When you run a business, there is a chance that one day you receive a letter claiming that you are infringing someone else’s trademark or patent rights. It’s commonly called a “Cease and Desist Letter.”Continue reading “How to Deal with Cease and Desist Letter (Patent or Trademark Infringement Allegation)”
When it comes to trademark (or servicemark), brand names, symbols, and logo designs are the first things to come to your mind. However, there are other types of trademarks that are protected. For example, a sound or packaging is also protected by the trademark law.Continue reading “What is Trade Dress?”
Have you been to a Burger King restaurant in Mattoon, Illinois? I mean the other Burger King restaurant. There is a restaurant called Burger King, which has nothing to do with Burger King franchise.Continue reading “Cheapest Way to Protect Your Trade Name (or Trademark, Servicemark, etc)”
While there’s innovative product like iPhone, most new products are improved versions of old products.Continue reading “Protect Your Products with Patent”
“Everyone copies everyone”
There is often a grey area between innovation and imitation when it comes to a highly competitive industry. Nevertheless, you often hear about patent infringement lawsuits and trademark disputes.
Especially in the U.S., lawsuits and other legal disputes are a serious problem for business owners. If you once get served with a complaint, you cannot simply ignore it because your failure to respond will result in default judgment against you. And attorney’s fees that easily go around a thousand of dollars an hour will make you dizzy. As it happens, most accused companies end up settling rather than challenging the allegation of wrongdoing.Continue reading “3 Questions Before Launching a New Product”
Most clients come to me after their products reached the market. In fact, that’s when you know for sure that your product has the potential to be something. If not, why invest in registering trademark?Continue reading “When to Register Trademark?”
This article contains fictional scenarios that include facts and legal issues that are created for an explanatory purpose. Any of those facts and legal issues including legal conclusions may not be true when applied to your case. Please seek a legal advice or counsel if you need any help.Continue reading “A Legal Perspective of Trademark Misuse”
It does not end with filing your application.
You’ll likely need to file necessary documents, respond to USPTO’s rejections (called Office Action), and so on. It could take months, and even after it finally gets registered, you need to keep maintaining its status.
There’s much more to learn, but …
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