Is This a Trademark Scam? **Attorney Advertising**

When you apply for a trademark, your filing becomes a part of the public record.  That means anyone can find out basic information about you, your contact details (including your address and email address listed on the filing) and very specific details about your filings such as your initial application dates and renewal deadlines. Unfortunately, […]

What is the difference between the different forms of intellectual property? **Attorney Advertising**

Intellectual Property is commonly referred to as “creations of the mind,” covering everything from artworks, inventions, logos, trademarks, music and software.  In the world of intellectual property, however, there are different tools used to protect each aspect of one’s creations or inventions. We’ll outline the four major tools used by intellectual property attorneys—trademarks, copyrights, patents […]

Is there such thing as an ”International Trademark”? **Attorney Advertising**

We are often asked by clients if there is such a thing as a “worldwide” trademark that offers protection in every country around the globe. Short answer: No. Generally speaking, you’ll need to apply for trademark protection separately in each country where you wish to do business. The good news, however, is that a number […]

What are the characteristics of a good trademark? ** Attorney Advertising**

Not all trademarks that receive trademark protection are considered “good” or “strong” marks. Many businesses or brands make the mistake of registering weak trademarks that often cause legal and financial headaches down the road. It is for this reason and others that we tell clients that in addition to making sure your desired mark can […]

Trademark Denied: Understanding Failure to Function **Attorney Advertising**

There are many things to consider when trying to determine if you have a protectable trademark, including: How distinctive is the word, phrase, or logo that you wish to use? Does it point to your business or brand as the source of the good or service the mark represents? Is the mark being used in […]

Can I get my trademark back once it’s lapsed? **Attorney Advertising**

It’s possible for a trademark owner to lose the rights to their mark because they failed to renew registration within the necessary time frames set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO). When this happens, the mark is said to be  “cancelled” or “dead.” If a trademark owner lets their mark lapse […]