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This trademark blog and informational section of the website is meant to provide you with answers to commonly asked questions about trademark searching, filing, and registration.

Starting August 3rd, 2019, Foreign Trademark Applicants Must Hire U.S. Attorneys

Effective August 3rd, 2019, the USPTO will require foreign applicants, registrants, or parties to a trademark proceeding to be represented by a U.S. attorney.

How to Use the Canadian Trademark Database

Obtaining an international trademark is an effective way to protect your brand.  If your international trademark strategy includes Canada, be sure to conduct a search on the Canadian trademark database before you file your application.  The Canadian Intellectual Property Office, or CIPO, provides a detailed tutorial on their website.  Read below to learn about the […]

How to Register a Trademark Internationally

 One of the biggest questions we get from clients is, “How do I register my trademark internationally?” Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a single way to register your trademark in every country around the world. Each individual country is its own sovereign and requires its own trademark application. So, regardless of how you […]

Why Are Trademark Searches Critical to New Brands?

As a new brand seeking to establish itself as a reputable source of products and sources, a trademark registration is an excellent way to provide a greater sense of authenticity and legitimacy for the brand, as well as produce a barrier of legal protection for the brand you have worked so hard to build. Prior […]

How to Ensure a Trademark License is Done Properly

When you registered your trademark with the USPTO, you may not have considered one day allowing others to use it.  Now, as your business expands and your brand is becoming more recognizable, it may be time to consider licensing your trademark.  Trademark licensing is an agreement in which a registered trademark owner, the licensor, grants […]

How to Use Trademarks to Build Your Toy Brand

Children, unlike their parents and grandparents, are often the most brand loyal customers around. Studies have shown that brand awareness can begin as early as two-years-old, and it’s often hard to break a loyalty once it’s been established. For people in the toy industry, this means that a strong brand is the key to success. […]

6 Steps to Register a Trademark in the EU

A registered trademark is a valuable asset for any brand. Your U.S. trademark, however, only protects you in legal disputes within the United States. To gain legal protection for your mark outside the U.S., you must register your trademark in other countries. Whether your online retail store reaches customers in Italy or your software firm […]

How to Protect Your Trademark in the Internet of Things Industry

With the rise of the Internet of Things industry, which includes physical objects that connect to the internet and interact with other things, it is becoming more and more important for companies to understand the proper use and application of trademarks. There are two main things to consider when you’re developing and launching your own […]

5 Steps to Protecting Your Trademark Internationally

The protections you receive as a U.S. trademark owner are a valuable asset to your business. However, it is important to know that those protections only apply to trademark disputes within the United States. Whether your retail store reaches customers in Europe or you plan to manufacture products in Asia, it is time to consider […]

How to Prove Commercial Use of Your Product or Service

 What does proof of commercial use mean in the context of a trademark application? We get this question all the time. We often file trademarks for businesses that aren’t up and running based on an intent to use a trademark. The benefit of filing it on that intent to use, is that the priority […]

How to Protect the Name of Your Crowdfunded Product

  With so many businesses raising funds for new products through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe, it is important to understand the process required to protect the name of your product before you launch. Below are four important steps to follow when considering to trademark your company or product name. 1. Run a […]

How to Identify Your Company’s Trademarks

The vast majority of questions our firm gets are about protecting business names, logos, and slogans with federal trademark filings. These are a great place to start, but there are many other things a business may want to protect. Is your business protecting the names of product and service lines? Two of the most common […]