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About Josh Gerben, Esq.

Josh Gerben, Esq. is the founder and principal of Gerben Law Firm. In 2008, Mr. Gerben started the firm to provide high-quality trademark services at reasonable prices. Today, he is recognized by the World Trademark Review as a top trademark filer, having registered over 5,500 trademarks. The contents of this blog are for informational purposes only and may not be relied on as legal advice.

3 Common Trademark Mistakes

From deciding on a name to submitting a trademark application with the USPTO, branding your company and protecting its intellectual property is an exciting, yet complicated process. It's critical to ensure you understand how to choose a trademark and register it before jumping into the process. As a trademark law firm, we frequently have businesses [...]

October 22nd, 2020|

What is a Comprehensive Trademark Search?

Before you even begin drafting a trademark application, there’s a crucial step that needs to first take place: a trademark search. While some applicants may believe their path to a registration is clear simply because a quick search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s database did not show any trademarks that conflict with [...]

October 22nd, 2020|

Kobe Bryant’s Estate Files 4 New Trademark Applications

Kobe Bryant, LLC, the Delaware entity that Kobe Bryant's family formed after his passing, has filed four new trademark applications: LIL’ MAMBAS MAMBA LEAGUE LADY MAMBAS MAMBA The trademark applications, all filed on October 16, 2020, indicate an intent to use the marks for a broad variety of clothing items, youth sports programs, sports camps, [...]

October 21st, 2020|

Nelly Files Trademark Application for “YUNG SWIVEL”

Nelly has filed a trademark application for “YUNG SWIVEL,” a nickname he developed while on Dancing with the Stars. According to a story on ET Online, Nelly is says that he uses the "YOUNG SWIVEL" nickname because he can be a little stiff and it loosens him up. The trademark application, filed on October 7th, [...]

October 16th, 2020|

What is a Domain Dispute?

As many industries’ marketplaces move online, more and more businesses are realizing that domain names utilizing their company’s name and information are already taken. While this occurs with mixed intentions, it can come at a great cost for a business looking to house their website under the domain name that best fits their established name [...]

October 15th, 2020|

2020 Presidential Campaign-Related Trademark Tracker

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, a number of campaign-related trademarks have been filed with the USPTO. Following the first round of debates, individuals and companies raced to file trademark applications for popular quotes from the events, including “WILL YOU SHUT UP, MAN,” “BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN PHILADELPHIA” and “STAND BACK AND STAND BY.” Below [...]

October 14th, 2020|

US Trademark Filings Made By Chinese Applicants Reach All-Time High

In September 2020, a record number of trademark filings were made with the USPTO. In total, 72,869 filings were made. However, this all-time high is not cause for celebration, nor does it mean the US economy is firing on all cylinders. 43% of these filings (31,517) came from Chinese-based individuals and businesses. There has never [...]

October 14th, 2020|

The Cost to Register a U.S. Trademark as an Australian Business

Deciding to pursue an international trademark is a critical investment for any expanding business. As a company based in Australia, you may be feeling the confines of working solely within the mainland, or perhaps you are doing business across borders without the security that a trademark registration provides. If you are looking to expand your [...]

October 8th, 2020|

Relocating Your Business to Philadelphia? Things to Consider

If you are a future Philly-business owner, you have almost certainly put time and effort into understanding your company’s new marketplace and the changes you may face in your industry environment upon relocation. When making a big move, it is even more important than ever to make sure that your branding, the key elements that [...]

October 7th, 2020|

Dr. Dre’s Wife Claims Partial Rights to “DR. DRE” Trademarks

Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has filed for divorce from him in California Court. While Gerben Law typically does not cover family matters, this case makes a very significant trademark claim. In the complaint that Nicole Young filed in the Superior Court for the State of California, she makes the accusation that “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ [...]

September 25th, 2020|

Jimmy Butler Files Trademarks for “BIG FACE COFFEE”

Jimmy Butler has filed three new trademark applications for the coffee business he started in the NBA Bubble. The applications were just made on September 4 for “BIG FACE COFFEE,” “NO I.O.U.’S” and a logo. The applications protect Butler's new brand in association with a variety of goods and services, including apparel, mugs and cups, [...]

September 17th, 2020|

Nike and Kawhi Leonard Reach A Settlement Agreement

Nike and Kawhi Leonard have filed documents with the Federal District Court in Portland Oregon revealing that they have come to a settlement agreement in their year-long dispute over the ownership of Kawhi Leonard’s claw logo. This dispute started on June 3, 2019 when Kawhi Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike stating that he was [...]

September 17th, 2020|