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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 Hilton Head Island 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 Hilton Head Island 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 Hilton Head Island 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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Visitors, residents celebrate Labor Day on Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, Sc. (WTOC) - People are celebrating Labor Day all over our area today, including on the beaches on Hilton Head Island.It’s more crowded than it was earlier in the day but still less packed than you might expect for the last big holiday of summer. Some folks came out despite the weather for a bunch of different reasons.”Labor Day always a beach somewhere. This is our first time to Hilton Head Island in many years,” said Cindy Perfater.She’s happy to be back with family and frien...

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, Sc. (WTOC) - People are celebrating Labor Day all over our area today, including on the beaches on Hilton Head Island.

It’s more crowded than it was earlier in the day but still less packed than you might expect for the last big holiday of summer. Some folks came out despite the weather for a bunch of different reasons.

”Labor Day always a beach somewhere. This is our first time to Hilton Head Island in many years,” said Cindy Perfater.

She’s happy to be back with family and friends. To no surprise, that’s a common theme out here.

”We’re here to do like a celebration, it was his birthday and obviously it’s Labor Day so we want to make sure we’re out here having some fun. We’re from East Tennessee so we wanted to come out here and enjoy the beach,” said Justin Karsten and Drew Devoti.

Those guys aren’t letting the weather rain on their parade and neither is this one.

”It’s still better than being inside or anywhere else. Even if it’s raining it’s still the beach,” said Gordon Perfater.

Shore beach service says they’re ready to keep you safe no matter how many other people are out here with you.

”We’ve got lifeguards stationed on the beach, we had a few come in for the weekend from school, so we’re ready for people so just swim near a lifeguard. It’s been a relatively calm weekend. One of the biggest things we usually see is kids getting lost, so the lifeguards spend a lot of time reuniting, but we really didn’t have that this weekend which was kind of nice,” said Mike Wagner, operations manager with Shore Beach Service.

The dog ordinance on the beaches of Hilton Head switches tomorrow so you’ll be able to bring your dog out here during the day on a leash and in the morning or at night. They can roam freely as long as they are trained to respond to your voice.

As daytime celebrations of Labor Day wind down and folks get ready for their night plans to take shape, some spots say the weekend was a little crazy, with crowds coming in nonstop from open till close.

Today, it’s calmed down a bit, but at the Ice Cream Cone they are giving these last few hours of summer business all they’ve got.

”It’s been a fantastic year and it’s the last big weekend so we have one last big push. We had some of the girls come in from college to help work, we were back at full staff for this one last big weekend and then we gear into our kinda offseason,” said Peter Savarese, owner of the Ice Cream Cone.

Pete said on Sunday, specifically, they had a line around the corner that went for about 50 yards.

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Bowman’s Travel Brief: The Golf Getaway

If you’re a golfer, or there’s a golfer in your life, have you or they ever taken a golf getaway?A trip where golf is the main focus?Sure, maybe the food, the nightlife, or the hotel or resort will be a talking point following the trip, but the true highlight of the travel experience is all about the golf.Whether it’s for a famous course or a destination well known for golf, it’s something every golfer should do in their lifetime.I spent this past weekend doing just that in Hilton Head Isla...

If you’re a golfer, or there’s a golfer in your life, have you or they ever taken a golf getaway?

A trip where golf is the main focus?

Sure, maybe the food, the nightlife, or the hotel or resort will be a talking point following the trip, but the true highlight of the travel experience is all about the golf.

Whether it’s for a famous course or a destination well known for golf, it’s something every golfer should do in their lifetime.

I spent this past weekend doing just that in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It’s a destination with mostly the family beach vacation traveler arriving by car or plane. Living in Georgia, I have made the drive with family before.

But my trip was all about the golf this time.

Hilton Head Island has over 20 championship golf courses, giving the golf traveler plenty of options. Courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye, and Davis Love III present some unique and challenging options.

You might even see an alligator or two during your round. I played on Saturday and Sunday and saw one at each course. The couple I was paired with on Saturday traveled from Minnesota to Hilton Head Island specifically for golf, wearing matching outfits and all. I loved it.

I am by no means a great golfer. But any day on the course is better than no day on the course – rain or shine. And exploring new courses in beautiful destinations? It’s hard to beat that.

The world is full of amazing golf courses with stunning scenery. So, what golf getaway will you help plan next?

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Hilton Head will be losing a unique equine experience. ‘One of the last little gems’

After five years, Driftwood Stable on Hilton Head is being forced to relocate due to development — a move the owner says reflects a negative trend on the island.Located at 200 Jonesville Road, stable volunteer Jada Saba said the area is “one of the last little gems” on Hilton Head. Live Oaks still thrive along the road, Saba said, and the space is a uniquely tranquil and spacious environment for the horses unmatched elsewhere on the island.Sondra Makowski, the stable’s owner and head riding instructor, s...

After five years, Driftwood Stable on Hilton Head is being forced to relocate due to development — a move the owner says reflects a negative trend on the island.

