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Design Inspiration or Trademark Infringement?

Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery — but when it comes to trademark law, it can land you in legal hot water if you’re not careful. Whether you’re a fashion designer, graphic designer, or your company works with a creative team to… Read More
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Understanding the USPTO’s Rules of Professional Conduct

Attorneys in all practice areas are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) also has its own rules of professional conduct. It’s important for a trademark holder — and those se… Read More
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Do Cannabis Brands Qualify for Federal Trademark Protection?

Brand protection is crucial for every type of company. You might be wondering whether you can file for trademark protection if the goods connected with your brand are legal in your state — but not at the federal level. As more states legalize recre… Read More
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Beware of NFT Phishing Scams

When new technology emerges, sophisticated scams associated with it often follow. In the past year, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) have risen in popularity — and those who own them should be aware of the various phishing scams. Unfortunately, with the N… Read More
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The Importance of Protecting NFT Intellectual Property

Nonfungible tokens — also referred to as “NFTs” — have recently taken the intellectual property world by storm. While an NFT’s value and strength comes from its authenticity, they have dramatically changed the market for digital assets. Pre… Read More
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USPTO Electronic Trademark Registration Certificates

Trademark applicants may have become aware that a change recently occurred in the way trademark registration certificates are processed. As of May 24, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be issuing electronic trademark re… Read More
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USPTO Shuts Down Trademark Bid from Domain Registry Company

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed a decision issued by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to reject Vox’s .SUCKS trademark applications filed in 2018. The domain registry operator submitted two application… Read More
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Principal v. Supplemental Register Trademark

When you file a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is crucial to understand that there are two registers upon which your trademark can appear. Under the Lanham Act, a trademark may be registered on th… Read More
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What is a Date of First Use in Filing a Trademark Application?

The date of first use is one of the most important pieces of information you provide in your trademark application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Establishing that your mark is in use is a vital part of the trademark registration p… Read More
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What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has strict guidelines regarding trademark registration. Critically, there are certain marks — or portions of marks — that cannot be registered because they are not sufficiently distinct. These are mar… Read More
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