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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.

Little League Baseball Files New Trademark for “LIVE YOUR SERIES”

Little League Baseball has filed a new trademark application for “LIVE YOUR SERIES.” The application, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on February 25, was filed on an intent-to-use basis. This suggests that Little League Baseball plans to use the phrase in association with things like clothing, cloth patches, and baseball […]

Can I File My Own Trademark Application?

Yes, as long as you are an American citizen or a company domiciled in the United States, you are able to file your own trademark application. However, just because you can doesn’t mean you should–while the lack of initial legal fees may be appealing, filing an application without the assistance of a trademark attorney often […]

Dunkin’ Files New Trademarks for “IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE COFFEE”

Dunkin’, formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts, has filed two new trademark applications for “IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE COFFEE” on February 20. The phrase originates from Dunkin’s wildly successful marketing campaign back in the ‘80s and ‘90s for “it’s time to make the donuts.” The campaign, featuring Fred the Baker, lasted for fifteen years until […]

USPTO Rule Change Subjects Trademark Applicants to Unwanted Emails

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently revised a rule that now requires trademark applicants to include an email address in their trademark application, even if they’re represented by an attorney. This is a massive departure from the original rule in which a law firm could provide their own email address, rather than […]

Foot Locker Files Trademarks for ‘WOOLWORTH’

Foot Locker has filed two new trademarks applications for ‘WOOLWORTH.’ The applications, filed on February 10th, indicate that Foot Locker has an intent to launch a Woolworth retail store as well as Woolworth brand of clothing, footwear and headwear. Both of these applications were filed on an intent to use basis, meaning that Foot Locker […]

Shawn Carter Files New Trademarks for JAY Z

Shawn Carter has filed two new trademark applications for his professional name, JAY Z. While Carter already owns the JAY Z trademark registration in relation to entertainment services and musical recordings, the applications filed on February 13 cover a wide range of products. The trademark applications indicate that Carter has an intent to sell JAY […]

Brexit: Impact on EU Trademark Filings and Registrations

As Brexit is now in effect, you may be wondering about the implications this transition may have on your trademark registration. Current EU trademark owners will comply with existing EU trademark law until December 31, 2020. After that, the registrations will automatically be transferred to the United Kingdom trademark register. Applications still pending with the […]

How to Revive a Dead Trademark

If your own trademark has fallen into ‘dead’ or ‘abandoned’ status, you may be able to file a petition to revive it. In order to file the petition, you must show that the abandonment was unintentional, and you must submit the petition within 60 days of the Notice of Abandonment (learn how to respond to […]

Can You File a Trademark on Your Own?

Question: Can you file your own trademark application? Answer: Yes, you can file a trademark application on your own. However, there are a number of good reasons you should hire a trademark attorney to assist you with the registration. Mainly, there is a huge difference in the success of applications that are filed with attorneys […]

USPTO Refuses Fox Media’s “OK BOOMER” Trademark Application

Fox Media’s trademark application for “OK BOOMER” was refused by the USPTO on February 4th. In issuing the refusal, the USPTO examiner found that “OK BOOMER” was a widely used and common place message. The rule that was applied by the examiner, 1202.04(b), essentially states that you cannot register a meme or a popular phrase […]

Overview of Trademark Filing Fees

Each trademark registration is different, based on the type of application filed and the number of international classes included.  However, basic filing fees are as follows: TEAS Plus application–$225 per class TEAS RF application–$275 per class TEAS Regular application–$400 per class Read on to learn more about these applications and additional fees associated with filing […]

Little League Baseball Files Trademark for New Logo

Little League Baseball has filed a trademark application for a new logo. Submitted on January 27, the application was filed on an intent-to-use basis, meaning that Little League Baseball signed a sworn statement that the league intends to use the logo in association with all the goods and services they listed. This includes goods such […]