Music Trademarks

The Law Office of Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. assists in securing music trademarks including focusing on domestic and international trademark protection for musicians, DJs, producers, bands, remixers, engineers, and any other individual or company operating in the music and entertainment spaces.

Music trademarks provide the owner with unique protections and the ability to license the mark to other parties. Our firm has assisted in securing, prosecuting, and renewing hundreds of trademarks in many countries across the world, including many trademarks for musicians, DJs, bands, record labels, music publishers, and other music and entertainment businesses. As a result, We aid all mainstream and independent (indie) creative artists, individuals, and businesses with all domestic and international trademarks and copyright matters, including federal and state filings as well as international and domestic trademark and copyright registrations and searches. The firm also provides extensive international and domestic trademark monitoring services as well as handles all U.S.P.T.O. office action letters, T.T.A.B. Opposition and Cancellation proceedings, and U.S. Customs and Border protection matters for music trademarks. In addition, we provide trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation for music trademarks and their owners.

More information on music trademarks for musicians, record producers, songwriters, live performers, bands, DJs, and other creative artists and musical talents can be found below.

What is a music lawyer?

A music lawyer is an attorney who practices music trademark, copyright, and intellectual property law, assists in securing musician visas, and reviews musician and entertainment talent contracts, among working in other related legal fields. A music attorney might handle the review, drafting, and negotiation of musician, band, producer, remixer, DJ, live performance agreements, record deals, publishing agreements, content licensing and distribution contracts, live appearance and concert agreements, sponsorship and endosrement deals, and booking agent and talent manager agreements agreements.

How long does the music trademark process usually take?

While each situation and every music trademark application is different, the entire filing and registration process for a music trademark can take anywhere from as little as 4-6 months or up to 12 months or longer depending on the U.S.P.T.O. and other prosecution related factors.

Why are music trademarks important?

Music trademarks are important as the existence of a valid registration in a musician, DJ, producer, remixer, band, creator, or other name provides the owner with the ability to actively police and prevent other individuals from “stealing” or otherwise impersonating them. A music trademark registration also allows the filing of an infringement claim with various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, to retrieve or block an infringing account. A music trademark owner may also utilize a valid registration as a basis for filing an anti-cybersquatting claim with ICANN to retrieve an infringing website domain name.

Furthermore, an existing trademark registration in a musician’s name permits the owner to contact the U.S. Customs Department and Border Patrol to prevent the importation of any infringing or counterfeit goods bearing the protected musician’s trademark as well as stops the sale of any goods containing the music trademark and that are confusingly similar to the entertainer’s protected mark.