Practice Areas

Resident Agent & USPTO Domestic Representative

Resident Agent & USPTO Domestic Representative

Resident Agent

For Business Entities Doing Business in Maryland

All entities doing business in Maryland are required by law to identify and register a Resident Agent with the State, who serves the purposes of receiving official communications on behalf of the entity, mainly related to litigation, and seeing that the owner of the entity is notified. This requirement applies whether the company is formed within Maryland and is a “domestic” entity, or is formed outside the State and therefore is considered a “foreign” entity.

Barbara Berschler offers personalized and flexible Resident Agent services for both domestic and foreign companies doing business in Maryland. Unlike impersonal website services, when you call to inquire, you will speak with a real person who is familiar with Maryland’s Resident Agent requirements and who will see that the process runs and is successful.

For a yearly fee of $80.00, Barbara Berschler can serve in that important capacity allowing for continuity of service and a certain level of confidentiality. Please call our office to receive more particularized information.

Domestic Representative

For Foreign Trademark Owners Needing to Designate a Domestic Representative

All companies not located in the United States who have or wish to obtain federal registration protection for their trademarks are required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to appoint a person who is a resident of the United States to act as their Domestic Representative.

The principal responsibility of the Domestic Representative is to provide you with notices and other legal process that may be served in proceedings which will affect your trademark. Failing to name such a person means that such notice will be delivered to an employee working at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Given such a method of service, there is no assurance that you will learn of the proceedings in enough time to respond. However, if you design a Domestic Representative, any party must serve that Representative with the papers. You, in turn, can receive timely notice of the action affecting your mark and take appropriate action.

Barbara Berschler offers personalized service to foreign companies needing to appoint a Domestic Representative. The fee for basic Domestic Representative services is $300.00 per year. Please call our office if you have special needs or require additional information.