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The Facts on Filing an International Trademark

After you have registered your U.S. trademark, you may be considering expanding your protections to other countries. In today’s global marketplace, it is often a good idea to have a strategic international trademark plan. Whether you reach customers in Europe or you manufacture goods in China, filing an international trademark can be a valuable, and [...]

Checking the Status of Your Trademark Registration

The process to register a trademark can take eight to ten months on average, but occasionally, it can take a year or more before approval. In order to ensure a smooth, efficient process, it is up to you, the applicant, to check the status of your trademark and follow up as needed. Failure to do [...]

Why Our Trademark Services Are Unique

One thing that makes our firm extremely special is the type of trademark search that we offer to our clients.  The trademark search we conduct is called a federal, state, and common law search. This looks through three different areas that could be a problem for the trademark you're considering using. A full federal trademark [...]

Sister Jean Trademark Application Contains Critical Errors

  If you recall last year’s March Madness tournament, the Loyola University of Chicago made it to the semifinals and the team chaplain, Sister Jean, received a lot of press. Sister Jean was shown on national television often during the tournament. So, in advance of the tournament this year, Loyola University has moved [...]

Why Everyone Should Be Monitoring Their Trademark

As a trademark attorney, the most difficult thing to convince our clients to do, is to engage us to monitor their trademark registrations that we’ve worked so hard to obtain. I understand the mentality. Once you obtain your trademark registration, you are eager to move onto other priorities in your business and decide to not [...]

Joel Embiid’s Trademark Filing for ‘THE PROCESS’ May Soon Be Denied

  The 76ers recently had a big win at Oracle Arena, which led me to take a look at a trademark application by Joel Embiid for “The Process.” After reviewing the trademark, I have a prediction to make. This trademark application for THE PROCESS was filed by Joel Embiid back in October 2016 [...]

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft has a Suspicious Trademark Registration on 19-0

Following the Super Bowl last week, I decided to look back over trademark filings the Patriots have made. In this video, I show a trademark registered by the Kraft Group LLC (presumably a company owned by Robert Kraft) for “19-0.” You’ll notice that the trademark was filed just days before the 2008 Super [...]

Office Action Responses: Specimen Refusal After Filing a Statement of Use

Specimen refusals to Statement of Use filings can be catastrophic for the applicant. This article looks at what to do if you received a specimen refusal.

Why Every U.S. Business Should Register Its Trademark in China

Today is our very first video from our new studio here at the office. I hope you are going to enjoy some of the videos we will be producing about trademark issues that come up in the future. For our very first video, I wanted to discuss how important registering for a trademark in [...]

Which International Classes Should I Include in My U.S. Trademark Application?

When filing a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) you must file for specific goods and/or services in specific classes (called “International Classes”). Sounds simple enough, right? However, complicating this is the fact that the USPTO has 45 different classes (and two special designations for certification marks). Depending on the goods [...]