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No Contest (USPTO Style)

No Contest (USPTO Style)

While most people realize that they need to file trademark maintenance documents after the fifth year of registration, many fail to take advantage of the opportunity at that time to gain heightened protection for their mark by having the mark acknowl… Read More
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Protection for Less

Protection for Less

Registration of a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is the best and preferred method of trademark protection because it grants nationwide, prioritized ownership rights. But the costs associated with the application process… Read More
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The Other Register

The Other Register

“Descriptiveness” is one of the most often cited reasons for refusal of a trademark application. A trademark must identify the source of the product, rather than just describe it, in order to be registered with the United States Patent and Tradem… Read More
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The Name Game

The Name Game

When creating a corporation, many business owners have a preference for using their own surname as the company name. It’s a source of pride and also helps any existing customers identify the goods and services they sell as specific to them. And b… Read More
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Don’t Miss the Mark

Don’t Miss the Mark

One of the most common legal questions I am asked by clients and friends is, “How do I get a trademark?” This week, I’d like to share the abridged answer with you. Any time you use a word, phrase, symbol or design that you originated, you have… Read More
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On Your Mark, Get Set . .…

On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Whoa!

With visitors from across the globe flooding London to catch a glimpse of the 2012 Olympic Games in recent weeks, a London area cab company planned to attract business by painting the five interlocking rings – the trademarked symbol of the Olympic… Read More
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