Nowadays, in addition to “maker” and “brand”, “product name” is increasingly used as a trademark. There are simply so many product types and variations. Take a look at an example below: GREEN CLEAN is a product name of a cleanser from Farmacy Beauty. My impress is that it is something that naturally cleans your skin.… Continue reading Promotional Phrases as Trademark
Businesses move. And their trademarks should come along. Unfortunately, changing your address on your trademark registration(s) (also in your application(s) if it has not been registered) is not as straightforward as changing your profile on Facebook.
If you’ve reached this article, you’re very likely mindful about those dubious online trademark services. They’re low cost, and they tend to have bad reviews on online communities like BBB and Yelp. Well, I’m not surprised. I’ve recently had a client who was charged for two international classes ($500 in USPTO fees), but for only… Continue reading How IPfever works: the Real Cost of Getting a Trademark
Let’s talk about filing a TM application without any help first. There is no doubt that any US person, including legal entity having address in the U.S., can file a trademark application without absolutely no help.
Maintaining registration calls for both administrative and executive action. Administratively, you need to file with the USPTO a showing that you’re still using the mark after 5 years of the registration, and every 10 years, you need to file a request for renewal. On the business side, you must continue using your mark at all times, even after the registration. This requirement… Continue reading Trademark Maintenance: does trademark registration expire?
Getting a trademark, you can either “do it yourself” or hire a professionals. DIY option describes not only filing directly via TEAS at USPTO.gov but also using commercial services under $100. Let’s compare these two options. Do it yourself Professional Help Mark Your choice of wording and design Likely a better wording and design Registration online trademark search/registration via… Continue reading Trademark Registration: do I need to hire an attorney?
There are mainly two types of trademark, a standard one and a stylized one. A standard one (called a standard character mark) establishes your trademark rights to the written words of the mark whereas a stylized one (called a stylized/design mark) to the expression of the words in a certain way. For example, “Coca-Cola” is a brand name of a certain soda… Continue reading Standard Character mark v. Special Form mark
Office Action calls for a legal writing. When there is problem with your trademark application, the Office will issue an OA. There could be multiple instances of OA per application while many trademarks get registered without any. Sometimes, a simple change to your application can fix the problem, so the only thing you need to is agreeing… Continue reading Trademark Office Action: how to respond
Let’s take a look at an interesting story: By the time Apple Inc. debuted iPhone in January 2007, the prefix “i” had already become a thing of Apple. The inauguration of iMac series dates back in 1998. In 2003, iPod was a mega hit. Lesser known than Apple, however, there was a startup called InfoGear Technology Corporation, which developed an internet phone technology, called “iPhone.”
There is a “strong mark” and a “weak mark”. You don’t need to know all legal distinctions as to different types of marks, but you want to have a strong mark, right? Here’s a shortcut to get to the goal.