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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 in West Ashley
Dispute over Long Savannah wetland permits ends in settlement
A challenge to the Long Savannah development has been settled after the builders of the 3,000-acre complex agreed to adjust their plans to avoid some wetlands destruction. The settlement, provided to The Post and Courier, says builders will avoid filling or excavating another 50 acres of wetlands on the project. Before, the proposal had called for the disruption of 209 acres across its entire span. Developers have rights to build 4,500 homes in total on the West Ashley land, at the edges of Charleston’s suburbs. The proje...
A challenge to the Long Savannah development has been settled after the builders of the 3,000-acre complex agreed to adjust their plans to avoid some wetlands destruction.
The settlement, provided to The Post and Courier, says builders will avoid filling or excavating another 50 acres of wetlands on the project. Before, the proposal had called for the disruption of 209 acres across its entire span.
Developers have rights to build 4,500 homes in total on the West Ashley land, at the edges of Charleston’s suburbs. The project also includes conserved green space in large city and county parks, but successive floods in existing neighborhoods nearby brought fresh scrutiny to the plans and their affects on the area, including around flood-prone Church Creek.
With the settlement, “We feel its a better project than when it first popped up,” said Andrew Wunderley of Charleston Waterkeeper.
That group along with the S.C. Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club challenged a state certification of the building plan.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that addresses the collective thoughts and ideas associated with a community plan that improves the Church Creek drainage system and conserves over 1,800 acres of land,” developer Taylor Bush wrote in an email.
Other components of the agreement include requirements that builders remove some older roadbeds to allow water to flow across the area in a more natural way. The land has been altered many times in history already, for logging and phosphate mining, once a booming business in the Lowcountry.
Developers will also make a one-time donation of $250,000 to a trust that will fund water-management projects in the three drainage basins that the development covers. A similar trust was set up to settle a separate environmental lawsuit earlier this year, centering on plastic pollution in Charleston Harbor.
Wetlands provide important wildlife habitat and serve as sponges that absorb and filter water. They are protected by state and federal rules. In addition to settling a state-level dispute, the agreement waives the rights of the three environmental groups to challenge the Long Savannah plan as developers seek future permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, which runs the federal wetland protection program.
The developers will be required to mitigate the destruction of the remaining 159 acres of wetlands with restoration work elsewhere.
“We were somewhat leery that we would have success in getting the certification stopped at the state level and the permit stopped at the Corps level,” said Steve Gilbert, a consultant for the Wildlife Federation.
Benjamin Cunningham, an attorney representing that group and the Sierra Club, said there was relief an agreement had been reached, but concern lingered over how the work will affect the area.
The groups may weigh in, however, when builders bring more complete stormwater designs to the city of Charleston. The rules for how to store and drain rainfall are particularly strict in the Church Creek basin, where part of the project is located.
“We wanted to maintain our ability to raise some issues with the changing climate and perhaps changing habitat,” said Cunningham, who works for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project.
Bank of South Carolina Corporation Announces Second Quarter Earnings
Bank of South Carolina Corporation
CHARLESTON, S.C., July 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of South Carolina Corporation (Nasdaq: BKSC) announced unaudited earnings of $1,668,684, or $0.30 and $0.29 basic and diluted earnings per share, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 – an increase of $167,661, or 11.17%, from earnings for the quarter ended June 30,...
CHARLESTON, S.C., July 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of South Carolina Corporation (Nasdaq: BKSC) announced unaudited earnings of $1,668,684, or $0.30 and $0.29 basic and diluted earnings per share, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 – an increase of $167,661, or 11.17%, from earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 of $1,501,023, or $0.27 and $0.26 basic and diluted earnings per share, respectively. Unaudited earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2021 increased $456,555, or 15.11%, to $3,478,759 compared to $3,022,204 for the six months ended June 20, 2020. Annualized returns on average assets and average equity for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were 1.27% and 12.80%, respectively, compared with June 30, 2020 annualized returns on average assets and average equity of 1.28% and 11.46%, respectively.
