Trademark Attorney in West Ashley 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 West Ashley 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 West Ashley 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:

• Work one-on-one with an experienced trademark attorney in West Ashley who will consult with you at your convenience.
• Save your hard-earned money with our flat fee trademark services.
• Gain access to a licensed trademark attorney who will file your trademark application.
• Get updates on your trademark application as it moves through the registration process.
• 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 West Ashley 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 West Ashley 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 West Ashley 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

Welcome to West Ashley, the Mt. Pleasant of Charleston

Way back in June, The Post and Courier‘s Diane Knich reported that the City of Charleston was working on an economic development plan for the West Ashley area. Knich noted that the city had hired a consultant to perform a “market analysis” that, it was hoped, would be completed by the end of the year.

Considering the fact that the area of study included over 30-square miles, one would be excused if he or she thought the report wouldn’t be completed in a mere six months. But much to our surprise, it only took the City of Charleston four months to come up with a plan.

Compare that quick turnaround to other studies covering a far smaller area — like the S.C. Dept. of Transportation’s plan concerning a single pedestrian bridge over the Crosstown at a spot where a number of accidents, and at least two fatalities, occurred over the last couple of years. That plan was given a year. Apparently, when the issue is property development and not saving lives, things happen much quicker. But I digress.

The West Ashley Economic Development Strategy is a lush document filled with ideas and words that might make the common person’s head swim as they reach for a dictionary, or perhaps, yearn for the days when the people who write these sorts of things actually took the time to think about what they just wrote. For instance, “using online and social media tools” is redundant since “social media” exists “online.” And I must confess that I was forced to look up the word “natatorium” and was horrified to learn that there was such a fancy word for, essentially, an indoor swimming pool. One might wonder what the benefits of an indoor swimming pool are for an area that is in a subtropical climate that experiences only the slightest hints of what one might consider autumn or winter, but that point is lost among the other frightening concepts contained in the strategic plan.

And make no mistake, there is a strategy in place here. In an Oct. 12 Post and Courier article, Abigail Darlington begins by saying, “Driving into Mt. Pleasant from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the town immediately gives off the impression of prosperity.” One presumes, based on this, that “prosperity” is code for either “hotels” or “TV and gas stations,” depending on which exit one takes from the bridge. Certainly, there’s nothing like the Ravenel entrance into Mt. Pleasant that’s quite like what the City of Charleston’s planning department has in mind for West Ashley’s “gateways.” In fact, one only has to look at Mt. Pleasant’s controversial Boulevard Development further up Coleman Boulevard to see what the City of Charleston has planned west of the Ashley.

Despite the promises that the city wishes to “better understand what residents … consider [West Ashley’s] unique attributes,” the strategic plan seems to already have a lot of ideas ready to go concerning what can be done to revitalize the area. While the promise to expand the Greenway seems ready-made for the citizens of West Ashley, other parts, such as turning the Citadel Mall area into some sort of pre-fab public space — complete with a “Town Hall” and the aforementioned natatorium — and the desire to turn Sam Rittenberg into a “Main Street,” seem a bit odd.

Mainly, it is odd because West Ashley currently has a “main street” of sorts, Avondale, and this area didn’t need the apparent help of a study or a plan or anything other than a few small businesses and surrounding residents to improve their part of the world. Avondale is essentially a town in its own right, and it’s one that gives an impression, if not of prosperity, then certainly of life and activity.

And while the city’s strategic plan talks about wanting to create a “24/7 life to the street” around Citadel Mall, you have to wonder how serious they are about that considering they’ve spent the last six months trying to quash several hours of “life” on Upper King.

Realizing, perhaps, that growth on the peninsula is a moot point given the reticence of its citizens to build up, Charleston City Council and the Planning Committee have turned their gaze west. And, just like the indigenous people who greeted the conquistadors of the past, the citizens of West Ashley should probably be concerned about what, exactly, that gaze means for them and their future. After all, a telling line in the plan discusses “branding” West Ashley.

I can see the signs now, “West Ashley, the Mt. Pleasant of Charleston.”

Residents of West Ashley need to get ahead of this, and they need to get involved in these planning sessions now before their part of town is turned into something that resembles what we have here over on the east side of Charleston’s other river.

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:

Police investigating after body found in West Ashley retention pond

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities are investigating after a body was found Wednesday afternoon in West Ashley.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the body was located by a citizen in a retention pond off Henry Tecklenburg Drive.

The Charleston Police Department and Charleston County Coroner are on-scene.

Henry Tecklenburg Dr. between Savage Road and St. Francis Hospital is closed to motorists. You should find an alternate route until further notice.

