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....

Copyright Zombies

This article was originally published at The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog in 2013, titled "Copyright Graveyard." It is being reprinted today with permission from the...

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...

Domain Name Basics – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a domain name? A domain name is known technically as a "uniform resource locator" or "URL."  The domain name locates and identifies...
How To File A Trademark

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...

What Are the Different Types of Intellectual Property?

First lets start off with what exactly is intellectual property? IP is the protection of creations of the mind in the same manner that...
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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...
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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 –...

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...
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How to Choose a Trademark

Choosing a brand name is an exciting time for any business.   As much as it is fun, it is a very important business decision...

What is Intellectual Property Law?

What is it?  Intellectual property law or (IP law for short) is the act of attaining and maintaining your legal rights to your inventions, designs...

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...
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How To Trademark a T-shirt Slogan

Check out Heather A. Sapp's, Senior Trademark Attorney at LegalForce RAPC, guest post on MerchInformer.   She has created a step by step guide...

Filing Your Trademark Internationally

As your business grows, it’s important to evaluate whether or not your brand extends beyond the country in which you are located. Often times,...
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Velvet Veil or Iron Curtain? Picking the Right Limited Liability Entity

  Most startups and small business owners have some inkling of the fact the very next step after forming an idea, is forming a business....

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...

5 Reasons Why Trademarks Are A Must

  Think about how many laundry services are called "Laundry." If you are like me, one pressed shirt is as good as the next so why...
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Starting Your Startup

As both an attorney and entrepreneur, I have personally experienced the common struggles of the brave, new business owner of the 21st century. Through...

Inventor’s Guide: Should You Patent Your Invention

Many people think of inventions, but only a dedicated few pursue them. The ones that do can sometimes change the world. It takes courage,...
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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)...
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How to get a Registered U.S. Trademark through Trademarkia.com

Watch this short animation on how the trademark process work when a trademark is filed through LegalForce Trademarkia!   The video explains the different steps...

4 Tips to Determine: Do I Need a Patent Lawyer?

So you have conceptualized your idea, and want to move forward to the production stage. First you must insure that you have fully mentally...
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Google AdWords and Trademark Infringement

In the previous blog post by my colleague, Alexander Scalia, we were introduced to Google AdWords, and how they can help you establish branding...
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What are Common Law Trademark Rights?

  If I do not want to formally apply to have my brand name registered with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), can...

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...

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...

Difference between Stock and Founder shares

It becomes difficult to control contribution fairly when determining equity ownership when there are more founders. Other key employees should receive stock options, not...
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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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Does Your Brand Need International Protection?

As your business grows, it’s important to evaluate whether or not your brand extends beyond the country in which you are located as trademarks...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing a Patent

Here is a very down and dirty outline of some important steps you need to take in order to file your patent. Use this...
Trademark Disclaimers

Trademark Disclaimers Part II: Why Should I Be Concerned About a Disclaimer?

What if you hyphenate the words? A mere hyphen would not dilute the descriptive nature of the words. The USPTO analysis would then be:...
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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...
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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...

Trademark Infringement

Merely possessing a trademark is not always enough for you to thwart copycats from exploiting your brand. There may still be those that attempt...

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...

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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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...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing Your Own Trademark

If you are reading this, you probably have already asked yourself, “Do I really need a trademark lawyer to file a trademark application?” Well,...

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...