« on: 09-13-04 at 06:59 am »
As far as being sued, it's difficult to stop a company from suing you (assuming they at least have a colorable cause of action against you). The bigger question is whether they would be successful, or perhaps whether you want to open yourself the the expense and aggravation of a suit in the first place even if you ultimately prevailed.
Substantively, in most cases the senior owner of the mark can only stop you from using the mark if your use would likely cause confusion in the market. This inquiry hinges largely on the similarities of the marks and of the goods/services each one covers.
As for charges, I generally charge $195 per mark for a registerability search and application preparation for simple wordmarks, and $245 for marks with logos or tag-lines.