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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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SC commerce secretary discusses where state could be poised for economic success in future

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s economic leader said the state faces increasingly tight competition among its neighbors to persuade companies to move here.But he added hundreds of businesses are considering calling the Palmetto State home in the future.So far this year, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said the state has won 93 projects of companies relocating or expanding, which he said will bring around 5,000 jobs, around half of them in rural areas.“We actually have over 500 acti...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s economic leader said the state faces increasingly tight competition among its neighbors to persuade companies to move here.

But he added hundreds of businesses are considering calling the Palmetto State home in the future.

So far this year, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said the state has won 93 projects of companies relocating or expanding, which he said will bring around 5,000 jobs, around half of them in rural areas.

“We actually have over 500 active projects of companies that are looking to locate somewhere in South Carolina,” he said.

Lightsey told members of the Midlands business community at a Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center “Business Over Lunch” event Monday that his department is focusing right now on how it can keep that success going into the future.

He said that includes evaluating which parts of the state could be especially attractive to growing companies and restructuring the incentives the state offers to persuade them to move to South Carolina.

“We’re going to look really hard at our incentive structure and see what we can do to support businesses — may be businesses that are just getting started or can’t make huge amounts of capital investment or create thousands of jobs but can be meaningful to the state going forward,” Lightsey said.

While manufacturing has been a key component of South Carolina’s economy over the last several decades and continues to be, Lightsey said industries like health and life sciences are where they believe the state is poised for more growth, pointing to the success of companies like West Columbia-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals.

“South Carolina has great assets in that area, and I think we can be very successful,” he said. “Just over the last few years, the fastest-growing sector in the South Carolina economy, and so we’ve had success and we intend to build on that.”

Looking to the future, Lightsey said he wants to continue developing project sites by installing infrastructure including utilities, saying when companies are thinking about relocating to South Carolina, one of the main factors under their consideration is how quickly they can get operations up and running.

The commerce secretary said he would also like to see the state and its businesses focus more on keeping graduates of South Carolina’s colleges and universities in South Carolina after they graduate.

“They don’t have to leave this state in order to work in the technology sector or to do exciting genetic research or to do work at the cutting edge of the aerospace industry or the automobile industry,” he said. “All of those types of jobs are available right here in South Carolina.”

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Columbia Animal Services is continuing free pet adoptions.

The adoption period for September is running from Sept. 16 - Sept. 21.

Adoptions are taking place at Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia SC, 29209.

“We are looking forward to participating in this year’s annual Clear the Shelters event. Clear the Shelters is a great opportunity for shelter pets to find homes and it also helps ease capacity issues in local shelters. All adoptions will be free for the duration of the event, September 16 – September 21, making this the perfect opportunity to adopt,” said Victoria Riles Columbia Animal Services Superintendent.

More information about pet adoptions can be found at the link here.

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Conservative lawmakers looking into pediatric transgender services at SC hospital

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — A viral tweet from a conservative research group claims patients as young as four years old in South Carolina have received gender affirming care, like hormone therapy, through a hospital’s pediatric endocrinology clinic.Over the weekend, the American Accountability Foundation tweeted an excerpt from a research report on the number of transgender youth who had visite...

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — A viral tweet from a conservative research group claims patients as young as four years old in South Carolina have received gender affirming care, like hormone therapy, through a hospital’s pediatric endocrinology clinic.

Over the weekend, the American Accountability Foundation tweeted an excerpt from a research report on the number of transgender youth who had visited the Medical University of South Carolina’s Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. The report states the age range of patients that had visited the clinic for first visits was between the ages of 4 to 18.

According to the report, 38% of patients didn’t receive endocrine medications. The rest of the patients received either puberty blockers or hormone affirming therapy.

The authors of the report wrote about the benefits of offering gender affirming care and said, “In the future, hopefully more patients and at younger ages will be referred to affirming providers so that medical options such as pubertal suppression and mental health support can be discussed with patients and families.”

Members of the conservative South Carolina Freedom Caucus said they were shocked by this. Representative Adam Morgan (R-Greenville) said, “I just cannot wrap my mind around four, five, and six-years-old, I mean somebody even discussing this stuff with them.”

