4 Reasons You Need Intellectual Property

Everyone has a great idea once in a while. Some of us pursue these ideas. But sometimes people also pursue the ideas of others....

How To Create a Strong Trademark

Fanciful Arbitrary Suggestive Descriptive Generic   HOW TO CREATE A STRONG TRADEMARK? Not all marks are perceived in the same manner. There’s a spectrum on which trademarks are usually judged. These...

Agreements Between Founders, Setting Up Your Business for Success

Legal disputes between founders can (and will) often erupt. (Even founders who happen to be best friends can quickly turn into worst enemies.) Simply...

To The Drawing Board: How To Get Your Patent Drawn

There are many ways to have your patent drawn. To figure out the best approach, gauge the complexity of your invention and decide whether...
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Do I need a Patent?

Ever since I was little, one of my favorite things to do has been asking “Why?”  Some people say this makes me persnickety –...
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Color Marks: A How-To and Why-To Guide

In keeping with our colorful theme this week, we thought we’d discuss a color that is more conventionally associated with Halloween -- orange! In an...
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New Years Resolution: Trademark Audit

The start of a New Year is a time where many of us are setting goals and plans for the upcoming year, both on...
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Protecting IP Through Trade Secrets

A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information that is not generally known or reasonably...
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Copyright Law and Fanfiction…Not Always OTP: Legal Issues with Fanfiction

Do the words “fic” or  “fannish” mean anything to you?  If they do there are pretty good chances you are familiar with fanfiction.  Maybe...
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Vegas Golden Knights: Name Update

“Viva Las Hockey!”   Didn’t Elvis say that? In June 2016,  Las Vegas was awarded its first professional sports team--hockey.   The National Hockey League (NHL)...

3 Tips – How To Use ™ & ® Correctly

So you have a logo and you are about to create a website when your web designer asks you, "Should we put the ™  or...

7 Tips On How To Create A Strong Trademark

A brand name will help you stand out from the competition but ask yourself this: "Will my brand name stand through the trademark registration...
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10 Reasons Why Trademarks Are Important for Any Brand

Federal Trademark registration is very important and should definitely not be overlooked by any brand.   A trademark’s main purpose is to identity the origin of...
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Google AdWords and Commercial Use under the Trademark Act

Before a trademark can be registered with the USPTO, it must be used in commerce.  The Lanham Act defines the term “use in commerce”...

How to go about a design patent

How do I create a unique product design? To accomplish this type of competitive "product branding", small businesses usually should keep a budget of between...

Don’t Feed the Sharks! | Trademark Watch Spam

There is no greater feeling of reassurance for a business owner than that of the United States government legitimizing their claim to use a...

What Happens if soemeone registers MY trademark in a foreign country

This is not good news. The othe one claiming name to your brand could strom you disturution , manufacturing and other activity in the...
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6 Tips: What To Do After Filing a Trademark Application

Start using your trademark (if you haven’t already). A trademark protects you when you continually use it, and can demonstrate that you have...

Why Startups Should Patent Now, Not Later

The race to file a patent had heated up since March of 2013 when the “First-Inventor-To-File” (FITF) system went into effect. Patents are now granted based...

Did You Know? You Can Trademark More Than Just a Logo, Name or Slogan

Trademarks are meant to protect and distinguish your brand's unique identity. So if you think about it, it really makes sense that there are...

Protecting Growth With Design Patents

Design patents protect the unique ornamental designs of the functional aspects of your product. Ornamental designs may include perceivable designs such as a unique chair shape...
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Don’t Pierce Me Bro:  How To Preserve Your Limited Liability Protection

“Piercing seems to happen freakishly. Like lightning, it is rare, severe, and unprincipled.” -Frank H. Easterbrook & Daniel R. Fischel, Limited Liability and the Corporation,...

The Trademark Timeline (info graphic)

Didn't I file a trademark about six months ago?  Did that trademark become registered? Why haven't I heard from my lawyer? Well, there's good news....

A House Divided: Joint Trademark Ownership and (all of) You

Exactly who should own a trademark is almost a metaphysical question. A statutorily vital function of a trademark is to identify "the" source of...

Trademark Infringement

When your startup has a recognized logo, your brand is a super brand with a special type of power. The type of power where...
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Of Slurs and Square Roosters: The Strange World of Section 2(a) Refusals

What do an Asian-American rock band and a professional football team from Washington D.C. have in common? Both lost, or were refused, trademark registrations...
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Announcement: New Manufacturing Feature on Trademarkia

LegalForce Trademarkia now helps small businesses design their products and take them to market!  For just $199, we will help you get bids from our network...
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Why Incorporate?

Why should I choose to incorporate my business? 1. Protect your personal assets. By forming a corporation, you separate your personal assets from the company, and are...
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10 Intellectual Property Goals For the New Year

The start of a new year means it’s time to prepare a list of business goals to accomplish this year.  This year every business...

How To Develop Your IP Strategy

As your business grows and your brand becomes more recognizable, it’s important to come up with a strategy on how to best protect your...

Why Use Trademarkia for Domain Registration?

Reserve Domains Trademarkia is the #1 source to protect the right domain name for your business. What is a domain name? It is your brand...
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6 Reasons You Need International Trademark Protection

Today, many businesses are global or have the potential to be. With the click of a mouse, your product can sail over seas or fly across...

Startup Wisdom: Choosing the Right Business Structure

So you have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship. Have you spotted a void in the market and have a clear business...

Registering Trademarks Overseas

Federal registration is not valid outside the United States. However, if you are a qualified owner of a trademark application pending before the USPTO,...
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Marching Towards Madness (and Away From TM Liability)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For many Americans, the month of March is synonymous with kites or St. Patrick's Day or flowers...

5 Things To Consider When Registering Your Trademark

So you think you have a great idea for a business name and logo and are ready to file a trademark. Consider the following...
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How To File A Trademark – Step By Step

If you are reading this, you are probably have asked yourself all ready, "Do I really need a trademark lawyer to file a trademark...
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Who Should Own My Trademark?

The worst mistake you can make in filing your trademark application may be to list yourself as the owner! Under Section  1201.02 (b)  of the...

USE IN COMMERCE — WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

You’re ready to file your trademark application with the USPTO, but you’re asked to provide the date that you first used your mark “in...
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Creating Your Own IP Strategy

As your business grows and your brand becomes more recognizable, it’s important to protect your intellectual property and come up with a strategy for...