Notice of Trademark Publication

You've Received Your Notice of Publication... Congratulations! Your trademark application is scheduled to publish in the Official Gazette. This means that the Examining Attorney at the Trademark Office has carefully reviewed and approved your application under the Trademark Statute and associated Regulations. Visit the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) database to preview [...]

Trademark Symbol – ™ vs. ®

Trademark Symbol - ™ vs ® Trademark (™) The Trademark symbol (™), often used on logos, names, phrases, or words, is used proactively by companies to indicate the mark is their exclusive property.  The ™ symbol has no legal meaning, but can be used on unregistered marks as a “no trespassing” sign. [...]

Responding to a Final Office Action

What Is a Final Office Action? A Final Office Action is an official letter issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  A Final Office Action issues when the applicant has filed response to a first office action, but did not resolve the original grounds for rejection.  In this Final Office Action [...]

Four Key Legal Considerations When Naming Your Business

Naming Your Business - Protect Your Brand Choosing the right name for your business can determine your success.  A powerful name can create outstanding marketing and branding opportunities.  However, choosing a name that is already taken – or choosing a name you can’t protect – can result in negative publicity and legal issues for [...]

10 Strategies to Consider When Choosing a Company Name for Trademark Use

Choosing a Company Name Is Hard Work Trademark law is a maze of rules that dictate whether you can own exclusive rights to a company name or brand.  Choosing a company name for trademark use involves balancing a stylistic process with a system of trademark rules.  When you work through the stylistic process of [...]

Benefits of Trademark Registration

Benefits of Trademark Registration - Should You Register Your Mark? It’s a fundamental question in trademark law: What are the benefits of a registered trademark?  I must discuss this at least three times week with trademark clients.  In addition to providing a general sense of security, there are numerous benefits of trademark registration that [...]

What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

What Is a Trademark Disclaimer? If you are reading this, you likely have an office action that is requiring a trademark disclaimer.  The Examining Attorney at the Trademark Office will not allow your trademark application until you enter a disclaimer of a portion of the trademark or service mark.  A trademark disclaimer is a [...]