Rep. Morgan said during an interview Monday afternoon they would be looking into this, “Let’s let kids be kids. Who are the adults in their lives pushing this woke, perverted discussions?”

Monday morning, hospital officials said the claims that youth as young as four-years-old received hormone therapy are false. They said, “This is not appropriate medical practice in pediatric endocrinology. Children presenting with gender dysphoria and children with related psychological and behavioral issues do not receive hormone therapies before puberty.”

Rep. Morgan said, “How can they say these four, five, six year old’s aren’t receiving these treatments? We’ll find out.”

According to a MUSC spokesperson, the abstract in the original tweet was presented in 2021 and “does not reflect an official statement from MUSC leadership or about the current state of services the MUSC Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic provides to patients.”

Earlier this year, state lawmakers included a budget proviso that prohibited MUSC from using state money to fund or support the gender transition of a minor under 16. MUSC said they have taken steps to operate in compliance with this proviso.

LGBTQ advocates in South Carolina say gender affirming care is essential for transgender youth and have spoken out against the budget proviso.

South Carolina Wildlife magazine goes digital!

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Wildlife magazine, in partnership with the South Carolina State Library, is proud to announce that many of its almost seventy years’ worth of magazines are available to the public in digital form at no cost.“The South Carolina State Library is pleased to partner with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to digitize the South Carolina Wildlife magazine collection,” said South Carolina State Library Director Leesa Aiken. “The South Carolina Sta...

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Wildlife magazine, in partnership with the South Carolina State Library, is proud to announce that many of its almost seventy years’ worth of magazines are available to the public in digital form at no cost.

“The South Carolina State Library is pleased to partner with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to digitize the South Carolina Wildlife magazine collection,” said South Carolina State Library Director Leesa Aiken. “The South Carolina State Library is committed to protecting and promoting cultural heritage in the state and providing equal access to information. Additionally, digitization of the South Carolina Wildlife magazine provides us with an opportunity to highlight our incredibly diverse state and resources. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of South Carolina’s natural heritage for generations to come.”

The link to access all the South Carolina Wildlife (SCW) issues that have been digitized so far is: https://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/39394. Visitors to this site are not required to have a South Carolina State Library card, although the free card will open a world of information to those who possess it — visit: https://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/.

“For seven decades, South Carolina Wildlife has been centered in the heart of many homes, with special memories tied to it,” said SCW Editor Joey Frazier. “The digitization of this iconic magazine offers us a way to look back in time at the evolution of our state’s natural resources agency and the ages and stages of the magazine itself. The South Carolina State Library made it all possible.”

“We are very excited about the South Carolina Wildlife magazine archive project and the progress that has been made at the South Carolina State Library,” said SCW Associate Editor and Marketing Manager Cindy Thompson. “Our staff is extremely grateful for the Library’s support for South Carolina Wildlife and the emphasis that their staff has put on preserving each issue of the magazine for future generations. This is an extraordinary initiative that our small staff would not be able to accomplish without their help.”

The digital archive project started in August 2021, when the Library got in touch with SCW staff at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, which publishes the magazine. SCDNR Director Robert H. Boyles Jr. signed a letter of partnership with the Library, and the Library’s staff began to work its magic.

In addition to preserving each page of South Carolina Wildlife, which began publishing in 1954, the Library’s staff also catalogues the “metadata,” a library science word that means “a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.” In plain English, that means that entering metadata for each issue allows a person to search by key words to find the content that interests them.

It’s a laborious, time-consuming process, and so far the Library has digitized up to the year 1981. It may take a year or more to digitize all SCW issues up until a year before the present date, where the Library will stop, out of courtesy to South Carolina Wildlife’s current subscribers.

South Carolina Wildlife (SCW) magazine, a showcase for the state’s natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities, earns respect among its peers and subscribers year after year. A multiple-award-winning publication devoted exclusively to South Carolina’s great outdoors, SCW gets the attention of readers across the Palmetto State and beyond with excellent feature writing, photography, and design. SCW has been published by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources continuously since 1954 and has for many become a part of the state’s outdoor heritage. For more information about South Carolina Wildlife magazine, or to subscribe and receive the magazine in print, visit http://www.scwildlife.com/subscribe.html.

