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About Us

## We Strive to be Cost Effective and Transparent

We hope you noticed that we don’t tease with a low-ball price just to bait you, knowing all the while that the low-ball price is only applicable for a very narrow set of circumstances. So, even though we can’t tell you at the outset the exact price you’ll pay for our services (because the price you pay depends entirely on the options you select), we hope that you find comfort in knowing that we’re not going to lead you to believe the cost is $69.99 when we know that price is just plain impossible. For example, did you know that the government filing fees for a trademark application are over $200 no matter what? That $200+ is unavoidable – it’s what Uncle Sam charges. So, there’s no such thing as a $69.99 trademark application and that’s why we don’t act like there is.

## We Want to be Your Ambassadors of Law

Circle That R is not a law firm, but we’re designed and owned by lawyers. We know trademark and copyright law – that’s why our service is so thorough, yet intuitive to use. And, we have contracted with experienced intellectual property lawyers to handle the legal process for your trademark or copyright application. So, we hope that you see Circle That R as your ambassador of law. When you use our service, we make it easy to assemble all the information an attorney will need for your trademark or copyright application and then we contract with an experienced intellectual property attorney to handle the legal side of things. The intellectual property attorney handling your case will communicate with you, keep you up to date on the application process, answer any legal questions you may have along the way, work with you to make sure that the information you provided through Circle That R is the best it can be, process and file your application, and generally just make sure that you’re happy and in the loop.

## We Aim to Organize your Intellectual Property

When you use the Circle That R service, you’ll have your own account with us through which you’ll have access to your own dashboard that we call your Docket. When you login to our service and go to your Docket, you’ll be able to see all your applications and registrations. It’ll all make sense. You’ll see the ones you’ve started, the ones you’ve submitted, and the ones that are complete. Your Docket is the jumping off point for all your matters through Circle That R. We’ll keep you organized!

## Our Guaranty

We can’t guarantee that you’ll get a trademark or copyright registration. But, what we CAN guarantee is that at Circle That R we will bend over backwards to make sure that our users are satisfied with our services. If you are not happy with anything associated with Circle That R, even if it’s the attorney we hired to handle the legal process for your matter, then we want to know. Go to the Contact Us page on the Circle That R website and demand to speak with an owner – one of the owners of Circle That R will respond to you within 24 hours. And, while we know that there are people out there who are just impossible to please, we’re sure that you’re not one of them. So, if you’re not happy, or even if you are happy but just have an issue we need to address in order to keep you happy, then please use that email address above. We want your experience with Circle That R to be a great one because we want you to use us again, and again, and again, and…you get what we’re saying.

So thank you for visiting our portal and using our service. Protecting your intellectual property is an important step along the path to success. So, as we like to say:

**Protect What’s Yours!**

Matt and Greg

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Our Founders

Gregory Smith

"The Clumsy One"

Gregory Smith is a technology lawyer and has been practicing in the areas of copyright, trademark and patents since 1995. Prior to attending Law School, Gregory spent over 13 years as an engineer designing cellular telephones and software system designs. Gregory holds a BS degree in Engineering Technology from Western Kentucky University and a Masters of Electrical Engineering focusing on Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University. Gregory has worked for the National Security Agency, Georgia Tech Research Institute and Matsushita Panasonic as an engineer.

After graduating from Law School, Gregory worked in the boutique firm Jones & Askew in Atlanta GA from 1995-1998. Gregory then moved to the general practice firm Troutman Sanders where he made equity partner. In 2002, Gregory started the law firm which is currently called Smith Tempel Blaha, LLC.

Gregory provides legal support to That Mark! and customers of That Mark! on a contractual basis. You can make an appointment with Gregory by clicking on this link. If you have filed a registration for copyright or trademark through That Mark!, and purchased the attorney package, you will receive the reflected hourly discount rate.

Gregory encourages others to seriously consider filing for trademark and copyright protection. The cost is rather small compared to the benefits that can be derived from ensuring that your property is protected.

Matthew Hoots

"The Oblivious One"

Matt holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law.

Matt has been practicing intellectual property law for over a decade. He is a licensed patent attorney with a practice focused on patent and trademark prosecution. Matt mainly works with individual inventors and small business entities to identify and protect their intellectual assets. In doing so, he often counsels clients in an effort to flesh out and expand their ideas into novel, marketable products.

Prior to pursuing his legal career, Matt spent 15 years in various engineering positions within the manufacturing and process sectors, gaining invaluable hands-on manufacturing and process experience that many of his clients find useful as they endeavor to produce practical, cost–efficient product designs ready to take to market. Matt has been involved with a number of start-up ventures over his career and is a principal in Recycool, Inc., a Georgia–based manufacturer and distributor of recyclable consumer products. Additionally, Matt volunteers in various capacities local to his residence in Athens, GA including through his church, the board of United Team Sports Center Foundation, and the Western Circuit Bar Association, among others.