5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Trademark your business or product name – Intellectual property includes artistic and musical works, designs, images, literature and software. These help develop brand recognition and customer trust in a specific industry. Avoid copying other brands – The United States Patent and Trademark office refers to copying as “likelihood of confusion.” This exists if your trademark…

IS A TRADEMARK APPLICATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
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IS A TRADEMARK APPLICATION RIGHT FOR YOU?

Is a trademark application right for you? Trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ, so it is important to learn whether a trademark is appropriate for you. A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A patent protects an invention. A copyright protects an original artistic…

What is Intellectual Property Law?
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What is Intellectual Property Law?

Intellectual property refers to the expressions of creativity such as naming of goods and services in interstate commerce, inventive concepts, art and designs. Individual legal rights to protection of this creativity can be found in patent, trademark and copyright law. An intellectual property law attorney can help explain the differences and similarities among these three…

How do I challenge a trademark registration or application?
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How do I challenge a trademark registration or application?

Several options exist to challenge another party’s trademark registration or application, depending on the particular circumstances and grounds for challenging: You may challenge a trademark registration issued by the USPTO by filing a petition to cancel the registration with the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB). You may challenge an application for trademark registration at…

What is interstate commerce?
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What is interstate commerce?

What is Interstate Commerce? Under Federal Law, interstate commerce is any commercial transactions or traffic that cross state boundaries or that involve more than one state. “Interstate commerce” as it relates to the sale of goods includes transporting the goods across state lines and the mark must be displayed on the goods or the packaging…

What factors would the USPTO consider when refusing to register a trademark?
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What factors would the USPTO consider when refusing to register a trademark?

Each trademark application is assigned to a Trademark Examiner who examines the application for compliance with federal law. Likelihood of confusion between the mark of the applicant and a mark already registered or in a prior-filed pending application is the common reason for rejection. In the ex parte examination of a trademark application, a refusal under §2(d)…

TRADEMARK SCOPE OF PROTECTION
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TRADEMARK SCOPE OF PROTECTION

TRADEMARK SCOPE OF PROTECTION A trademark is always connected to the specific goods or services sold to customers with that trademark. You can’t register a word, phrase, symbol, or design as a trademark without specifically identifying the goods or services being used. Your trademark isn’t limited to one good or service. It can be used with…