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Trademark Fee Increases

November 23rd, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) will be enacting several trademark fee adjustments, effective January 2, 2021. We will see significant increases in application filing fees, maintenance and renewal fees, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) fees.

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Typing (Yes, Typing) Tips in Intellectual Property Law

September 8th, 2020

Here are a few quick tips on typing IP-related characters in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and a tip on pasting that is not IP-specific but is worth knowing.

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U.S. Trademark Office Makes Process Changes to Combat Bad Faith Filings

May 12th, 2020

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has changed the way the United States Patent and Trademark Office operates, but the work of protecting intellectual property continues, albeit in a different manner. So, when a public meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) was held on April 17, 2020, it was held online.

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Supreme Court Ushers in Flexible Rule for Profit Payouts in Trademark Cases

May 4th, 2020

A plaintiff in a trademark infringement suit is not required to show willful infringement by the defendant to be awarded profits.

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USPTO Implements its Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice

February 13th, 2020

On February 15, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will implement its new Changes to the Trademark Rules of Practice.

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USPTO Announces New Trademark Rule Requiring Foreign Entities to be Represented by Qualified U.S. Attorney

July 30th, 2019

Effective August 3, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has amended its Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases to require foreign applicants, registrants, and parties to trademark proceedings before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to be represented by a qualified U.S. attorney.

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Notice Regarding Brexit’s Impact on Your Trademark in the European Union

February 28th, 2019

Once the UK exits the EU, all laws of the EU will cease to apply to the UK. In particular, the EU regulations that allow you to secure a single registration to protect your trademark in all 28 Member Countries of the EU will no longer include the UK.

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Are You Offended?: Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

January 17th, 2019

Not every name or brand is eligible for federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). One of the reasons the USPTO might reject an application to register a trademark is because the trademark is considered offensive.

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Waiting to Enforce your Trademark Rights

November 20th, 2018

Owning a trademark brings certain benefits and obligations. If you are the first entity in a particular geographic area to use a distinctive word (or phrase, logo, color, etc.) to sell a product or to provide a service, then you may claim exclusive rights in that area for that trademark on those products or services. Your trademark rights allow you to preclude subsequent entities in the same area from using the same, or confusingly similar, trademark on related products or services.

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What do the ™, ℠, ®, ©, and “Pat. Pend.” Symbols Mean? How should I use them?

September 5th, 2018

Intellectual property assets are valuable. One way to maintain the value of those assets is to correctly use the applicable notice, shown as symbols or specific phrasing, that publicly designate the type of protection claimed.

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