Not sure if you have a registered trademark?

There are many business owners who own registered trademarks but have no idea about it. How come? Possible scenarios: You’ve registered a trademark when you started up, and you never looked back. You thought having your business/brand name registered was a good idea one day, then you managed to get it registered. And now it… Continue reading Not sure if you have a registered trademark?

TESS Search Hacks

Trademark attorneys, like myself, use TESS just like everyone else. I will walk you through the entire process with helpful tips you can use right away. First of all, you need to access TESS, a trademark search service provided by the USPTO. You should see something like this: Now, choose “Word and/or Design Mark Search… Continue reading TESS Search Hacks

Did you receive an invoice (or a bill) for your trademark?

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?

Patent Protection and Limitations

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

What Do I Need for Trademark Registration?

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?

DO NOT PAY WTP!

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!

USPTO TEAS—What is a disclaimer?

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).

New Product Launch: How to Avoid Patent Lawsuit Threats

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