An original idea can easily be attributed to somebody else without the proper trademark protection nowadays. No matter how brilliant a creation may be, if it is not trademarked, someone else can get credit for it and earn a lot of money at the same time. Brand and trademark lawyer Kendra Stephen is helping clients to make sure that they get the protection they deserve.
Brands can be easily stolen. When this happens, legal remedies are futile when the brand is not trademarked. Stephen highly encourages entrepreneurs, artists, entertainers, influencers, media practitioners, and companies to be proactive about registering their ideas and products for trademarks. This guarantees that the rights to the brand are protected so as long as the trademark exists. She helps and guides her clients with trademark registration, licensing them, monitoring, and enforcing them when needed.
As a person who greatly values the fundamental rights of people, especially minorities, Stephen puts emphasis on fairness and proper attribution. According to her, a lot of minority entrepreneurs and artists have lost their rights to their original creations due to the lack of appropriate legal guidance. The absence of state-enforced protection on intellectual properties and brands has sadly resulted in stolen ideas.
Unfortunately, a lot of African-Americans fall victim to this unfair experience because they do not register their creations at all. Sometimes, even those who registered their intellectual property also fail to monitor and enforce their claim to the trademark brand. All the unnecessary fuss and costly litigations can be avoided if only people take the time to work with legal practitioners.
According to statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the worldwide filing of patents, trademarks, and industrial designs reached new heights in 2018. Trademarks recorded a 15.5% increase in registration, with a total of 14.3 million. Utility models increased by 21.8%, 5.2% for patents, and 5.7% for industrial designs.
Some of Stephen’s celebrity clients include professional athletes, Reggae music royalty and media personalities. Her ultimate goal is to give all her clients the peace of mind that once they have registered their intellectual property, she will do everything in her capacity to make sure that nobody steals it from them. Based on the experiences of some of her clients, it is always best to be prepared than to be caught off guard.
Stephen offers a free consultation to potential clients who want to further understand the importance of trademark registration. By educating them, Stephen is narrowing the chances that other people will take advantage of them.
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