Located at 200 Jonesville Road, stable volunteer Jada Saba said the area is “one of the last little gems” on Hilton Head. Live Oaks still thrive along the road, Saba said, and the space is a uniquely tranquil and spacious environment for the horses unmatched elsewhere on the island.

Sondra Makowski, the stable’s owner and head riding instructor, said she learned last week the land was being rezoned for residential use. Makowski said surveyors have been on the property already. Sondra and her sister, Marlene Makowski, have until December to find new arrangements for their business — and the 17 horses the stable owns or boards.

“I always knew when I took over this place that, yes, it could be sold and probably eventually be developed, but I was hoping not for another 20 or 30 years,” Sondra Makowski said. “The landlord did at least give us the 60-day notice. We’re actually just coming up on our fifth anniversary ... so it’s a little bittersweet.”

The stable has been well-loved by Lowcountry residents since arriving from its original Georgia location. It was recently voted as the best horseback riding location in the Lowcountry, and Makowski said there are few places that offer the wide array of services Driftwood does.

The stable is one of the few places to offer horse riding lessons on the island.

Aside from teaching riding lessons year-round, Driftwood boards horses and has a team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. One of the stables riders even made it to the 2022 IEA national competition in Pennsylvania.

“IEA is great because the kids don’t have to have an expensive horse or expensive equipment. We go to the horse shows, and you pull a random horse that’s suitable for your division,” Makowski said. “I really love that program because it levels the playing field and gives opportunities for kids that may not have access to six-figure horses.”

Saba said the stable has offered many children, including her own, an irreplaceable activity they are attached to.

“My daughter on Friday night went to her room and made a video that broke my heart of her riding in the barn, and everything that the barn meant to her,” Saba said.

Driftwood also hosts non-competitive events that teach children how to take care of horses by shadowing Makowski.

“This place, it’s more than my home. It’s my livelihood,” Makowski said.

The marshland around Jonesville Road has been at the forefront of redevelopment in recent months, Saba said, with a new plot at the corner of Jonesville and Spanish Wells Road being prepared for housing as well.

Makowski said the redevelopment of the barn property would be another “concerning” loss of green space on Hilton Head.

Some early leads have emerged for relocation, Makowski said, but an ideal location with the space and facilities needed to continue all of Driftwood’s services is difficult to find and pay for. She’s hoping to launch fundraising efforts to help with the relocation and potentially connect with interested landowners.

“I want to stay as close as possible, just so I don’t lose a lot of my students,” Makowski said. “I started some of them from the ground up and they’re special to me. They’re like my kids, too.”

This story was originally published September 13, 2022 12:53 PM.

Women's Tennis Starts With Big Weekend At Wahoowa Invite

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Old Dominion women's tennis team opened its fall season in the Wahoowa Invitational and had a stellar weekend. ODU split eight doubles matches, while winning all 17 singles matches over the three days."It was a great first weekend for this year's team," said ODU Head Coach Dominic Manilla. "I was pleased to see just how ready we were to compete. Credit goes to the team for doing the work ov...

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Old Dominion women's tennis team opened its fall season in the Wahoowa Invitational and had a stellar weekend. ODU split eight doubles matches, while winning all 17 singles matches over the three days.

"It was a great first weekend for this year's team," said ODU Head Coach Dominic Manilla. "I was pleased to see just how ready we were to compete. Credit goes to the team for doing the work over the summer. Our singles were fantastic highlighted by Tanya's big win over the third-ranked player in the nation. We will take some time off to catch up on rest and academics before getting back to work."

Tatsiana Sasnouskaya, ranked 81st nationally entering the event, pulled the biggest win of the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 win over third-ranked Daria Frayman of Princeton. She also scored wins over Anastasiya Komar of LSU (6-2, 6-2) and Michaela Kucharova of West Virginia 7-6, (7-4), 6-2.

Alexandra Viktorovitch, ranked 78th nationally entering the weekend, scored wins over Tatiana Lipatova of West Virginia (6-3, 6-1), Safiya Carrington of LSU (6-2, 6-2) and Maia Sung of Princeton (1-6, 6-3, 10-4).

The doubles tandem of Sasnouskaya and Sofia Johnson, ranked 44th in the preseason poll, went 2-1 winning over Ting-Pei Chang and Lipatova of West Virginia (6-1) and the duo of Carrington and Komar of LSU (6-3). This was after dropping a 6-4 decision to Frayman and Joyce of Princeton in day one.

Old Dominion now heads to Hilton Head Island, S.C. in two weeks for the Sea Pines College Tournament hosted by the University of Georgia.

