United States Patent and Trademark Office Registration

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
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Summary Of The U.S. Trademark Application Process

Obtaining a trademark registration in the United States is a process consisting of several phases and takes several months to several years, depending on various factors and issues raised. We highlight below the various...more

Dethroning a Right to Register a Trademark?

Last month, you will recall we wrote about the important difference between the right to register a trademark and the right to use a trademark...more

Beyond Disparaging: Five Important Clarifications Regarding Redskins Trademark Decision

Over the past year, debate regarding whether the National Football League’s Washington, D.C. franchise should continue to call itself the Redskins has risen to a fever pitch once again. So, naturally, it was big news when, on...more

Redskins Trademark Cancelled – Q&A With Bean, Kinney & Korman

By now, you’ve no doubt heard the news that yesterday (June 18, 2014), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an administrative body of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cancelled the Washington NFL team’s...more

Trademark Disparagement Kills the R-Word

My father-daughter time was wonderful in London when the news hit about the USPTO ordering cancellation of the six ”Washington Redskins” trademarks as disparaging to Native Americans....more

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down: Cover Your Assets By Registering Your Brand Name

Whether you aspire to grow your fashion line to become as recognizable as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, or you have more modest aspirations for your fashion line, this article is for you. When you see or hear...more

What's the Big Deal About Trademark Registration

In most U.S. states, merely using a trademark confers trademark rights to the owner. As such, many companies question why they should spend time and money registering their trademarks with the United States Patent and...more

Trademarks 101 PART 4: Avoiding Mistakes–Don’t Ignore Abandoned Applications or Cancelled Registrations

Here’s another mistake startups and entrepreneurs make when it comes to protecting their brand or image: Even if they’re trying to go through the trademark process and conduct searches, many startups and entrepreneurs...more

Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2013 IP Record

While economists often look to patent activity as an indicator of economic health, trademark application and registration statistics can also reflect innovation, business development, and overall industry activity. The...more

3 Trademark Tips for Entrepreneurs

If you’re just launching a new business, there are a few things you need to consider before getting too far along in the name game. Sure, you may have come up with what may well be the most brilliant brand in existence. Ever....more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 9, September 2013

Patents/Preliminary Injunction: Preliminary Injunction Ordered Based on Appellate Claim Construction Aria Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. - Addressing a preliminary injunction filed by a defendant in a...more

Don’t Lose Trademark Rights by Failing to Register Your Marks

A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court whose rulings cover Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, demonstrates how important it is for business owners to register...more

The Katten Kattwalk – Spring 2013

In this issue: - Questions Left Unanswered by Louboutin Case - Supreme Court Rules on Covenant Not to Sue - An Eye for Fashion: New York Magazine Presents New York’s - Women Leaders in the...more

Happiness is a Federally-Registered Mark

It should be no surprise that the famous Coca-Cola brand name is federally-registered. One of the many significant benefits of federal registration is the USPTO’s obligation to refuse registration of third party marks that...more

The Trademark Registration Process in The United States

In the United States, trademark rights are “common law” in nature, meaning that some trademark rights are acquired simply by selling goods and services designated by a particular mark in the U.S. However, there are...more

IP 101 – 10 Things to Know About Trademarks

1. What is a trademark? A trademark is a brand name for a product. It can be a word, phrase, logo, design, or virtually anything that is used to identify the source of the product and distinguish it from competitors’...more

It’s All in a Name -- How due diligence in selecting trademarks is a wise investment

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Smart Business Los Angeles. You know that picking the right name for a startup company or new product line can play a major part in its success. But name selection...more

USPTO Announces “Banner Year” for Trademarks

At Sheldon Mak & Anderson, we recognize that innovation is your competitive edge – and it needs protection. As a full-service intellectual property firm with more than two decades of experience, we provide local, regional,...more

FDA Trademark Approval

One aspect of trademark law that we haven’t discussed here at DuetsBlog is FDA approval of trademarks for pharmaceuticals. While there are certainly many benefits to federal trademark protection (and we would recommend...more

An APP STORE by Any Other Name Would Still Smell Like Apples

I use a well-publicized decision to teach some important concepts about intellectual property law to non-specialists. The idea is that non-specialists, even non-lawyers, would benefit from this basic knowledge, even if they...more

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