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Beware of a Trademark Scam Coming from USPTO.ORG

We were recently made aware of a brand new trademark scam by a client. The client received an unsolicited email from an entity called uspto.gov <noreply@uspto.org>. The email claimed that a “refund request” was issued with the USPTO and the trademark application in question was in danger. Here is what the email said: We have been notified by your Trademark […]

General, How To's, The Basics, Trademark Filing, Trademark Protection

Trademark Registration for BIMI Authentication

Have you heard of BIMI? It is a security feature for emails that helps your outgoing messages avoid someone’s spam filter.   To qualify for BIMI authentication, one of the requirements is that you have a trademark registered for the logo that will appear on the top left-hand corner of your outgoing messages. Having your emails blocked by spam filters isn’t […]

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How Creators Can Recover Rights Under Copyright Termination

If you are a designer or creator, there is a good chance you’ve owned hundreds, if not thousands, of copyrights during your career. For creative professionals working on a contract basis, those copyrights will typically transfer to the person or company who paid for them. However, it is not always easy for a creator to know the value of their […]

Digital, General, Technology

NFTs and Trademarks: Gerben’s Complete Guide

How intellectual property is relevant to NFTs NFTs have exploded in recent years and many questions are emerging around how trademarks can be used as a strategy to protect NFT brands. We’ve completed this guide to help NFT users navigate through the trademark waters. What is a trademark? Federally registered trademark protection is always important when it comes to protecting […]

General, Industries, Technology

Trademarks and the Metaverse: Gerben’s Complete Guide

The metaverse provides a unique opportunity to offer virtual goods and services in a realistic 3D digital environment. It literally creates a new world for growing your brand and your business – not just for existing products, but for innovative new goods and services tailored specifically to a 3D environment. As businesses commit to providing goods and services in the […]

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A Guide to Trademark Registration for NFT Projects

A lot of people have asked me lately: can I protect the name of my NFT project with a trademark? Absolutely! Despite being a new technology, our “old” laws still apply. Obtaining a trademark registration on your NFT project is a great way to protect yourself in the marketplace. NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, seem to be on the top of […]

General, How To's, Trademark Filing

How to Protect Your Privacy at the USPTO When Filing a Trademark Application

When you file a trademark application, you put a lot of information on the public record and, once filed, it is nearly impossible to remove. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a public filing system, meaning that there is no expectation that any of the information you provide will be private. This data is available through bulk downloads […]

Australian Trademarks, General, International

What is the Cost of an Australian Trademark?

Your brand is a treasured asset, and the only way to ensure it is fully protected is by registering a trademark. Australian trademarks, like their U.S. counterparts, must be registered with the government to acquire protection for your assets. The cost of registering your trademark depends on the number of classes you wish to file. Assuming there are no objections or […]

General, The Basics, Trademark Filing

Is Miami a Good Place to Start a Business?

Whether you are a longtime resident of South Florida considering business ownership or you’re an entrepreneur in the Midwest researching where to start your next venture, you may be wondering if Miami is the right place to open your business. With millions of visitors a year, a diverse customer base, and a strong workforce, it’s never been a better time […]

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Register Your Trademarks with U.S. Customs as Part of a Comprehensive Brand Protection Program

Trademark registration in the United States is considered the “gold standard” for brand owners and is vital in any effective brand protection program, but did you know that you can also register your trademarks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection? U.S. Customs has the power to seize and destroy counterfeit or non-genuine items before they ever enter the U.S. marketplace. […]

General, The Basics, Trademark Protection

Another Business is Using Our Name – What Should We Do?

Your business’s intellectual property is what makes your brand unique and helps you stand out in a crowded industry. When an individual or business infringes on your mark it can have a significant impact on your brand’s success. Confused consumers could be steered away from the products or services you offer. Even worse, your brand’s reputation could be damaged, if the […]

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