Fleetwood S. Hassell, President of the Bank of South Carolina, stated, "Operating with the lowest margins in recent decades, our industry has managed to move forward in large part the result of fee income generated from the Paycheck Protection Program and mortgage originations. This has been the case as well for the Bank of South Carolina. Combined with exceptional management of operating expenses, our second quarter and year-to-date performance has exceeded our expectations and profit plan. Our challenge is to deploy the massive amounts of liquidity accumulated over the past 18 months into higher yielding assets. Current loan demand remains tepid and yields low. However, we will not compromise the lending standards upon which we have built the bank over the past 34 ½ years. Asset quality remains our focus.
The Federal Reserve has hinted at increasing rates in the next 24 months or so as they continue to balance their mandate of unemployment and inflation (transitory or not). We will stay the course with strong financial performance and look forward to the second half of the year."
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About Bank of South Carolina Corporation
The Bank of South Carolina Corporation is the holding company of The Bank of South Carolina ("The Bank"). The Bank is a South Carolina state-chartered bank with offices in Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, and the West Ashley community and has been in continuous operation since 1987. Our website is www.banksc.com. Bank of South Carolina Corporation currently trades its common stock on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol "BKSC".
SOURCE Bank of South Carolina Corporation
South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club prepares for nationals
MOUNT PLEASANT – The South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club has a chance to bring home some serious hardware. The club team based in Mount Pleasant won six games in seven days from June 18 to 24 to claim the Southern Regional Championship in a field of 11 other teams and advance to the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championship against the three other regional victors (Far West, Midwest, and Eastern). The competition is scheduled for the week of July 19 in Tampa. The Surf defeated teams from states...
MOUNT PLEASANT – The South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club has a chance to bring home some serious hardware.
The club team based in Mount Pleasant won six games in seven days from June 18 to 24 to claim the Southern Regional Championship in a field of 11 other teams and advance to the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championship against the three other regional victors (Far West, Midwest, and Eastern).
The competition is scheduled for the week of July 19 in Tampa.
The Surf defeated teams from states such as North Carolina, Texas and Florida to advance to nationals, and also won the S.C. state championships back in May, which qualified it for regionals.
“It’s pretty incredible (with) the amount of hard work, grit and determination,” Surf U14 head coach Andy Grist said. “…They really showed a lot of defensive qualities for that tournament that really helped and won them the tournament.”
The South Carolina Surf has 14 teams total from boys and girls U13 to U19, and seven of them won state championships, including U13, U14, U15 and U19 girls, and U13, U14 and U19 boys. The U14 girls were the only Surf club to make it out of regionals and advance to nationals.
Leading the way for the U14 Surf defensively were team captains Addysen Cole and Claudia Hassell, an outside back from West Ashley and a center back from Mount Pleasant, respectively.
“I’m beyond excited,” Cole said of going to nationals. “It’s so unreal and I can’t wait. I’m really proud of everyone on my team.”
Being captains, both players knew that other players on the team would look up to them.
“I always like to be positive with my teammates and make sure that we have all communicated, and I like to think of each other as family,” Hassell said. “We all like to lift each other up and just make sure that everybody is on the same page, and we just like to get everybody hyped up with music; just get everybody ready for each and every game.”
Leading the way for the Surf offensively in regionals were Zoey Molten and with four goals and Callah Dando with two. Maddy Gwozdo poured in six assists and Molten added two assists of her own.
The team is made up of players from the Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach areas, and one of those players from the latter is center midfielder Lilah Jennings from Murrells Inlet, who contributed a goal and an assist in regionals.
“It was mostly our preparation,” Jennings said of the team being able to come out on top at regionals. “We always tried to stay hydrated and we always lifted each other up when we were down. Or when we got a goal scored on us, we were always like, ‘Come on, we got this.’”
The other player on the team from the Myrtle Beach area is Grayson Williams, who did not play at regionals but will be joining the squad for nationals.
Cole, Hassell and Jennings also gave a lot of credit to their coaches, including Grist and assistant coaches Tim Kelly and Michelle Ying, and their parents for the support.
