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How Coexistence Agreements Work

In trademark law, coexistence agreements are contracts whereby two trademark owners agree to use their similar marks, but agree to limitations. For example, the two owners might agree that their respective goods or services...more

Do I Need To Trademark Under State Law?

Many are familiar with trademark registration under federal law. Some may not know that trademark registration is also available under state laws. In general, registering a trademark under state law is unnecessary, but there...more

International Trademark Classes: What is the Nice Agreement?

Filing for a trademark through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is probably a mysterious process for most people. There are several types of trademark applications and many different filing bases. Given...more

PCT Filings: One Method to Seek International Patent Protection

Filing for patent protection with the USPTO is probably somewhat familiar to inventors and businesses here in the United States. However, the options for seeking international patent protections are probably less well known....more

Cannabis Trademark Opposition: A Fanciful Counterfactual Illustration

Parties file oppositions against pending trademark applications for a wide variety of reasons. Often, a party filing an opposition or requesting an extension of time to do so will contact the Applicant before filing or at the...more

Managing an International Trademark Portfolio

Because trademark protection is territorial in nature, managing an international trademark portfolio is complex. Your company may have one trademark or hundreds, in either  case you need experienced and skilled trademark...more

4 Common Reasons for a Trademark Registration Refusal

When someone applies for a federal trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is possible for the trademark registration application to be refused. While this is often disappointing,...more

How Startups Can Protect Their IP Rights

For businesses that are just starting out, intellectual property (IP) rights can be immensely valuable. Your IP rights could be the business asset that sets your company apart from your competitors. Equally important to...more

How to Protect Your Trade Secrets

Many businesses choose to protect their valuable intellectual property assets through the use of trade secret protection. A trade secret is any valuable business information that derives its value from being kept secret. The...more

Conducting Business Via the Cloud: The Role of SaaS Agreements

Many, if not all, businesses need to utilize software in order to function. The software might take the form of an inventory ordering system, a payment processing system, or a smartphone app for the company. Software is...more

Startups: Patent Filing Is Cheaper Than You Think

Filing a patent application as a startup can seem daunting and infeasible because the cost associated with obtaining a patent is so high. For most startups money is tight, and spending money on something as intangible as...more

International Trademark Filing Made Easy With the Madrid Protocol

U.S. companies that conduct business abroad or that are interested in expanding into international markets should seriously consider the benefits of filing for international trademark protection on the valuable trademarks...more

Managing an Intellectual Property Portfolio

One of the most useful and valuable assets a company can possess are intellectual property (IP) rights. IP rights are intangible assets that can be leveraged just like physical assets because they have value. IP rights take...more

Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups

One of the toughest things about being a new and struggling startup is that funds can be incredibly limited, so you have to carefully assess how to use the precious resources you have most effectively...more

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