be on the north side of the South Carolina State House.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia will have a fireworks show to ring in the New Year in downtown Columbia, officials announced Wednesday.

The event will be known as the "Capital City Fireworks" and is designed to be a special way to ring in the new year on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

The city says the best viewing area of the fireworks display will be on the north side of the South Carolina State House along Gervais Street and Main Street.

Several roads will be closed around the State House ahead of the fireworks display. Visitors are encouraged to use free on-street meter parking or complimentary parking in our downtown parking facilities.

The city had done a fireworks display for years as part of the Famously Hot New Year celebration that began in 2011. That event also included concerts and food vendors.

Famously Hot, which was South Carolina's largest was cancelled as an in-person event in both 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back in April of this year, the city announced they were ending Famously Hot for good. At the time, event organizers encouraged people to "create new traditions around the holiday that include enjoying all that our vibrant region has to offer.”

Road Closures

South Main Street between Pendleton and College streets will be shut down at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st. The road will not reopen to traffic until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st.

Pendleton Street and College Street will be closed to traffic between Assembly Street and Sumter Street beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st. The roads will not reopen to traffic until 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st.

Gervais Street along the north side of the State House between Assembly Street and Sumter Street will also be closed to traffic at 11:00 p.m. for the fireworks viewing area. The street will open back up when the viewing area is cleared after the firework display concludes.

Parking

The City of Columbia is offering complimentary parking for the New Year’s Eve holiday. Parking gates will be raised at all gated City parking facilities on Friday, December 30th at 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday, January 3rd at 2:00 a.m.

For more information on parking in the City of Columbia and to view all of our parking facilities, please visit parking.columbiasc.gov.

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