Tag Archives: IP

When the USPTO speaks: One of two major types of Office Actions

There are lots of potential obstacles you can encounter during the application process of a trademark. These obstacles come in the form of Office Actions from the USPTO. Receiving an Office Action can sometimes, though not always, mean that registration is refused by the Examiner. In this post we’ll discuss one of two major reasons… Continue Reading

Choice Overload: How Do I Pick a Trademark Attorney? (Part 1)

Choice Overload: How Do I Pick a Trademark Attorney? (Part 1)

With all this talk about choosing a name, conducting a clearance search, and understanding the risks involved in trademark registration, I can only imagine how confusing it must all be for the first-time solopreneur. Some things are best left to the experts. Just like you should probably visit a mechanic to fix your car’s transmission,… Continue Reading

Trademark Myths: I can register a famous name in a different category

Trademark Myths: I can register a famous name in a different category

Part Two in Our Four-Part Myth-Buster Series In our last post, we began a four-part series on dispelling common myths about determining whether a business has the right to use the name it has chosen. We started with an example about Starbucks and its famous green lettering and logo to illustrate the concept of confusing… Continue Reading

Why Should a Solopreneur Care About Intellectual Property?

Why Should a Solopreneur Care About Intellectual Property?

“I’m a Small Business. Why should I worry about intellectual property?” It’s a question I am asked often, especially because many of my clients are solopreneurs, startups, and small businesses. A common school of thought is if a brand hasn’t reached the level of global success that say, Coca-Cola or BMW has, there is no… Continue Reading