When filing a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) you must file for specific goods and/or services in specific classes (called “International Classes”). Sounds simple enough, right? However, complicating this is the fact that the USPTO has 45 different classes (and two special designations for certification marks). Depending on the goods [...]
Product packaging and design can be protected through copyrights, design patents and trade dress.
Navigating the United States trademark filing system can be a daunting task for companies from the European Union or United Kingdom. This is because the information required by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is typically more stringent than the trademark offices in the EU and UK. The following article discusses three main issues [...]
Transferring the ownership of a trademark can be complicated and an incorrect assignment can be fatal to a trademark registration.
Protect your trademark from cybersquatting by using the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP")
How do you file a trademark application? Should you hire an attorney? This article discusses the overview of the registration process and helpful tips about filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Although, in general, trademark rights are established by using the mark in commerce, depending on the timing of your business’ launch, an “Intent to Use” (ITU) application might be right for you.
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 [...]
Receiving a trademark cease and desist letter or infringement notice can be an unsettling event. There are many circumstances under which you may receive one, but they all have one common thread - if the allegations in the letter are true, they can sometimes be devastating for a business. That being said, before becoming too [...]
A good catchphrase can go a long way toward establishing a recognizable brand for an individual, a character, and/or a business. For a business, a catchphrase is typically thought of more as a slogan, but what about something that’s frequently spoken by a person, say, in the course of their profession, or as part of a performance?