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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.

When to Start the Trademark Registration Process

When should you start the trademark registration process for your company, brand, or service name? The answer is, as soon as humanly possible. The number one mistake that I have seen clients make over the 11 years that I’ve run my practice is falling in love with a name and having no ability to change […]

How a Federal Trademark Registration Protects Your Dietary Supplement Brand

A federal trademark registration provides valuable protections for your dietary supplement brand.  You will have the presumption of nationwide protection for your trademark.  You also will be able to more easily take down infringing listings on online marketplaces, such as Amazon. Your registered trademark can also be a springboard to international trademark registration. You’ve worked […]

Non-US Companies (and Citizens) Cannot File Trademarks Without a U.S. Attorney

On August 3rd, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office implemented a rule requiring foreign companies and individuals domiciled outside of the United States to use a licensed U.S. attorney to file trademark applications, renewals, and almost any other document before the USPTO. This affects every company and individual outside of the U.S., but it can […]

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 […]