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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

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

Trademark Myths: How do I know if I have the right to use the name I chose?

Trademark Myths: How do I know if I have the right to use the name I chose?

A four-part myth-buster series Welcome back. If you’re following my posts, you have determined now that company names, as well as names for products, services, etc., are protected by trademark law. You also know that merely registering with the Secretary of State is not enough to protect your name. So how do you know if… 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