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Trademark Law at the Supreme Court: Lee v. Tam

It's a big day for trademark law at the Supreme Court. And by all accounts, a big line to get a seat, as well. It's...
Trademark Opposition

“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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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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Harley-Davidson sues Urban Outfitters for $2 Million

Harley-Davidson sues multinational clothing company Urban Outfitters.  Feel like deja vu to anyone?  Probably because this isn’t the first time Harley-Davidson has sued Urban...
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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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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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Companies Who Filed the Most Trademark Oppositions in 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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Top Trademark Attorneys

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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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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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...
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Run-DMC Founder Sues Walmart and Amazon for $50 Million

  Amazon and Walmart have found themselves in a tricky, tricky, trrrrrricky lawsuit with none other than hip-hop group Run-DMC.  (This is the group behind...
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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...
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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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Top 3 Logo Trend Predictions for 2017

As it is ideal for your brand to be on trend, it is important to stay up to date with the latest innovations in...
USPTO Fee Increase

USPTO Trademark Fee Increase

Important Trademark News:  If you need a trademark, you may want to file before January 14, 2017.  USPTO fees are going up. On January 14,...

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...
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Flying With Altaïr: Getting Your Gaming Startup Off the Ground

December 20th sees the release of the Assassin’s Creed film; the first motion picture in a media franchise that began with a video game...
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Star Wars and Patents

The number of patents that Lucasfilm owns makes them an impressive FORCE (bad pun intended) in intellectual property.  They have filed a lot of...
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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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Litigious One You Are Lucasfilm

On December 16, 2016 Disney is releasing a new Star Wars film titled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”   While this movie is not...
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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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Donald Trump and the USPTO

What is the Future of the USPTO after President-elect Trump Takes Office? Donald Trump is a man of many hats.  Not only figuratively speaking, but...
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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...
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Moana and Intellectual Property

DISNEY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Today is the long-awaited release of the first new Disney Princess movie in three years! Okay, we know what you’re saying.   Moana...
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Guest post-Neil Lassen: Amazon’s Print-On-Demand Merchandising Platform and Trademarks

Today we're featuring a guest post here at the Lawinspiring blog. We invited Neil Lassen, the founder of Merch Informer, to talk about how...
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Political Slogans as Trademarks: Attracting Votes and Revenue

  Political slogans have been playing a role in presidential campaigns since the earliest days of American democracy.  Some slogans strike a cord with voters and...

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...

The Complete List of All 170 Trademarks Filed by Donald Trump

  We searched through the list of trademarks owned by Donald Trump using the free trademark search engine, www.trademarkia.com. We conducted the search mostly out...

Recap of the Community Legal Event at Tempe Marketplace

Last Thursday we'd mentioned that our own Ryan Bethell would be volunteering at the "Let Joe Know" community legal event at Tempe Marketplace. It was...

#CreepyIP Celebrates the Weird in the USPTO Archives

Have you checked out #CreepyIP? The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Halloween-themed social media campaign is sure to get you in the spooky spirit. All October...
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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...

Tonight – Free Legal Advice For Those of You in Arizona!

Are you an upset Arizona consumer? Well, nothing could be worse (except something like falling into a cactus maybe). LegalForce RAPC  is sending one of...

Teal Pumpkins and IP

It’s mid-October, which means the season of teal pumpkins is upon us! We know what you’re thinking – pumpkins are orange, not teal. And while...

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...

Top 3 Branding Tips For Startups

  Don't ignore these very important branding tips as following them may save you a migraine (or two). 1.Identify who you are talking to One rule many...

Subway Introduces Fresh, New Logo

    Subway's New Logo On Friday, the popular sandwich chain released a minimalistic logo to be the face of the new and improved Subway that promises...

The UK May Exit The EU – What This Could Mean For Your EU...

  On June 23rd 2016, the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum in favor of ‘BREXIT’, an exit from the European Union. This could...

Apple Patent Infringement Case May Lead To A Cease of iPhone Sales in China

Beijing’s Intellectual Property Office recently held that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on design patent rights held by Chinese device maker...

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...

Facebook Wins Chinese Trademark Case

  International trademark cases appear to get sticky, especially in China. Fortunately, this recent trademark case did not get lost in translation. Chinese beverage company attempted...

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