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Trademark Protection For a Band or Musician Name

Protecting the name of your band or musical acts name can help prevent confusion and can make marketing easier in the crowded music space. However, there are certain ways that musician trademarks differ from a typical trademark, especially in the requirements for registering a trademark for musical recordings with the United States Patent and Trademark [...]

Supreme Court To Decide if Law Preventing Registration of Disparaging Trademarks is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court recently granted cert (meaning that they agreed to hear arguments) in Lee v. Tam, a case challenging the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s ban on the registration of ‘disparaging’ trademarks. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue, but denied the request of the owners of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks [...]

3 Important Reasons to Trademark Your Band Name

When you trademark your band’s name, you are making a major investment in the protection of your band’s identity and name, and you’re helping to prevent some major pitfalls and problems - ones that can create big headaches for you down the line.  Protecting your band’s identity and name is important to your success - [...]

What Do Musicians Need to Know About Trademarks?

As you may have heard recently, trademark attorneys for Taylor Swift have filed for trademark protection for a number of lyrics and phrases taken from her songs. These trademark applications are still working their way through the USPTO approval protocol, so it remains to be seen whether the marks will be approved.  That being said, [...]

How to Trademark a Band Name

From novice musicians to established arena rock stars alike, one of the biggest things that a band has going for them – aside from their songs – is their name. After all, how many times do you hear (or ask) the question, “Who sings that?” Regardless of if you’re looking to make it big, or [...]