Donna Ray Berkelhammer

Donna Ray Berkelhammer

Sands Anderson PC

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What does the Redskins Cancellation Mean for My Business and Trademarks?

The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently cancelled several Washington Redskins trademarks on the grounds that at the time these marks were registered, they were disparaging or offensive. This means the marks should...more

6/20/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Football Laches Native American Issues NFL Redskins Registration Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

A Trade Name May Not Smell So Sweet If It’s Also a Trademark

There are many legal principals behind names of companies and their products and services. It is common for new businesses to check with the North Carolina Secretary of State to make sure no one else has their name. This is...more

1/28/2014 - Trade Names Trademarks

What Does Intellectual Property Mean to a Small Business?

Intellectual property is “inventions of the mind:” inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce to identify the owner as a source of goods or services. But what does this...more

9/24/2013 - Copyright Logos Patents Small Business Trademarks

Crossing the Line into Genericide

Trademark attorneys constantly tell clients not to use their trademarks as a noun or a verb; trademarks are adjectives that describe who makes a specific product or offers a specific service. To allow your trademark to be...more

8/2/2013 - Brand Genericide Lack of Specificity Trademarks

Trademarks Are Not Monopolies

Trademarks are brand names or logos that identify the producers of products or services in the marketplace, so that customers can find what they are looking for....more

6/4/2013 - Logos Monopolization Trademarks

Why Legal and Marketing Conflict on How to Choose a Trademark

If you work with startups as I do, one of the first issues is choosing the company or product name. I have worked with countless marketing companies that advised their clients to “be descriptive” when selecting the...more

4/10/2013 - Advertising Marketing Registration Startups Trademarks

Of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

Entrepreneurs often know they need to protect their intellectual property, but often they don’t understand what kind of intangible asset can be protected and under what law....more

4/2/2013 - Copyright Patents Trademarks

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