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USPTO Introduces Pilot Program To Fight Fake Specimens – What You Need To Know

By Travis Jacobs |

As more companies have stressed the importance of brand protection, the USPTO has seen an increase in trademark applications. Often, Applicants apply for trademarks with a broad scope of goods and services, as they do not know how they are going to grow and expand as a company. When filing an in-use application, some… Finish Reading USPTO Introduces Pilot Program To Fight Fake Specimens – What You Need To Know

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What Do I Do If My Trademark Has Been Opposed?

By Travis Jacobs |

A few months after filing your trademark, you will hear from a Trademark Examiner regarding your application. Assuming there are no issues, an Examiner will publish your mark for “opposition.” This blawg will explain what it means to have an application published for opposition, and this process with the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board… Finish Reading What Do I Do If My Trademark Has Been Opposed?

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What is Trademark Incontestability?

By Travis Jacobs |

A trademark can quickly become a significant asset for a business as it is a source identifier to consumers and competitors of your brand. After obtaining a federal trademark registration, you may think you are finished with the trademark process. Once the mark is registered, you must continue using the mark in commerce, and… Finish Reading What is Trademark Incontestability?

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How do I use Trademark Symbols?

By Travis Jacobs |

As many companies are using a trademark, they often use the ® or TM symbol following their logo or company name. As a trademark owner, it is important to know when you should use these symbols, and more importantly, how they should be used. To begin, it is necessary to recognize the symbols that… Finish Reading How do I use Trademark Symbols?

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What to do if Someone is Using Your Mark as a Domain Name

By Travis Jacobs |

A growing area of Intellectual Property litigation concerns domain name disputes. Domain name disputes arise when an individual or entity engage in cyber squatting. Cyber squatting can occur when these individuals or entities attempt to register the brand names, trade names or trademarks used by other businesses in which the domain registrant has no… Finish Reading What to do if Someone is Using Your Mark as a Domain Name

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Are YOU a “Trademark Bully”?

By Travis Jacobs |

A trademark serves as a fixed representation of a business’ brand and its goodwill, and conveys a message to consumers of the quality of goods and services offered by the business. However, recently businesses have been taking their exclusive right to use the marks to an extreme. The United States Patent and Trademark Office… Finish Reading Are YOU a “Trademark Bully”?

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Non-Compete Reform is Not Dead in Massachusetts

By Travis Jacobs |

Back in 2016, the Massachusetts House and Senate each passed different versions of non-competition reform bills, seeking to make changes to existing laws allowing employers to restrict its employees from gainful employment after termination. Both bills, however, failed, as the legislature was unable to come to an agreement before the legislative session ended.  While… Finish Reading Non-Compete Reform is Not Dead in Massachusetts

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How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways

By Travis Jacobs |

Trademarks and Service Marks need to be renewed, maintained, monitored and actively protected from infringement. Doing any of the following can, and most likely will, result in the loss of rights to the mark. Abandonment of the mark. Trademark abandonment occurs when the owner of the Trademark or Service Mark stops using the mark, with no intention to use… Finish Reading How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways

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