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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...

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...
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2017: The Year of Colors in Trademark Law

Trademarking a color might seem unusual but it's not impossible. The main function of a trademark is that it helps in identifying a source...

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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YouTube To YourMark: Applying Trademark Protection to YouTube Channels

  With the growth of crowd sourced and  alternative media, the importance of protecting one’s creative outlet is likewise of growing concern. Just ask PewDiePie,...

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...

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....
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“Hey, you can’t do that!”: A Guide to Trademark Oppositions

You file your trademark application, and wait with baited breath for 12-16 weeks to hear from the USPTO examiners.  Your application passes the official...
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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...

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...
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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...
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6 Tips: Responding to Brand Theft

As an entrepreneur, you have worked hard to carefully build your reputation. However, imagine that one day you are surprised by that customer that...
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Can Amazon Trademark Alexa’s Blue Rings?: PART 2

Part-2 Functionality and why trademark, why not patent? Functionality contd.. In my previous article, I discussed how a mark/color/feature cannot attain a trademark registration if the...

Trademarks, Signaling, and Innovation

13-year old Rachel Zietz was a skilled lacrosse player who became frustrated after spending hundreds of dollars on lacrosse equipment that was of low...
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Can Amazon Trademark Alexa’s blue rings?: PART 1

Part-1- The USPTO Application analysis Almost three years back, in the year 2014, Amazon Technologies Inc. (Amazon) introduced Amazon Echo, popularly known as Echo. Echo...

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,...

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...

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...

Trademarks after Tam: A Rise in Offensive Filings and the Washington Redskins

Four weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruling in Matal v. Tam answered a decades long question that has captivated the attention of the media, businessman, sports fans, and legal theorists alike: the team name...
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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...

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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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 2)

So what if I think I qualify for more than one protection? Can I have two (or more) intellectual property protections for the same...
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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...

What You Need To Know About Trademark ID’s

As a trademark attorney, one of the most common misunderstandings that I see among my clients, is the confusion between Classes and ID’s. Very...
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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...

Year-End Checklist

In the last dwindling days of December, it's not just Santa who should be making a list and checking it twice. The end of the...

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...
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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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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It’s Hook and Loop, Not Velcro!: A Discussion of Trademark Genercide

You may have noticed the video “Don’t Say Velcro” trending on your social media platforms this week. The video, produced by Velcro® Brand’s legal...
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Not Just For File Cabinets and Desk Drawers: The Importance of Organizational Skills

Many new business owners are so focused on honing their services, obtaining financing, and expanding their clientele that they forsake the importance of recording...

Monetizing Intellectual Property at Universities – Part 1

Historically, universities have been expected to conduct research, publish their results, and make their data and findings accessible to the public. However, with universities...
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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”...

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...
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Monetizing Intellectual Property at Universities- Part 2

(READ Post 1 HERE) Patents, Trade Secrets and Open Licenses The traditional model, of universities assuming ownership over patentable technology created under their policies, and then licensing...