WAHOOWA INVITATIONAL RESULTS Doubles Sasnouskaya/Johnson (ODU) def. Chang/Lipatova (WVU) 6-1 Nagato/Kucharova (WVU) def. Viktorovitch/Isaacs 7-5 Sasnouskaya/Johnson (ODU) def. Carrington/Komar (LSU) 6-3 Biran/Yakubovich (ODU) def. Vishwase/Noor Carrington (LSU) 6-4 Viktorovitch/Isaacs (ODU) def. Rbinowitz/Longwell (LSU) 6-1 Frayman/Joyce (PU) def. Sasnouskaya/Johnson 6-4 Sung/Bennetto (PU) def. Biran/Yakubovich 6-2 Kucharova/Hsieh (WVU) def. Viktorovitch/Isaacs 6-2 Singles Tatsiana Sasouskaya (ODU) def. Kucharova (WVU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Alexandra Viktorovitch (ODU) def. Lipatova (WVU) 6-3, 6-1 Sofia Johnson (ODU) def. Nagato (WVU) 6-3, 6-4 Alesya Yakubovich (ODU) def. Chang (WVU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5) Allison Isaacs (ODU) def. Hsieh (WVU) 6-2, 6-2 Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Komar (LSU) 6-2, 6-2 Viktorovitch (ODU) def. Safiya Carrington (LSU) 6-3, 6-4 Johnson (ODU) def. Nina Geissler (LSU) 6-2, 6-2 Yakubovich (ODU) def. Mia Rabinowitz (LSU) 6-2, 6-2 Biran (ODU) def. Nikita Wishwase (LSU) 6-3, 6-4 Isaacs (ODU) def. Noor Carrington (LSU) 6-2 6-3 Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Frayman (PU) 6-2, 6-2 Viktorovitch (ODU) def. Sung (PU) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) Johnson (ODU) def. Bennetto (PU) 7-5, 6-2 Yakubovich (ODU) def. Kucharova (WVU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) Biran (ODU) def. Joyce (PU) 6-0, 7-5 Isaacs (ODU) def. Hsieh (WVU) 6-3, 6-4

SC home sales slide for 9th straight month amid budding signs of buyer’s market

The nine-month slide in home sales across South Carolina from rising lending rates has slowed the rapid pace of price increases and slightly boosted inventory amid emerging signs that sellers may no longer be driving the market.“We are seeing a turn from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market,” said Cindy Creamer, president of the Columbia-based S.C. Realtors Association and an agent with Dunes Real Estate on Hilton Head Island. “Houses are on the market longer, and we are seeing price reductions.”...

The nine-month slide in home sales across South Carolina from rising lending rates has slowed the rapid pace of price increases and slightly boosted inventory amid emerging signs that sellers may no longer be driving the market.

“We are seeing a turn from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market,” said Cindy Creamer, president of the Columbia-based S.C. Realtors Association and an agent with Dunes Real Estate on Hilton Head Island. “Houses are on the market longer, and we are seeing price reductions.”

Residential transactions dipped about 11 percent in August compared to the same month a year ago, according to data from the statewide trade group.

In August, 9,511 homes changed hands at a median price of $317,517, up nearly $38,000, or 13.4 percent, from a year earlier. The median price is also down about $11,500 from the record high set across the Palmetto State in June of $329,000.

So far this year through August, 75,542 residences have sold across the state at a median price of $314,233. Volume is down 7.6 percent while the price is up 17.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Even though volume is down, residential sales are still more than 13,500 higher than in 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic changed living patterns and led to record sales for the housing industry.

The Lowcountry and Midlands housing markets reported double-digit percentage sales declines last month while the Greenville-based Upstate region showed a slight uptick.

Charleston, the state’s largest market by volume, posted a 24.7 percent drop in closings while Columbia registered an 11.0 percent decline.

Myrtle Beach, the second-largest market in terms of sales, saw a pullback of 8.5 percent. Greenville saw a slight gain of less than 1 percent.

Almost all other regions in the state reported declines, except for markets based in Greenwood, Orangeburg and Sumter.

“We still have supply and demand,” Creamer said. “What we are seeing is more normalizing of the market.”

Pricewise, every metro market in South Carolina posted double-digit percentage increases.

Hilton Head Island continued to lead the state with the highest median price of $459,500. Rock Hill, in the growing suburbs of Charlotte, came in second at $408,745.

Charleston slipped to third place with a median price of almost $390,000 with Beaufort not far behind at $366,500.

Myrtle Beach and Greenville also posted prices in the low $300,000s.

Several areas reported median prices above $200,000, including Aiken, Anderson, Columbia, Greenwood, Florence, North Augusta, Orangeburg, Spartanburg and Sumter.

The Upstate county of Cherokee between Spartanburg and Rock Hill posted the only rate below $200,000.

Would-be buyers not only are contending with higher home prices but also higher borrowing costs than they did one year ago.

Mortgage interest rates have more than doubled from this time last year, and they “will definitely affect first-time homebuyers,” Creamer said.

Home loan financier Freddie Mac reported Sept. 15 the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage climbed to 6.02 percent, the highest rate since 2008. The average rate on a 15-year note, popular for refinancing homes, jumped to 5.21 percent. Both rates were below 3 percent at the same time last year.

“Mortgage rates continued to rise alongside hotter-than-expected inflation numbers,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Although the increase in rates will continue to dampen demand and put downward pressure on home prices, inventory remains inadequate. This indicates that while home price declines will likely continue, they should not be large.”

Creamer, too, noted housing stock is thin but pointed to more homes coming on the market

“Just not enough of them,” she said.

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