If you are wondering if the invoice or bill you received by mail is legit, please read on. Scammers consistently target US trademark applicants and registrants. Many of those have names bearing a close resemblance to the name of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) such as Patent and Trademark Office, LLC. First… Continue reading Did you receive an invoice (or a bill) for your trademark?
My Timeline—Georgia Bar Admission on Motion without Examination 06/09/2020 Character & Fitness Application 06/29/2020 Fitness Analyst Assigned 11/10/2020 Motion Certification Letter (w/ Certificate of Eligibility) 11/17/2020 Contacted Fulton County for Attorney’s Oath 11/24/2020 Sworn-In via Zoom Admission Application The application process can be done exclusively online via Georgia Office Of Bar Admissions – Application Information… Continue reading Bar Admissions from IL to GA
Is this a good trademark? Well, I get that question a lot as an IP attorney. I have been working on trademark cases for about ten years now. In fact, one of the first things I did as a newly minted attorney in Chicago was to file a response to an office action rejecting a… Continue reading TM attorney’s brand naming ideas
Patent protects inventor’s exclusive right to an invention, but at the same time it aims to promote further advancement of the same technology. These are conflicting goals for which patent provides a comprehensive exclusivity that is also clearly defined. If you are considering patenting your invention, you should first understand the limitations which define the… Continue reading Patent Protection and Limitations
To register a trademark, you need to either (1) have used a mark (could be a brand name, a company logo, or even a unique color) in association with your good or service or (2) have a bona fide intent to use it. How does this translate in plain English?
Many clients reported that they received an unsolicited service invoice from Service BPM 326634 at 8345 NW 66 ST #2000 33166-7896 Miami, which looks like this: It has nothing to do with your U.S. trademark registration, and you are advised to ignore and discard it. If you have questions regarding trademark protection in other countries… Continue reading DO NOT PAY WTP!
When required, disclaimer works against you. So, an ideal trademark would not have a disclaimer. However, sometimes you want to include certain words that need to be disclaimed no matter what. In that case, I recommend you start the trademark registration process in advance using an ITU application and do not include disclaimer in your initial application. A lack of your disclaimer does not cost your extra USPTO fees. It costs extra time and some work, but if you started early, you can afford waiting for a few months more before you start print out brochures and build signs for your business with ®, sitting on your priority date (filing date).
I help many clients who received cease and desist letters stating their products infringe some patent rights. By the time they come to me, it’s about ruling out frivolous claims, mitigating damages if not frivolous, and reducing costs related to settlement and litigation. What if you can avoid all those by doing these simple things… Continue reading New Product Launch: How to Avoid Patent Lawsuit Threats
Just google trademark registration, and you will see a bunch of under-$100 trademark services online. How is it possible? There is a hidden cost of trademark registration: your mandatory response to the USPTO’s initial conclusion that your mark is not registerable. (See Possible Grounds for Refusal of a Mark | USPTO) By the way, this… Continue reading How to Avoid Trademark Refusal
The USPTO provides ample resources to guide first-time DIY-ers through the trademark application and registration process. However, it does not give you much regarding when and how you should decide to seek expert help. Here comes a seasoned IP attorney’s take on “when should you go the DIY route.”