Cole is appreciative for the parents doing things like buying them last-minute Clif Bars and chocolate milk, Jennings appreciated all the scrimmages and training sessions Grist set up for them to prepare the team for nationals and Hassell enjoyed when the team would circle up for a prayer before every game.
Grist said he is grateful to First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant and the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department for providing the team with playing venues.
Where you can grab a scoop (or two) of ice cream in the Lowcountry this summer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – We’re in for a hot and humid summer, and what better way to cool off than with a few scoops of delicious ice cream. Whether you prefer a cup or cone, the tri-county is home to several ice cream shops. Just pick your favorite flavor and toppings (or choose one of these unique options). Here is a list of (mostly local) shops offering traditional and unique flavors: Off Track Ice Cream Located on Beaufain Street in downtown Charleston, this shop features traditio...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – We’re in for a hot and humid summer, and what better way to cool off than with a few scoops of delicious ice cream.
Whether you prefer a cup or cone, the tri-county is home to several ice cream shops. Just pick your favorite flavor and toppings (or choose one of these unique options).
Here is a list of (mostly local) shops offering traditional and unique flavors:
Off Track Ice Cream
Located on Beaufain Street in downtown Charleston, this shop features traditional, vegan, and inventive flavors made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.
You can find special scoops during the summer season like peanut butter and jelly, vegan birthday cake donut, and vegan Fluffernutter Blondie.
Off Track Ice Cream is open Sunday – Thursday from noon until 10:00 p.m., and Friday – Saturday from noon until 11:00 p.m.
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a stop at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery at Windmill Station in Summerville.
This stop was recently named one of the top ten fastest-growing restaurant chains in America and has been featured on TV shows like Cupcake Wars. You can grab ice cream-inspired cupcakes, like the hot fudge sundae, cookies-n-cream, or a scoop of traditional flavors. But if that’s not enough, go for the combo! The shop offers a ‘cupcake smash’ which includes a delicious cupcake with a scoop and a half of ice cream.
The Pineapple Hut
If you’re really feeling the summer vibes, make a trip out to Folly Beach for a swirl of ice cream inside a pineapple! You no longer have to travel to Disney World to enjoy a Pineapple Dole Whip – this food truck features the Pineapple Whip, Pineapple Float, Chunky Whip, and Paradise Whip.
Find them on West Erie Avenue Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (or until they are sold out).
Park Circle Creamery
Grab a double scoop of handcrafted ice cream at Park Circle Creamery in North Charleston.
This shop offers 16 made-in-house flavors using local ingredients. “Our handcrafted ice cream is artfully made with the finest local ingredients to provide our customers with a unique blend of flavor, smooth creamy texture, and a refreshing finish,” the shop said on its website.
From blueberry cheesecake to cappuccino, German chocolate, Lucky Charms, mint Oreo, or even vegan coconut Oreo – you can’t go wrong when stopping by this shop over the summer.
Kaminsky’s Dessert Café
If you’d rather drink your ice cream, stop by Kaminsky’s Dessert Café in either historic downtown Charleston or West Ashley for a delicious heaping milkshake.
Enjoy a number of shake flavors including the espresso milkshake, candy bar shake, mint chocolate chip, banana pudding, salted caramel and more! The shop also offers three floats including coke or root beer, cappuccino, or affogato.
They also have a selection of sundaes for your enjoyment.
Best times to visit Charleston
Charleston's location and climate open the South Carolina city to tourism of all types, like beach trips, bachelorette weekends, educational excursions or romantic getaways. No matter what time of year, you’ll find places to go and things to do. You only have to ask yourself two main questions: what does your budget allow for, and how much heat and humidity can you cope with? Here’s a breakd...
Charleston's location and climate open the South Carolina city to tourism of all types, like beach trips, bachelorette weekends, educational excursions or romantic getaways.
No matter what time of year, you’ll find places to go and things to do. You only have to ask yourself two main questions: what does your budget allow for, and how much heat and humidity can you cope with?
