Trademark Attorney in Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant 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.

Latest News in Mount Pleasant

Dumpster Dads Now Delivers Low-Cost Rental Bins in Mount Pleasant, SC

The team at Dumpster Dads is proud to announce that they are now delivering low-cost rental dumpsters in the Mount Pleasant, SC area. This new service option will be available for residential and commercial customers who need any size of dumpster rental bin. Customers can order bins online or by phone, and delivery costs will include picking up and dropping off the rented Dumpster on site. Company founder Michael Spitz stated, “Dumpster Dads is delighted to arrive at this milestone in our growth. We intend to ensure that no cust...

The team at Dumpster Dads is proud to announce that they are now delivering low-cost rental dumpsters in the Mount Pleasant, SC area. This new service option will be available for residential and commercial customers who need any size of dumpster rental bin. Customers can order bins online or by phone, and delivery costs will include picking up and dropping off the rented Dumpster on site.

Company founder Michael Spitz stated, “Dumpster Dads is delighted to arrive at this milestone in our growth. We intend to ensure that no customer feels like they have to choose between getting good dumpster rental services or renting a dumpster at an affordable price. Our company has and will always prioritize its customers; always ensuring that they enjoy renting bin rentals from us and at a cheaper cost.”

Mr. Spitz further said, ” Dumpster Dads is a family-run company that provides roll-off dumpsters for people and businesses. We have 15 yard and 20-yard size containers to choose from, delivered on the day you need them. The rental prices include hauling fees, disposal costs, insurance up to $500K per incident, and emergency service fee if needed. All dumpsters can handle up to 2 tons in weight without issue. The team at Dumpster Dads has been providing this service for several years. We work hard to provide excellent customer service and affordable rates with no hidden fees or surprises during your transaction.”

Dumpster Dads rental costs for 20-yard roll off containers is $400 for a 30-day rental period. Their 15-yard roll off containers cost $365 for a 1-7 day rental period. They charge renters an extra $10 per day beginning from the 8th day if a renter needs to use the rental container for longer than seven days. They also have a $75 additional overage charge for every ton of waste over the stipulated weight allowance, which is 2 tons. The extra charges remain the same as for the 15-yard dumpsters. However, the company can offer a 20-yard container for $365 for a 1 to 7 day rental period upon request.

Dumpster Dads offer renters a unique discount dumpster rental price for dumpster rentals if they dispose of organic waste exclusively. Anyone who needs to rent a dumpster to get rid of organic materials or trash can select either their 15-yard dumpster rental or their 20-yard dumpster rental for a total of $300. They also charge lower overage fees for organic waste that weighs more than the given weight limit. They have a $30 overage charge for every additional ton of organic waste. Their extension charges remain at $10.

Before scheduling a delivery from Dumpster Dads or any other dumpster provider in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, one should go through the rental terms of the said company and find out what types of waste the company allows or prohibits. It is best to call the company and talk to a representative if need be.

The company operates between 9 am and 5 pm every weekday from Monday to Friday. The company also states that it frequently delivers roll off dumpsters to renters based in locations outside their regular service areas and sometimes charges a distance surcharge depending on how far out a customer is located.

Anyone looking to rent a dumpster in Mount Pleasant or the surrounding areas can contact Dumpster Dads. Below is a link to their website for more information: https://www.thedumpsterdads.com/dumpster-rental-mount-pleasant-sc/.

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For more information about Dumpster Dads, contact the company here:

Dumpster Dads
Michael Spitz
(843) 433-2189
dads@thedumpsterdads.com
2579 Oscar Johnson Dr, Suite D
North Charleston, SC 29405

Parking on Shem Creek becoming a growing issue

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Business is booming on Shem Creek, and it’s bringing parking issues along with it. The town of Mount Pleasant’s planning commission met Wednesday evening to address the issues. They discussed growing parking demands, zoning requirements and the impact it’s having on neighborhoods. “It’s a mess, it’s a big mess,” said Skipper Kress, beverage manager and event planner for Red’s Ice House. “We’re seeing growth every single day of the week...

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Business is booming on Shem Creek, and it’s bringing parking issues along with it.

The town of Mount Pleasant’s planning commission met Wednesday evening to address the issues. They discussed growing parking demands, zoning requirements and the impact it’s having on neighborhoods.

