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Notes for New Nuptials

When you make your wedding checklist, perhaps at the bottom you should consider how your marriage will affect your income taxes....more

A Distinctive Fourth of July: Fireworks and Historical Figure Trademarks

Unless you are Charlemagne or Julius Caesar, you would probably have trouble registering your name as a trademark. This is because personal names are not generally considered to be inherently distinctive enough to qualify...more

Trademark Review - Volume 3 | Issue 6 June 2013

In This Issue: • Ron Paul’s Complaint to Regain RonPaul.org Constitutes Reverse Domain Hijacking • MOTT’s for Baby Food Is Considered Primarily Merely a Surname • Company Uses More than Is Reasonably...more

More About Trademark Surnames: The Borghese Dispute

Right on the heels of our surname blog comes a New York Times article on a long-running trademark litigation over rights to the Borghese surname. The Borgheses hail from an Italian noble family and their using the family...more

Why Can’t I Use My Own Name?: Trademarks and Surnames

There are many “myths” that float about in the general public about what can and cannot function as a trademark. For example, people often tell me that they “know” that “common words” can never be protected as trademarks....more

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