As the USPTO deals with an increasing number of fraudulent filings, Gerben Law Firm's investigation reveals Chinese subsidy programs for businesses and individuals who obtain U.S. trademark registrations.
Gerben Law Firm works extensively with international clients and their foreign counsel to assist with the filing of trademark applications in the United States (we serve as a local counsel in the United States in this capacity). Clients (and their attorneys) from over 30 countries have used Gerben Law Firm's local counsel trademark services to [...]
Starting November 7th of this year, a 99th member will be added to the Madrid Protocol. Becoming the 115th country, Thailand will officially become a member of the Madrid Protocol. If you have ever wanted to expand your trademark rights to more than one country, you are probably familiar with the Madrid Protocol. If you [...]
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted on a public referendum to leave the European Union. This referendum, known as “Brexit” (a combination of Britain & Exit) and has put the future of British trade with other European Union members in a state of turmoil. However, its effects could reach far outside of Europe, [...]
As a business owner in today's world it is likely that you are, at least, tangentially, in business internationally. That’s because you almost certainly have a website for your business, and that website theoretically gives the entire connected world access to your business, products, and services. While the opportunities of the online marketplace are certainly compelling, [...]
The protections and benefits of a registered U.S. trademark come with a series of responsibilities of ownership. One of your most important responsibilities is to maintain and renew your trademark at the required intervals set by the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Upon the initial registration of your trademark, it is important to make [...]
After you have filed for your US trademark, you may want to expand your trademark protection globally to other countries outside of the US. Whether you have a new business opportunity, are targeting new markets for penetration, or simply want to strengthen your trademark protections in the age of global commerce facilitated by the internet, [...]
How can a foreign company file a US trademark? The advantages and disadvantages of using the Madrid Protocol.
If you are a non-U.S. company doing international business, you’ve probably come across the Madrid Protocol as an option for filing trademarks for protection in a number of countries, including the United States. That being said, a common question that is asked is whether a foreign business should use the Madrid Protocol to file a [...]