“It’s a mess, it’s a big mess,” said Skipper Kress, beverage manager and event planner for Red’s Ice House. “We’re seeing growth every single day of the week and that’s the issue. For the first time ever, there literally is no parking any days of the week.”

Water’s Edge rolled out a pay-to-park system about two months ago. It costs a minimum of $20 to park in their lot, however the restaurant will validate parking for paying customers. There are now signs at each spot in the lot instructing users to pay through their phone via text message or scanning a QR code.

Free parking is becoming harder to find on Shem Creek. Many lots are now pay-to-park, depending on where you go. It’s led to spill-over into the nearby neighborhoods where off-street parking is still free.

“We don’t get complaints from people in the Old Village. The people we get complaints from are upset about having to pay to park and wondering why we don’t validate parking. It’s because we don’t own the property, we’re not the ones that are charging you to park,” said Kress. “The last thing you want to see when you’re coming to a place like Red’s or Tavern and Table is you come out and your car’s completely gone, towed away.”

He’s not sure what the solution is, but Kress said it’s something they’ve been talking about lately. He said he understands the frustration, adding it’s an issue for their employees, too.

“We have to make sure that our staff has somebody walking with them to their cars because some of our staff has to park a half a mile away,” he said. “Maybe some of these small businesses could help. Maybe we could lease out the property and use that parking when they’re not open. Maybe we could come out of pocket a little bit and lease some of that because we’ve done that in the past.”

PPP Loans Benefited Mount Pleasant Businesses

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Mount Pleasant. The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021. There were 90,624 PPP loans approved in South Carolina in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $3,058,629,335...

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Mount Pleasant.

The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021.

There were 90,624 PPP loans approved in South Carolina in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $3,058,629,335.

Loan applications were processed through banks and other traditional lenders, with the SBA backing the resulting loans. Around $800 billion in loans were approved nationwide under the program.

The loans are forgivable if borrowers meet certain criteria, including spending at least 60 percent of the money on payroll costs and maintaining employee compensation levels.

Below are some Mount Pleasant businesses that benefited from the program according to the SBA. Check here for a full, searchable database.

MOTLEY RICE, LLC

BGI, LLC

JOHNSON & JOHNSON, INC.

VERGE SOLUTIONS, LLC

SEACOAST CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, INC.

SEAMON WHITESIDE AND ASSOCIATES INC

STICKY FINGERS ACQUISTION

EMPLOYERS HEALTH NETWORK HOLDINGS LLC

SPINE MANAGEMENT LLC

SPINE MANAGEMENT LLC

Nationally, the accommodation/food service industry received the largest share of loans in 2021, with 15 percent of the total.

Around 87 percent of the loans approved in 2021 were for $50,000 or less, and they accounted for a third of the total approved amount. The average loan size was $42,000.

The program wasn't without controversy. Banks tended to prioritize large, established businesses, according to a New York Times analysis. Congress raised fees for small loans in December to encourage lenders to make small business loans, and rules were changed in February to allow unprofitable solo businesses to qualify.

Several large companies drew public ire after it was revealed that they took PPP loans instead of relying on traditional capital-raising activities. The outcry prompted the SBA to review all loan applications over $2 million and issue guidance that the program was intended for businesses that lacked access to other cash-raising methods.

Editor's note: This list was automatically generated using data from the SBA for approved loans of $150,000 or more, although some loans ultimately were not made. Business owners can contact the SBA if information about a loan isn't correct. SBA data occasionally contains duplicate entries. Other feedback can be sent to content@patch.com.

Wedding community steps up to help Jean's brides after Mt. Pleasant fire destroys shop

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Jeans's Bridal Shop, Auto Money Title Loans, and IHT Wealth Management in the Lafayette Village were gutted by a fire last night. The fire started sometime around midnight, and investigators spent the day on scene figuring out what happened and what could be salvaged. The iconic Jean’s Bridal Shop of Moun...

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Jeans's Bridal Shop, Auto Money Title Loans, and IHT Wealth Management in the Lafayette Village were gutted by a fire last night.

The fire started sometime around midnight, and investigators spent the day on scene figuring out what happened and what could be salvaged.

The iconic Jean’s Bridal Shop of Mount Pleasant was where bridal dresses, tuxedoes and even mother of the bride gowns were lovingly stored and altered for more than 40 years. When its roof caved in, months of planning were lost.

Kim Lamar was one of those brides who lost her dress in the blaze.

