Tracy-Gene G. Durkin

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

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MarkIt to MarketTM - May 2016

The May 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the April 2016 revisions to the USPTO's Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure ("TMEP") and notes currently open gTLD Sunrise...more

6/1/2016 - Domain Names Examination Procedures gTLD Sunrise Periods Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

MarkIt to MarketTM - April 2016

The April 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses (1) the evolving nature of the USPTO's U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and how to use this document to craft better...more

5/2/2016 - Goods or Services gTLD ICANN Sunrise Periods Trademarks USPTO

MarkIt to MarketTM - March 2016

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use requirements of which trademark owners should be aware before undertaking a foreign filing program, and currently open gTLD sunrise...more

4/2/2016 - Domain Names gTLD Indonesia Intellectual Property Protection International Litigation Non-Use of Trademarks Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM - February 2016

The February issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the trademark implications of so-called "zombie" brands, examines Reddit reactions to the Fine Brothers' attempts to register and monetize the...more

3/3/2016 - Domain Names gTLD Personal Brands Reddit Sunrise Periods Trademark Registration Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM - January 2016

The January issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses best practices for companies seeking to refresh or rebrand in 2016, outlines the top three considerations for companies conducting a...more

2/22/2016 - Corporate Branding Digital Assets Domain Names gTLD Intellectual Property Protection Logos Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM - December 2015

The December issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market TM newsletter discusses key takeaways as a result of a recent TTAB case in which a trademark was found to be laudatory, sends seasons greetings from the firm, and...more

12/31/2015 - Domain Names gTLD Restaurant Industry Services Sunrise Periods Trademark Registration Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM - November 2015

The November issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses how authors can better protect titles of creative works in the U.S., outlines seven best practices for social media marketers seeking to quickly...more

12/3/2015 - Books gTLD ICANN Intellectual Property Protection Marketing Personal Brands Social Media Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM - October 2015

The October issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use in commerce as applied to mobile applications and services, outlines best practices for ensuring your business owns artwork and textual works...more

11/2/2015 - Art gTLD Mobile Apps Service Marks Sunrise Periods Textual Works Trademarks Use in Commerce

MarkIt to MarketTM - September 2015

The September issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market™ newsletter discusses considerations when filing a petition under the USPTO pilot program, outlines what you should know when protecting a trademark for wearable...more

10/7/2015 - Domain Names gTLD Intellectual Property Protection Patents Sunrise Periods Technology Trademarks USPTO USPTO Pilot Program Wearable Technology

MarkIt to Market - August 2015

The August issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses consent agreements and how to avoid naked consent, suggests 5 steps for protecting shrinking trademarks, and provides an updated list of the Sunrise...more

9/8/2015 - Consent Agreements Domain Names gTLD Sunrise Periods Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks USPTO

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

8/6/2015 - gTLD ICANN Personal Brands Sunrise Periods Trademarks

Why it Pays to Make Nice with Marketing

You may have read here before about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) increased focus on removing "deadwood" – registrations that remain in force, but cover marks that are not actually in use for all of the...more

8/5/2015 - Intellectual Property Protection Marketing Personal Brands Services Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

MarkIt to MarketTM - July 2015

The July issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter explains why two pronged protection is the best approach for product configuration, discusses the importance of coordination between legal and marketing...more

8/3/2015 - Design Patent gTLD ICANN Marketing Patents Sunrise Periods Trade Dress Trademark Registration Trademarks Use in Commerce

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

7/14/2015 - Brand Domain Names gTLD ICANN Registration Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM | June 2015

In This Issue: - Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse - Upcoming Changes in Canadian Trade Mark Trademark Law - Changes in U.S Certification Mark Requirements - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - The...more

7/1/2015 - Brand Canada Domain Names gTLD Hashtags Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to Market - May 2015

The May issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter covers the negative impact of counterfeiting on e-commerce websites, recent changes in Russian trademark law, and an updated list of the Sunrise periods...more

6/1/2015 - Counterfeiting E-Commerce gTLD Russia Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to MarketTM | April 2015

In This Issue: - I Second that e-Motion: Protecting Motion Marks - USPTO Begins Accepting International Design Applications - Attending INTA Annual Meeting - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt...more

5/1/2015 - Counterfeiting Design Patent Domain Names gTLD Hague Agreement International Trademark Protection Sunrise Periods Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

4/8/2015 - Domain Names gTLD ICANN Registration Sunrise Periods Trademarks

MarkIt to Market | March 2015

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter provides 5 considerations for prioritizing your global trademark protection, identifies takeaways from a recent trade dress decision, and provides an updated...more

4/2/2015 - Color Marks gTLD Sunrise Periods Trade Dress Trademarks

MarkIt to Market - February 2015

The February issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter provides takeaways from the Supreme Court's Hana Financial decision, identifies a new anti-counterfeiting tool for owners of Canadian trademarks and...more

3/2/2015 - Canada Counterfeiting Domain Names gTLD Hana Financial v Hana Bank SCOTUS Sunrise Periods Tacking Trademarks

MarkIt to Market - January 2015

The January issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter comments on the trend of seeking to register popular slogans as trademarks, supplies a template for auditing your trademark rights, and gives an updated list...more

2/2/2015 - Audits Brand gTLD Sunrise Periods Trademarks

USPTO Takes on Deadwood

For several years now, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been concerned about the amount of "deadwood" on the U.S. trademark Register – registrations that remain in force, but cover marks that are not actually...more

12/30/2014 - Trademarks USPTO

USPTO Fees Reduced for 2015

Effective January 17, 2015, the USPTO has announced a number of fee reductions for 2015, including a $50 reduction in the cost to file electronic applications ...more

12/29/2014 - Electronic Filing Filing Fees Trademarks USPTO

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

12/24/2014 - Brand Domain Names gTLD ICANN Sunrise Periods Trademarks

Good(s) Intentions – What's Enough to Establish Bona Fide Intent to Use?

When used effectively, brand and merchandise licensing can increase the value of a brand by extending it into new, relevant product categories and by further monetizing brand equity. And when seeking to protect a brand in...more

12/3/2014 - Brand Effective Filing Date Intent-to-Use Licenses Merchandising Rights Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

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