Ladas & Parry's Watch Services
We believe that a trademark watch is an essential part of any effective trademark maintenance and enforcement program. Ladas & Parry's watch services are designed to alert subscribers to potentially conflicting trademark applications and registrations as they are published for opposition and cancellation purposes in official gazettes throughout the world.
We provide the following watch services that can be
used for the broadest range of trademark protection:
A brochure describing our watch services can be furnished on request. It is also available to download* in pdf-format.
Advantages of Ladas & Parry's Watch Services
Timely, Complete and Broad Notification
We have built up a close network of associates throughout the world that provides safe and timely receipt of the official gazettes to which we have subscribed. When we find an application or registration for a mark similar to yours, we notify you promptly by letter, or telefax, including a copy of the gazette entry in question in most cases. Ladas & Parry LLP is currently notifying its subscribers of over 175,000 possible trademark conflicts annually. Our notification letter has been designed for use by both lawyers and non-lawyers.
Our letter provides the basic information needed to take action. It indicates clearly the source gazette, class(es) of goods and/or services, the name of the applicant or registrant, the filing or registration date, and the time limit for opposition or cancellation. On your instructions, we can send watch letters to additional people involved with your organization at no extra charge.
Our system is driven and operated primarily by people, not machines, and permits us to offer broad flexibility in the scope of your surveillance. We are able to create whatever type of surveillance you require.
We can narrow or broaden the frame of reference in reporting possible conflicting marks. You can change such criteria as often as you wish. If you are receiving too many watch letters, you can instruct narrower watching criteria. Similarly, if you find that you are receiving an insufficient number of watch letters, you can broaden the scope of your surveillance. You can also ask us to provide a broad watch on your house marks, a narrow watch on your secondary marks or a watch by prefix or suffix. We can provide a broad watch on design marks, reporting any similar designs regardless of class, and a narrow watch on word marks, or vice versa.
Our Watch Department is staffed by highly skilled trademark analysts who are fluent in all languages of major commerce. We are able to provide a translation of the goods and services covered by the reported marks.
As an additional service, we can also provide brief comments in our Watch Letters advising on the action that can be taken against a reported mark, and including an estimate of costs and an evaluation of the chances of success.
Cost-Effective and Volume Rates
Our annual charges are competitive and cost-effective. A Ladas & Parry LLP advantage - we do not charge on a per class or per jurisdiction basis. A single charge for each mark in the trademark watch service includes all relevant classes of goods and services and covers all countries watched; likewise, a single charge for each mark in the U.S. state watch service includes all relevant classes of goods and services and covers all states watched. If one or more of the trademarks entered into our Watch Service are very similar to each other, a charge is made for only one of them and the others are entered on a "no-charge" basis. We offer reduced annual rates to subscribers who enter a large number of marks into our watch services. For more information on our rates, please call Pam Beilinson at 212-708-3417 or use the contact form.
Law Firm Support
Since our Watch Department is an in-house operation of our law firm, it receives input from and has exposure to our attorneys and their expertise, so that changes in the law and practice throughout the world can be taken into account expeditiously. Access to our attorneys enables our searchers to receive constant and regular feedback as to the particular requirements of our clients, including the possible need to be especially vigilant for a particular pirate or infringing mark. Our Watch Letters include the name and telephone number of an attorney on our staff responsible for the subscriber's trademark work, so that he or she can be contacted should questions arise about the Watch Letters, or regarding possible legal action. The constant availability of legal advice, which may be required promptly upon receipt of a Watch Letter, can be particularly helpful when a quick telephone call or e-mail to the attorney named in the Watch Letter provides the advice needed to meet a close deadline.
We retain a record of all the results of oppositions filed and other conflict matters we handle, so that, if requested to do so, we are able to check and advise whether an adversary or potential adversary and/or an objectionable mark has been encountered previously.
A record of the Watch Letters we send is retained in our computer system for a period of time and copies can be recovered, if required.
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