She remembers the exact time she heard that Jean’s was on fire, it was 7:04 a.m. this morning when her mom sent her a text about the fire.

Lamar said she looked over at her fiancé and said "my dress is burned!"

"Well I panicked first. Because I thought to myself, how am I going to get a wedding dress in ten days?" Lamar said.

"It's really hard to go into a bridal dress (store) and find a dress off the rack that you love and two that fits. I had ordered my original dress in November, months and months ago. It's sort of like the first thing you do when you find out that you are getting married, you find your perfect dress," she said.

Weddings are a big business in Charleston, which is a good thing today because the bridal shop owners say everyone in the wedding community was already working hard this morning to see how they could help brides like Lamar find the perfect wedding dress 2.0.

Lamar started making calls and although she was hesitant, she was able to find something she loved.

"(The dress shop owner) found me this beautiful dress which I love, I said I think I prefer this dress more than my original dress!”

Lamar was able to find a new dress, one she said she also loves, at White on Daniel Island. It needed alterations, which Roberta Fisher with A Stitch Witch was able to take on.

Those businesses were not the only ones that have offered to help brides and wedding parties in a bind due to the fire.

"The bigger the storm, the brighter the rainbow, is what I keep telling myself," Lamar said.

CEO of a medical device spinoff from MUSC plans to take his catheter far and wide

During a procedure with a young patient, Cephus Simmons noticed something wasn’t working as well as it could. Part of the child’s small intestine had slid into the large intestine, causing an obstruction that can be life threatening for small children. But the catheter used to keep the bladder flowing wasn’t staying firmly in place. “It became frustrating to me, and it was something that medically I knew wasn’t correct, and something that needed to be fixed,” said Simmons, a Ph.D. and radiolo...

During a procedure with a young patient, Cephus Simmons noticed something wasn’t working as well as it could. Part of the child’s small intestine had slid into the large intestine, causing an obstruction that can be life threatening for small children.

But the catheter used to keep the bladder flowing wasn’t staying firmly in place.

“It became frustrating to me, and it was something that medically I knew wasn’t correct, and something that needed to be fixed,” said Simmons, a Ph.D. and radiology assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The catheter the MUSC team was using, called a Foley catheter, features a balloon to hold it in place internally. After the procedure, Simmons drew up his idea for a different kind of catheter that would have two balloons, one to be placed on the inside and one on the outside of the body. He founded SealCath in 2013.

While Simmons says it solves the problems that were at hand during that procedure, the catheter he developed can be used for colonoscopies and more. It’s also made to work for both pediatric and adult patients.

But it took several years after founding of the company for the catheter to become available on the market. Simmons worked on the effort from his home in Mount Pleasant in between his clinical time at MUSC, getting little sleep.

The company quickly began to take off in 2018. Simmons was awarded a research grant that year from the National Institutes of Health.

The S.C. Research Authority, a tech accelerator program that receives state funding, also enrolled SealCath in its SC Launch program for startups in 2018. The program gives companies mentorship and capital in order to grow.

SealCath went to market in the summer of 2019. Then, Simmons secured a patent in Canada in 2020.

When COVID-19 shut hospitals’ doors to many patients, visitors and vendors, SealCath also had to shut down temporarily. Business picked back up by the end of 2020, and now Simmons plans to bring to market a silicon version of his catheter this fall — it’s available in latex for now, and some buyers are concerned about allergies to the material.

Innovations in the life sciences are some of the most promising in Charleston’s burgeoning technology industry.

Health care technology, along with biotech and pharmaceuticals, make up two of the state’s top three startup industries, according to an annual analysis by BIP Capital. Still, in terms of the amount of outside funding coming in, South Carolina’s startups can’t match the size of Georgia’s, North Carolina’s, Florida’s or Tennessee’s in the Southeast.

SealCath is one of a number of successful spin-offs to come from researchers and clinicians at MUSC.

Simmons didn’t imagine becoming the CEO of a startup company when he decided to go into medicine.

“Innovation does the same thing as what I’ve been doing my whole career, which is helping patients,” he said. “If you find the right product that’s going to improve health care, then innovation is actually just as good or better than what I’ve been doing the whole time as far as taking care of my patients.”

Simmons plans to retire from MUSC, which he now counts among his customers, this year and take his catheter on the road to market it to other hospitals. His long-term goal is to export the device to Canada.

Simmons graduated from Walterboro High School. He is married with four children.

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