Trademark Office Scams – Beware!

Beware of Trademark Office Scams As a trademark applicant and/or registrant, you should expect to receive multiple trademark office scams. Trademark office scams are often disguised as official notices from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requesting payment of fees and/or threatening trademark cancellation.   Expect to Receive Fake Trademark Notices Requesting Payment and Throw Them Away DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE NOTICES. The USPTO will send all official letters and emails to your attorney of record. If you are a client of Attorney Charles Riddle, all official correspondence will come from Attorney Charles Riddle via Riddle Patent Law, LLC or  All Official Notices Will Come From Your Trademark Attorney Charles Riddle via Riddle Patent Law, LLC or A simple rule about trademark scams:  If it’s not from your Attorney of Record, it’s a scam. For my clients: If it’s [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|

Maintain Your Trademark Registration – An Overview of Important Filings

Maintain Your Trademark Registration - A Timeline of Important Filings Congratulations! Your trademark is officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. At this point in time, you have received the Certificate of Registration from the USPTO, but what happens next? In this article we are discussing the steps you should be taking in order to maintain your trademark registration. As a trademark owner, you experience certain rights and benefits with a trademark registration. However, it is up to you, the trademark owner, to maintain your registered mark and enjoy such benefits. In order to maintain your trademark registration, you must file various declarations in the upcoming years. Important Dates to Remember to Maintain Your Trademark Registration: The date of your trademark registration (listed on your Certificate of Registration). The 5th and 6th years after the registration date. The 9th and 10th years [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|

PHILLY’S OLDEST BAR Trademark Registration

PHILLY'S OLDEST BAR Trademark Registration The City of Philadelphia is home to many historically significant landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and Love Park. Among the nationally recognized pieces of history is McGillin’s Olde Ale House, now officially registered with the USPTO as PHILLY'S OLDEST BAR. Philadelphia Trademark Attorney and Founder of, Charles Riddle, successfully secured the registration on behalf of McGillin's Olde Ale House. About the PHILLY’S OLDEST BAR Trademark Registration Exclusive rights to the trademark were granted to McGillin’s Olde Ale House on July 2, 2019. This mark gives exclusive claim as a “restaurant and bar service” for McGillin’s. This will allow them to openly advertise their longevity to customers and continue to stay open for the foreseeable future. About McGillin's Olde Ale House McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia has been operating since [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|

Trademark Renewal – Combined Section 8 & 9

Trademark Renewal - Combined Section 8 & 9 Filings As a trademark owner, it is important to consider the maintenance and renewal of trademark registrations. At this point in time, your trademark has been registered for a few years now. Between the fifth and sixth years after registration, you promptly filed the Combined Section 8 & 15 forms to declare your registration incontestable. However, as the time frame between the 9th and 10th year of your registration approaches, it is time to apply for trademark renewal. Otherwise, your trademark registration will automatically expire after 10 years. In order to maintain ownership of your trademark registration and reap the benefits associated with a registered trademark, you must file Combined Section 8 and 9 Application for Renewal of Trademark Registration. What is a Combined Section 8 & 9 Application for Renewal of Trademark Registration?  As stated [...]

By |September 10th, 2019|

Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants Required to Appoint U.S. Licensed Trademark Attorney

A U.S. Licensed Attorney Is Now Required for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registration Owners. Effective August 3, 2019, online TEAS forms will comply with a new rule requiring applicants to obtain representation by a U.S. Licensed Trademark Attorney. This new rule is a direct result of the increasing number of inaccurate and possibly fraudulent trademark submissions.  The rule will increase customer compliance and USPTO regulations, improve the accuracy of trademark submissions, and safeguard the integrity of the U.S. trademark register. Continue reading to find out who is affected, how to prepare, and for more information about why this rule is being put into place. For even more information about the new rule, visit the USPTO articles here or here.  To Request Trademark Representation, Please Complete this Licensed Trademark Attorney Contact Form or Contact Us. Attorney Charles L. Riddle is a U.S. licensed patent attorney with 20 years of experience practicing trademark law and intellectual property law. If [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|