Here’s a breakdown of the best times to visit the Lowcountry based on price, activities, weather and more.
High seasons: March-May and September-November
Best times for festivals and exploring on foot
Charleston is blessed with two peak seasons. Spring and fall offer the most temperate times to enjoy the area’s largest festivals and farmers markets. Travel and hotel prices are at their highest, particularly during spring break and Easter. However, the late fall offers the perfect mix of mild temperatures, fewer tourists and more affordable rates. April, May, September and October are the most popular for weddings — in case you’re doing that kind of planning.
Shoulder season: June-August
Best time for beach trips and indoor activities
Like any American city close to a coast, the peak of Charleston’s summer encourages the masses to head to the beach. The temperatures can climb into the 90s (Fahrenheit). That and the thick humidity pair best with salty beach breezes, wavy, untamed hair and maybe a colorfully layered cocktail. Tourists and locals alike move seamlessly between downtown and the Atlantic Coast. So, while the beach rentals are usually booked up by June, you might catch a bit of a break on availability and costs if you book your stay inland.
Low season: December-February
Best time to avoid crowds and save money
This three-month period is considered the “low season” by tourism metrics. But if you’re someone who appreciates a winter getaway from a cold climate, traveling to the Lowcountry during this time will elevate your winter. Daytime temperatures stay around the low 60s, and airfares drop, too. Keep in mind there is a slight spike around the December holidays and Valentine’s Day.
Here's a guide to what you can expect throughout the year in the Charleston area. All events are subject to change.
This is a great time to grab a quick, relaxing getaway after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It’s easier to book reservations, and the lines are shorter everywhere.
Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to whisk that special someone away for a romantic weekend. Book a charming B&B, savor a delectable dinner at restaurants in the area, relax your muscles at a day spa, and take in Charleston’s historical beauty.
As the temperatures start to rise, locals and tourists start shedding their winter layers and finding ways to get outside. You’ll see plenty of spring breakers at the beach, but there’s a lot going on for those who choose to stay inland.
April is a busy month for tourism in the Lowcountry. Whether for exercise or leisure, there are several outdoor events that draw huge crowds. And it’s a popular time for destination weddings. Flowers are in full bloom, and so are the spring festivities. Just be sure to bring an umbrella — storms can sneak up on you just about any time.
This is when the Lowcountry really hits its stride. With summer just around the corner, more people flock to the beach for surfing, dolphin watching and morning yoga. Fresh produce dots the local farmers markets, and it's a prime season for the arts.
June 1 kicks off hurricane season. Even though a low percentage of total hurricanes hit the Lowcountry directly, it’s worthwhile to look into trip insurance if you book between now and November.
As the temperatures and humidity levels climb, the events calendar and crowds lighten up. This is a great time to catch some of the more educational ventures that Charleston offers. Little ones can keep their minds agile at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, and adults can soak up some culture during the First Saturday Art Stroll walks and some history (combined with shopping) at the Charleston City Market.
There’s no way around it: August is sticky and sweaty and the reason air conditioning was invented (probably). A Gullah-Geechee tour in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz might be the best way to learn about an important group within the Charleston’s culture while you beat the heat. It’s also fun to grab a drink and dance the night away on the Mount Pleasant Pier.
The social calendar picks up a lot of steam as the Charleston air starts to cool off a little. September offers a wide range of activities.
October brings a flood of tourists back in because the weather is milder. This makes it a lot more enjoyable to simply explore Charleston on foot or by carriage. With Halloween on the horizon, it’s a great time to book something like the Charleston Haunted Jail Tour.
Hurricane season comes to a (hopefully uneventful) close, and the number of special events dwindles in November. The cooler days are a perfect backdrop for visiting the area’s historic houses, trying a cooking class, or taking a tour of one of the plantations.
As the year winds down and the holiday season ramps up, there is a slight bump in the number of visitors that come to Charleston. You can definitely knock out your gift shopping at the shops along King and Meeting streets downtown, the Tanger outlet stores in North Charleston, and Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant.