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Odd and Offbeat Trademark Filings

Almost anything can act as a trademark. A sound, a smell, even a motion. Anything that is capable of distinguishing a distinct source of a product or service can be registered as a trademark.  With this being the case, there are some pretty odd and peculiar trademark applications that get filed with the United States Patent [...]

Correctable and Incorrectable Errors in Trademark Ownership

These materials were originally presented by Eric Perrott to the American Bar Associations’s Committee on USPTO Operations Relating to the Trademarks and Ex Parte Trademark Practice as a part of their “brown bag” trademark discussions. As trademark attorneys, we have all needed to sift through complicated ownership structures to attempt to figure out exactly who [...]

On-line Copyright and Trademark Enforcement: Why Registration of Your Intellectual Property is Critical

As many successful online entrepreneurs have found out, with success comes copycats, especially on marketplaces like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon.  With access to platforms that allow anyone to easily set up an on-line store and sell goods, on-line infringement and counter-fitting of trademarks and copyrights has become a rampant problem. The single most effective step [...]

3 Reasons to Trademark the Name of Your Construction Management Company

As cities across the U.S. either experience a continued boom or a period of strong, aggressive rebuilding, construction management has moved to the forefront as an industry. Experts in the field are taking hands-on experience to developers, contractors, and other builders to maximize efficiency, quality, and opportunity in the structures they are building. Owners of [...]

How to Trademark Your Financial Services Business Name

Financial service companies should consider protecting their names and brands. Learn more about financial services trademarks.

What Do Athletes Need to Know About Registering A Trademark?

The world of sports is full of opportunities for trademarks: catchphrases, nicknames, slogans, and so on. Each of these types of words or phrases can become embedded in the consciousness of sports fans, making them prime candidates for merchandising. Those opportunities may bring with them groups of individuals or businesses who wish to try and [...]

How to Respond to A Trademark Infringement Notice on eBay

Selling products on eBay can be a very lucrative income source, in fact, many individuals have built entire businesses based around it. The realities of buying and selling online, however, mean that some individuals or businesses may attempt to sell counterfeit or otherwise falsified products bearing the name or logo or a company, even if [...]

4 Reasons to Register Your Trademark Internationally

One of the most challenging aspects of protecting a trademark in the world today is protecting the trademark internationally. Because there is not a simple way to 'globally' register a trademark in every country, a trademark owner must register its trademark rights in each and every individual country where it seeks protection. The following four [...]

How to Respond to a Claim of Trademark Infringement on Amazon Marketplace

Operating as a seller in Amazon Marketplace, you may one day find yourself in receipt of a notice or claim of trademark infringement. This claim might come from several places - it could be from Amazon itself, from another seller, or from a manufacturer or other merchant - one that may not even operate on [...]

Software Name Trademarks Are Crucial

You’re a software developer. You’ve worked hard on your product. All those hours, all that coding, all the design and testing. You put a lot into creating your software. Do you know how to protect what you’ve made? What is a trademark? In general, a trademark is legal protection for a name, design, logo, or [...]