This is a developing story. Keep checking for updates.

Charleston Police investigating after deceased body found at West Ashley bus stop

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities are investigating after a deceased body was discovered at a bus stop in West Ashley early Friday morning.

A spokesman with the Charleston Police Department, Charles Francis, said the body was found just after 7:30 a.m. at a bus stop located at Charlie Hall Boulevard and Glenn McConnell Parkway.

Francis said there were no visible signs of trauma to the person’s body.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Editorial: Make sure West Ashley is enlivened by new plans for the ‘dead Pig’

As John Tecklenburg campaigned to become Charleston’s first new mayor in 40 years, he joined supporters in front of an shuttered grocery store on Sumar Street and vowed his top priority would be to rejuvenate West Ashley in general and this site in particular.

Much has happened in the five years since — repeated flooding across the region soon surpassed West Ashley’s revitalization as the city’s No. 1 challenge — but Mr. Tecklenburg and City Council appear to be on the cusp of taking their most significant step to date to fulfill his 2015 campaign promise. It’s crucial they follow through.

Landmark Enterprises proposes to acquire and redevelop the city-owned site many refer to as “the dead Pig,” since it once was a Piggly Wiggly store. Landmark would convert it into a mix of one-, two- and possibly three-story buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for office, retail and civic use — plus parking and small park features. The concept already has been vetted by city staff and the West Ashley Revitalization Commission, and a development deal could be presented to City Council this month.

What remains to iron out are the financial transaction, the timeline and other elements, including a lease the city is expected to sign for meeting and office space there. The city’s main contribution is expected to be land itself: 2.2 acres between Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Sumar Street and Old Towne Road that it bought for $3 million — in part to block a controversial plan to turn the gateway site into an upscale gas station and convenience store.

The project’s main civic gestures will include indoor space that the city will lease, a linear park on the interior of the site and some sort of visual landmark that motorists will see as they enter West Ashley on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. It also is expected to benefit from future investment by Charleston County to improve the area’s sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and landscaping — planned upgrades the county settled on after the public rejected plans for a more dramatic road re-alignment.

“Revitalizing cities is a complex and messy task that involves steps forward and steps backward and compromise,” Charleston Planning Director Jacob Lindsey says. “In this case, we’ve been through many, many major hurdles.”

Get a weekly recap of South Carolina opinion and analysis from The Post and Courier in your inbox on Monday evenings.

Jason Ward, president of Landmark Enterprises, said the closest local example of Landmark’s concept may be Freshfields Village just outside Kiawah and Seabrook islands, a commercial complex with many stores and eateries but also outdoor gathering spaces.

“We want this to be placemaking,” Mr. Ward tells us, “somewhere people in the West Ashley community can go and have a nice dinner while they listen to outdoor live music on the lawn.”

Under former Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston transformed its once-struggling downtown, and public-private partnerships were a crucial tool — from Charleston Place to Waterfront Park to WestEdge to the Francis Marion Hotel to Majestic Square and so on. Developers provided most of the financing and handled construction, while the city provided some financial and other support and helped guide the design quality and other benefits to the public realm.

While this West Ashley project has public support and an enthusiastic developer, City Council still must tend to the details. These public-private ventures are complex, with many moving pieces. As such, they naturally raise the question of whether the public benefit is worth the public investment. Different people might answer that differently, but the majority view is what prevails — and that’s how it should be.

This would be the city’s first such major public-private deal in West Ashley — and the first anywhere in the city birthed during Mr. Tecklenburg’s mayoralty.

But those facts alone aren’t reason enough for the city to proceed: The deal’s details must work out for both sides. Given the relative lack of high-quality public gathering spots in the part of Charleston where most city residents actually live, the stakes for getting this right are high.

Charleston man killed after being struck by train in West Ashley

A 22-year-old man has died after he was struck by a train, officials said Monday.

Kevin DiGiandomenico of Charleston was found Sunday after authorities received reports of a pedestrian being hit by a train, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office said.

Deputies found his body near the railroad tracks behind Pinehurst Avenue. He was located around 1:30 a.m. after a train had stopped.

Deputies do not believe that train was involved in the incident, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Roger Antonio said, but he may have been struck by a different train. Officials are still working to determine when DiGiandomenico’s death occurred, Antonio said.

DiGiandomenico was a graduate of West Ashley High School and loved drumming, according to his Facebook page.

No further details of the incident were immediately available.

The incident follows the death of 17-year-old Bethany Ridenour on Thursday, who was struck by an Amtrak train at the North Charleston-Hanahan border.