205 E. 7th Street, Suite 403 Hays, KS 67601

Trademark Attorney Lawrence, KS

This discovery session gets you concrete legal advice on when and how to apply for a trademark and also includes a manual preliminary knockout search to identify identical or nearly identical hits, which gives you an idea if your proposed word mark (names or phrases) or design mark (typically logos) will be problematic.

We discuss your brand and business trajectory; where are you now, where you want to go, and how we can get you there. You’ll also get a general trademark education, and by the end, you will understand the basics of what is and is not material you can trademark, the nuances of trademark law as it relates to “creative” versus generic names and phrases, and visual appearances. We will discuss how obtaining a trademark applies to your business, answer any questions regarding the strategic timing of obtaining a trademark, answer any questions specific to your business and determine if a trademark is right for you.

Should you decide to move forward with a trademark application with us within 7 days of your session, this fee is applied to your Package pricing.

Protect Your IP the Right Way with Our Trademark Attorney Servicing Lawrence, KS

Lawrence is known for being one of the best places to live in Kansas. Besides being an excellent place to live, it also hosts a wide range of food, security, education, and communication businesses.

Regardless of the industry you work in at the moment, you may want to consider trademarking your brand elements if you haven’t done it already. Not filling out a trademark application can lead to legal problems if someone else decides to register marks identical to yours.

Thankfully, the trademark application process gets much easier with the help of an attorney, and that’s why we’re here. The Grabbe Law Office is committed to protecting your intellectual property in the most efficient way possible.

We know how exhausting it can be to open a business in Lawrence, KS, especially with many potential competitors. If you want to focus on growing your business while we handle the trademark process, you can start by scheduling a 15-minute “Discovery Session” with us!

What Can (and Can’t) You Trademark in Lawrence, KS?

Technically speaking, you can trademark anything you want. The only “requirement” is that your mark should meet Kansas’ and the Federal Government’s criteria for eligibility.

Most states, including Kansas, share similar trademark guidelines, so as long as you fill out an application to trademark an original asset, you won’t have any issues. 

Generally speaking, you can trademark the following:

Brand Names (Words, Letters, Abbreviations, etc.)LogosNumbersSoundsDesignsImages

We said before that you could “technically” trademark anything, so what can’t you trademark? Here’s a brief outline of marks that may not get approved:

Vulgarity or profanity of any kindOfficial government words, names, sounds, or imageryLack of general descriptiveness or distinctivenessDeceptivenessLikelihood of confusion

Most of these terms are self-explanatory. Two of the most common terms that aren’t as clear are the lack of descriptiveness/distinctiveness and the likelihood of confusion.

By lack of descriptiveness, we mean you can’t trademark something “merely descriptive.” When your mark is merely descriptive, it describes the quality or characteristics of your goods or services.

You can’t, for example, trademark a name like “World’s Best Pizza,” as it’s considered merely descriptive. U.S. law prevents people from claiming trademark rights in descriptive or generic words (“world,” in this case).

Lack of distinctiveness is when your mark fails to identify/distinguish your goods or services. If you simply name your mark “Car,” it’s too generic and doesn’t identify your company’s distinguishable features.

Finally, the likelihood of confusion means you can’t trademark a mark so similar to others that people believe both companies’ products come from the same place.

Do You Truly Need to Trademark Your Brand in Lawrence, KS?

The short answer is “yes.” 

Neither Kansas nor Federal law requires people to register their brand elements through a trademark application. However, not going through a trademark process will expose your brand and risk it from getting “stolen” in the future.

What do we mean by “stolen”? In essence, you can come up with almost any name, logo, sound, or imagery for your brand, but if you don’t register it, someone else can do it later and claim the legal right to your IP.

If that happens, the person registering these elements may get you to remove them from your business, which means you could lose your logo, name, or any other aspect you failed to register.

Losing your brand’s identity within a few weeks or months would be devastating. But you can get ahead of that problem by registering your brand with the help of our trademark attorney servicing Lawrence, KS.

When Should You Trademark Your Brand?

You should start your trademark process as soon as possible. Even though filling out the application itself won’t take that much time from you, getting the application reviewed and approved can take months.

The longer you take to fill out your application, the higher the chance of someone registering a similar or identical mark first. Overall, the worst part about that is that you won’t know until it’s too late.

Thankfully, once you start your trademark process, you will get priority over others who try to start later. Still, if you have any doubts surrounding trademark law, feel free to schedule a consultation with our team.

Contact the Grabbe Law Office Today

Our 15-minute discovery session will tell you everything you need to know about our services and your options.

Even if you think starting your trademark process with us is an investment you can’t make today, keep in mind that doing it will save you from many headaches in the future.

Get in touch with us if you’re interested in protecting your intellectual property in Lawrence, KS, the right way!


15 minute Trademark Discovery Session call with complementary knockout search

Comprehensive federal, state, &common law clearance search (+ 1 if initial search is problematic).

Detailed Search Clearance Report

Full legal analysis letter on filing risks and likelihood of rejection/challenges

One Trademark Application in one class, USPTO filing fee included with discounts on attorney fees for additional classes

Ongoing communications with USPTO throughout the pendency of your application

Unlimited scheduled attorney calls with during the pendency of your application

All attorney fees and USPTO filing fees for Statements of Use

Unlimited email access to the Trademark team throughout your trademark process

Unlimited federal Trademark database monitoring during pendency of application

Unlimited Procedural and Substantive Office Action Responses

Post-Registration instructions on Trademark use and maintenance

*Please note our package does NOT include USPTO fees or attorney fees for filing additional paperwork in the event unexpected issues arise during the pendency of your trademark application. This includes, but is not limited to filing Assignability documents, Letters of Protest, Extensions of Time, Opposition litigation and/or Petitions for Revivals. We do not include them with every application as they may not be necessary for every application. Should you require any of these documents, we will advise of the USPTO fee and anticipated legal flat fee and allow you to make the business decision on how to move forward.


This session is designed for you to get the legal education and advice you need to move forward. It is intended to be a stand-alone legal business strategy session.

Should you desire to retain Julie for further business legal services,

the $100 strategy session fee will be applied to your flat fees.

To get started, please fill out the information below.

Trademark Subscription

You’ve got your Registration, CONGRATULATIONS!

Now protect it by engaging our watch services, Trademark monitoring, and monthly reports. Our watch services and trademark monitoring combs the federal and global trademark database of 190 countries and for registered domains for potentially conflicting marks in all classes.

We can notify you before marks get to publication and allow you to have the opportunity to oppose those that might be problematic. Each month you will receive a customized report as well as recommendations for further action. We offer three levels of extremely affordable protection, based on your needs as a business owner. Discounts are offered for multiple marks.

National Watch Services and monitoring

National Watch Services + domains

National and Global Watch services + domains

205 E. 7TH ST., SUITE 403

HAYS, KS 67601



Grabbe Law © 2024