Philadelphia Trademark Attorney Charles Riddle Speaks at Delaware County Community College

Philadelphia Trademark Attorney Charles Riddle Speaks at Delaware County Community College Panel Discussion The Intersection of Art and Law in the Digital Age On April 30, 2019, Attorney Charles Riddle spoke as a panelist at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) on the topic entitled: The Intersection of Art and Law in the Digital Age. Attorney Riddle shared his experiences and industry insights to DCCC paralegal students and art students. Attorney Riddle's discussion included topics surrounding intellectual property, copyright, copyright ownership for graphic designers, and using the DMCA to enforce copyright on the internet. "I am very grateful for this educational opportunity," says Attorney Riddle. "It was a pleasure speaking with the students of DCCC about the legal framework surrounding artistic works. I have spent almost 20 years studying and practicing law, and it is very refreshing to speak with young professionals who share [...]

By |June 1st, 2019|

Using the DMCA to Enforce Copyright on the Internet –

Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) - A quick Breakdown. The DMCA absolves internet service providers (ISP's) from liability for copyright infringement if the ISP's follow specific Notice and Takedown Rules outlined in the Statute. Naturally, anyone hosting content on the web follows the DMCA Notice and Takedown Rules to be free of liability. Copyright Registration Is Not Required to Issue a DMCA Takedown. The content subject to the DMCA takedown must be copyright subject matter (not trademark or other IP) and you must be the author / owner.   A Proper Takedown Notice Must be Filed. Most ISP's have created their own forms to complete. A DMCA Takedown Notice Should: include your signature or the signature of a person authorized to act on your behalf (your “agent”) (the signature can be either physical or electronic); identify the copyrighted work that is being infringed; identify the activity that is [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|

Copyright Ownership for Graphic Designers –

Ground Rules for Artists / Graphic Designers. The Author Has the Power to Control Use of the Work The author of the work is the owner of copyright. Typically the person who fixes the expression of creativity to the medium.  (ink, paint, pixels, clay, etc.) Contributes a minimal degree of original expression of creativity to the work. [A] sculptor … might sit in a chair, never moving and never touching the materials, perhaps in part because he might be paralyzed or simply because the materials might be large and heavy. There are sculptors nowadays who work in huge materials, I-beams, storage tanks, things like that, that are welded together where the sculptor's contribution is rendered entirely by the giving of instructions to workmen to put a member in a certain position and bolt it to another member and so forth. I think it is clear without question that such participation is authorship. [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|

What is a Copyright? – – Online Trademark Guide

Copyright Is a Legal Right to Exclude Others from Copying an Original Work of Authorship. Right to Exclude (Life of Author +70 years) Original Work of Authorship (your work, not public domain) Copying (reproducing, public display, derivative work) Lets Discuss Ownership / Authorship of a Copyright → - Online Trademark Attorneys - What We Do: Our Philadelphia  copyright & trademark attorney, prepares and files trademark applications for clients throughout the United States and abroad. We prosecute and defend trademark infringement and unfair competition actions in the Federal Courts throughout the United States and abroad. We also prosecute trademark office actions and appeals before the United States Trademark Office. We handle internet based trademark disputes and trademark, DMCA, and copyright takedowns. We draw on our experience as trademark litigators to guide you through the trademark process. We support businesses, law firms, and individuals by providing top notch legal services in intellectual property matters. [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|

What Is Intellectual Property? – – Online Trademark Guide

What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual Property broadly describes "creations of the mind" such as inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, text, and images used to identify a business. Intellectual Property, or "IP" Laws, are designed to protect these creations of the mind.  IP laws generally fit into the following categories: patent law, trademark law, copyright law, and trade secret law. Patents protect Inventions or Methods that are new, useful, and nonobvious. Trademarks protect Source Identifiers.  Source Identifiers are text, graphics, etc. that symbolize a business. Trademarks represent the identity of good or service. Trade Secrets protect confidential information that provides a competitive advantage. Copyrights protect original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium. - Online Trademark Attorneys - What We Do: Our Philadelphia  copyright & trademark attorney, prepares and files trademark applications for clients throughout the United States and abroad. We prosecute [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|