December 12, 2019

Cybersquatting (19-12.2)

Thanks to the internet, many new things have become possible in the relatively short time it has been around. Not all of those things are good, though, as it may not be hard to imagine...

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December 5, 2019

Federal vs. State Trademark Registration (19-12.1)

As we have previously discussed, there are common law rights in trademarks, but some states have also supplemented the common law rights with their own registration structures...

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November 28, 2019

Trademarking Your Name (19-11.4)

Registering your personal name as a trademark may be a good way to protect against people who are looking to profit from it....

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November 21, 2019

Unregistered Trademarks (19-11.3)

Having a trademark registration is not completely necessary to get some degree of defense, but your best bet to stop people from stealing your brand and getting away with it is to get is registered!

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November 14, 2019

Trademark Statements of Use (19-11.2)

Statements of use are official forms the USPTO uses to verify that products that are supposed to be protected under a Trademark actually being used by the TM owner...

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November 7, 2019

What is the Supplemental Register? (19-11.1)

The supplemental register allows for certain marks that don’t have the distinctiveness required to be registered on the principal register (the “main” register), but still have the capacity to gain distinctiveness through use...

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October 31, 2019

Trademark Dilution (19-10.5)

Trademark dilution is a relatively new addition to the law, but that may be because it attempts to solve a more modern problem. Dilution, or anti-dilution, laws are meant to stop others from using a famous trademark, even if there is no confusion or competition between the products, in an effort to protect the owner’s right to the care it took in building a good reputation...

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October 24, 2019

Maintaining A Trademark (19-10.4)

As long as a trademark is properly maintained, it can potentially last forever...

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October 10, 2019

Trademark Incontestability (19-10.2)

Gaining Incontestable Status is a great achievement. Once incontestability has been established, as its name implies, there are very few ways that your trademark can be challenged.  It puts you in a very strong position to enforce your trademark rights!  

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