Can You Trademark a 3-D Shape?

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Trademark law is an extremely complicated topic for business owners, but it’s also one of the most essential parts of protecting your business branding efforts and your intellectual property. Trademarking your name or logo ensures that consumers aren’t confused by deceivingly similar designs, allowing you to safeguard your brand and image. However, one issue continues…

How “Literal Meaning” Can Impact Your Trademark Application

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If you’re trying to set your business apart from its competitors and prevent other companies from using phrases or symbols that define your company, a federal trademark could be a viable solution. The United States Patent and Trademark Office maintains a database of existing trademarks to ensure that parties don’t apply for already-trademarked slogans. Before…

COUNTERFEITS, KNOCKOFFS AND WHY WE ARE MEMBERS OF INTA

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The International Trademark Association (“INTA”) is the worldwide trademark association who has been instrumental in framing how every country in the world communicates on trademarks, infringement and brand enforcement. As members, we attend the Annual Conference which brings together 11,000 trademark attorneys from all over the world. Lately, a hot topic has been how to…

6 Important Tools You Can Put into Your Employee Handbooks to Protect Your Intellectual Property

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Your company’s employee handbook is one of the most important assets surrounding the protection of your intellectual property, primarily because trade secrets are especially vulnerable to employee theft. Because employee theft of intellectual property is costly and sometimes even catastrophic to companies, it is vital that businesses have a plan in place for insider threats.…

An Overview of USPTO Actions

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AN OVERVIEW OF USPTO OFFICE ACTIONS Approximately three months after the moment when you file your trademark application and pay your fee, you may receive an email advising you that an office action has been assigned to your application. An office action is the USPTO’s way of informing applicants that there is a problem (or problems) with the application.…

The 4 Benefits of Having Ongoing Trademark Counsel for Your Business

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If you run a business, then this probably isn’t the first time that you’ve heard about trademarks. Maybe you already have registered marks, or have run into some issues in trying to register one. Although getting your trademark registered is, theoretically, a straightforward process, there are many reasons why it is essential to have a…

Taking Action On Your Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

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As the world has grown smaller due to the internet and fast international travel, counterfeiting has become a widespread issue.  What was once mostly a major concern for clothing retailers and designers, counterfeiting has become a major issue for almost every industry that creates any type of product. More than 100 million counterfeit products are…