INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION
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INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION Madrid Protocol The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks — the Madrid Protocol — is one of two treaties comprising the Madrid System for international registration of trademarks. The protocol is a filing treaty and not a substantive harmonization treaty. It provides a cost-effective and efficient way for trademark holders…

A Sound Trademark Identifies and Distinguishes a Product or Service Through Audio Rather Than Visual Means
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A Sound Trademark Identifies and Distinguishes a Product or Service Through Audio Rather Than Visual Means

A Sound Trademark Identifies and Distinguishes a Product or Service Through Audio Rather Than Visual Means A Sound Trademark Identifies and Distinguishes a Product or Service Through Audio Rather Than Visual Means Sound marks function as source indicators when they “assume a definitive shape or arrangement” and “create in the hearer’s mind an association of…

TRADEMARK APPLICATION FEES
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TRADEMARK APPLICATION FEES

TRADEMARK APPLICATION FILING FEES The cost of attaining a trademark varies depending upon the selected filing, which initial application form is used, and the international class selections. Each of these filing options have specific requirements that impact the fee amount. There are certain factors used to calculate the filing fee for an initial application, and you should…

Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents
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Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents

Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents Source: USPTO.GOV A design for an article of manufacture that is dictated primarily by the function of the article lacks ornamentality and is not proper statutory subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 171. Specifically, if at the time the design was created, there was no unique or distinctive shape or…

What is a Trademark Office Action
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What is a Trademark Office Action

An office action is an official letter sent by the USPTO. In it, an examining attorney lists any legal problems with your chosen trademark, as well as with the application itself. You must resolve all legal problems in the office action before we can register your trademark. In an office action, an examining attorney may…

ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?
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ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?

ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020? Who can pay? Maintenance fees and any necessary surcharges may be paid by the patentee or by any person or organization on behalf of a patentee.  What to include with payment? You must include both the patent number and corresponding application number with your maintenance fee…

BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020
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BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020

Search the Trademark Before Using it 6.7 Million trademarks applications have been filed at the USPTO. Avoid using a name that is descriptive or already registered. Pick a Creative Trademark Focus on picking a trademark that is a reflection of your brand, culture, or values. The trademark database is likely to show that trademarks such…

Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?
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Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?

What is a copyright? Copyrights protect original works of art. This includes architectural drawings, photographs, books, songs, movies, software codes, etc. Copyrights give their owner the exclusive right to reproduce and profit off the underlying work. “Creators are not required to register their original creative work before copyright exists because rights exist automatically when the…