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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.

Anheuser-Busch Files Trademark Applications for Non-Alcoholic Beer

Anheuser-Busch has filed a trademark application for “Budweiser Zero.” The application, submitted on November 4th, was filed on a 1B basis, indicating that Anheuser-Busch intends to offer non-alcoholic beer under the Budweiser Zero brand. Unlike Coke Zero, this appears to mean zero alcohol, as opposed to zero calories. Additionally, the company filed a second trademark […]

What Do Trademark Attorneys Do?

Trademark attorneys typically do five things: Identify your company’s trademarks. Conduct proper trademark searches. Develop a legal filing strategy for your company’s trademarks. Draft trademark applications. Respond to USPTO Office Actions. In today’s world, you have a lot of internet-based companies that claim they can file your trademark for $69, so why should you hire […]

What EXACT Trademark(s) You Should File

When completing a trademark application, one of the most critical questions you will answer is what is the exact trademark you will be registering. When we ask clients this question, we typically get a variety of different answers. Sometimes, businesses or individual just want to register their name, other times they want to protect a […]

Anheuser-Busch Files Trademark for “BUD LIGHT SELTZER”

Anheuser-Busch filed a trademark application for “Bud Light Seltzer” on October 28, 2019. The application, filed on a 1B basis, suggests that the beer maker has an intent to offer Bud Light Seltzer in the near future. This is not the first seltzer application filed by Anheuser-Busch this year. As a matter of fact, Bud […]

Our Trademark Pricing and Process

The trademark application process can be lengthy and complicated. Hiring an attorney to handle the search, filing, and monitoring of your application not only increases the chance of successfully acquiring registration of your trademark, but it also frees up a significant amount of time for you to focus on growing your business. With over eleven […]

4 Steps to Register a United States Trademark as a U.K. Business

The 4 Steps Needed to register a U.S. trademark as a U.K.-based business: File in the United Kingdom first Hire a U.S.-based trademark attorney File your trademark application (either through the USPTO or the Madrid Protocol) Meet USPTO deadlines 1. File in the United Kingdom First Before you begin the process to register your trademark […]

What Can a Trademark Attorney do for Your Business?

If you are a business owner looking to protect your brand, consider working with an experienced trademark attorney.  Your attorney will conduct a comprehensive trademark search and also file your application with the USPTO and respond to Office Actions on your behalf.  Once your trademark is registered, your attorney can monitor its use and work […]

Kawhi Leonard Files Trademark for WHAT IT DO BABY

Kawhi Leonard’s company, Kawhi Leonard LLC, filed two trademark applications with the USPTO on October 23, 2019. The first application was filed for a brand clothing with the trademark “WHAT IT DO BABY.” This phrase happens to be a meme from a viral Instagram post Kawhi made over the summer. The trademark filing suggests that […]

How College Athletes Should Protect Trademarks

California recently passed a law allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness. While this is a very cool law, young people will now require sophisticated legal advice on how to protect their trademarks. How can collegiate athletes protect their name, image and likeness? Here are two things that every college athlete […]

Who Should Own a Trademark?

The very first question on any trademark application is who will the owner of the trademark be? This is an incredibly important question to get correct, because if you answer it incorrectly, the resulting registration can be completely void and worthless. Who can own a federal trademark registration in the United States? There are various […]

Recent USPTO Rule Change No Longer Allows PO Boxes for Applicant Addresses

A recent USPTO policy change states that trademark applicants are no longer allowed to use PO boxes as the address of record in a trademark application and must now use a street address. This change arguably creates a problem for a lot of home-based businesses that would rather not list their home address in their […]

How to Copyright Your Website

If you are a business owner or blogger seeking protection for your website, you should begin the process to copyright your site by registering with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Here are the 5 steps to copyright a website: Determine the ownership of the website’s content. Determine what can be copyrighted. Work with an experienced copyright […]