Category Archives: Intellectual Property
The USPTO actually defines a trademark bully as, “a trademark owner that uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business beyond what the law might be reasonably interpreted to allow.” A registered trademark or servicemark is a form of legally protected intellectual property that identifies the products or services of a . To… Finish Reading The Trademark Bully
Technology has become an integral part of our daily life both personal and work. Technology can make operating your business easier and more efficient. However, the increased use of more invasive technology has given rise to employee and staff privacy concerns. According to Norton (an international virus software provider), around 65% of businesses have… Finish Reading Technology in the Office
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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”?
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
Trademarks and Service Marks need to be renewed, maintained, monitored and actively protected from infringement. The following are three ways to lose a trademark: 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 it again. Improper use, or misuse, of a mark by… Finish Reading How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways