Maryland Resident Agent

Domestic Representative for USPTO

INFORMATION For COMPANIES Doing Business in Maryland

All companies doing business in Maryland are required by law to identify and register a Resident Agent with Maryland, who serves the purposes of receiving official communications on behalf of the company, mainly related to litigation, and seeing that the owner of the company is notified. This requirement applies to a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, limited liability company (LLC), and partnership,  whether the company is formed within Maryland and is known as a “domestic” entity, or is formed outside of Maryland, but wants to conduct business in Maryland, and therefore is known as a “foreign” entity.

In addition to entities being required to have a resident agent, some statewide and county licenses and permits also require an out-of-state applicant to identify a local agent.  Examples are for residential leasing permits in Montgomery County and master electrician licenses in Maryland.  Ms. Berschler can provide the necessary agent services for non-Maryland residents wishing to do business in Maryland.

Maryland SealBarbara Berschler offers personalized and flexible Resident Agent services for both domestic and foreign companies doing business in Maryland.   Unlike impersonal, multi-state, website services, when you call to inquire, you will speak with a real person who is familiar with Maryland’s Resident Agent requirements.  That way you will obtain the information you need, and work with with a real person who will see that the process runs smoothly and is successful.

If you need to change who serves as your resident agent, Ms. Berschler knows how to accomplish this and will make the process easy.

For a yearly fee of $100.00, 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.

INFORMATION For Foreign Trademark Owners Needing to Designate a USPTO 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.

International CompaniesThe 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 designate a Domestic Representative, any party must serve that Representative with the papers.  You, in turn, can receive timely notice of the action affecting your trademark and take appropriate action.

Barbara Berschler can give you valuable information about the process and she 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.