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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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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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...

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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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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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”...
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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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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 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...
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Trademark Infringement: Wrigley sues E-cig Firm Over Famous Chewing Gum Products

On July 13, 2017, Chicago-based chewing gum company W.M. Wrigley Jr. Company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Chi-Town Vapers LLC, another Chicago based...
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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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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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Proof of Use and USPTO Federal Trademark Registration

Individuals and business are constantly attempting to register their brands with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trademarking process is often...

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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Trademark Disclaimers Part I: What is a Disclaimer?

Disclaimers are an inherent part of the trademark registration process. So what are “disclaimers”? According to the USPTO, a disclaimer is when the applicant...

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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“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...

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...

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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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 1)

So I have a design I want to protect – say it is the design for a dress, the style of the dress, or...

How IP Helps Your Business

    Once you have filed your patents, trademarks and copyrights you are attaining and acquiring exclusive rights to your unique ideas. In other words, you...
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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...
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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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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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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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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...

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...

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,...

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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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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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...
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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...

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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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...

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....
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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...

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...

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...
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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...