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. The Library is a national model for innovation, collaboration, leadership, and effectiveness. The Library’s mission is to serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment.

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A discussion on World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

According to the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association someone around the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about every three seconds. Six million Americans and about 95,000 South Carolinians live with the disease.“What you realize is the person with Alzheimer’s is not just losing their memory, they’re losing cognitive function. Things like spatial reasoning. Things related to finding their words like aphasia. You can have mor...

According to the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association someone around the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about every three seconds. Six million Americans and about 95,000 South Carolinians live with the disease.

“What you realize is the person with Alzheimer’s is not just losing their memory, they’re losing cognitive function. Things like spatial reasoning. Things related to finding their words like aphasia. You can have more falls with someone with dementia,” says Taylor Wilson, Director of Government Affairs with the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association.

Wilson says be open to having a conversation if you notice a loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

“I always tell people that the best option is to talk to the person first. Just because someone has dementia does not mean that they’re not still in charge of their own autonomy; that they don’t still have opinions about how their care should be treated. And also there’s a lot more willingness to go to the doctor if a loved one comes to you and doesn’t just tell you to go. So it’s a conversation not an order. The other thing is to make sure you include their spouse or primary caregiver in that conversation because they may not be noticing the same changes you and I do, because they see them on a daily basis and they just acclimate to what their needs are,” Wilson says.

Wilson wants to remind caregivers that they are not alone in this experience.

“I think the first best practice is to get support. And I think that you can do that through our helpline which is 1-800-272-3900. It’s available 24/7. They speak over 200 languages. They’re available to help you get started because it feels very daunting,” says Wilson.

Research from the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association now suggests that a person’s brain can show warning signs of dementia up to 20 years before the person experiences any symptoms.

“What we’re really trying to work on is research around diagnosing without symptoms. And so that gets into blood biomarkers and pet imaging and different imaging options. So we’re very invested in that research and hopefully one day we’ll be able to stop dementia in its tracks before it even starts to cause issues of activities of daily living of someone who is effected,” says Wilson.

If you’re interested in helping with the fight against Alzheimer’s, the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will happen in Columbia the morning of October 8th.

7 things to know about the Columbia SC Greek Festival happening soon

Great food and entertainment await visitors to the annual Greek Festival in Columbia this week.Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the 35th annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, at 1931 Sumter Street. The popular event is expected to feature more than 20 vendors, a wide selection of Greek food dishes, Greek folk dancing and church tours.While the Greek festiv...

Great food and entertainment await visitors to the annual Greek Festival in Columbia this week.

Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the 35th annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, at 1931 Sumter Street. The popular event is expected to feature more than 20 vendors, a wide selection of Greek food dishes, Greek folk dancing and church tours.

While the Greek festival is a long-standing annual tradition, the COVID-19 pandemic greatly disrupted it the last two years, meaning some residents could be confused about event operations this year.

Here are the top seven things to know about the upcoming Greek Festival.

Last year, the Greek Festival was forced to be drive through only because of a resurgence in COVID-19. That came after the festival had to cancel completely in 2020 because of the pandemic.

As on Monday, however, the festival is set to be back in full force like normal and open to the public.

Holy Trinity is encouraging all visitors to visit the cathedral to see the newly completed narthex iconography and cathedral iconography. Visitors are also invited to tour the cathedral’s new sanctuary. Visitors are asked to wear modest dress and not bring food or drinks into the church.

Visit the new sanctuary at the following times:

There will be some first-come, first-served surface road parking on the surrounding streets. Also, several neighboring churches and businesses will rent parking spaces in their lots during the four-day festival.

While service animals are welcomed to the festival, bringing regular pets is discouraged. The festival’s website says there will big crowds and plenty of distractions that could make the event unsafe for pets.

There is no charge to enter the Greek Festival grounds. To find out about food prices, pick up a free festival brochure when you arrive. All gift vendors and most of the food booths will accept credit cards.

If you need some cash though, the festival will have three ATMs on site.

Visitors won’t have to choose between a fun day out at the festival or watching their favorite football teams playing this weekend. The festival will have an outside Taverna that will include several TVs for watching Saturday and Sunday football.

This story was originally published September 13, 2022 5:00 AM.

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