Can you use a trademark as a defensive shield to protect yourself and your business, besides using it to enforce your brand? Most people think of a trademark as a weapon to prevent a competitor from stealing their customers, ripping off their brand, and taking marketshare. True, that’s the primaryContinue reading
Trademark Duration, Renewal, and Section 8 Affidavit
How long does a trademark last? What do you need to do to keep your trademark? Here is some insight into the life of a trademark, how long it lasts, and renewal process and deadlines. So you have a trademark, are using the “circle-R” to show it off, and nowContinue reading
What happens when a brand becomes so well known that people start referring to all products according to the brand name? For example, what is the first term that comes to mind when you think of a box full of facial tissue? Kleenex perhaps? (Technically, this brand remains alive, thoughContinue reading
Can you register a trademark that is abandoned?
You came up with your brand and identity for a business or product. You searched online to see if anyone else had the same great idea. You found a trademark, but it’s abandoned or cancelled. What does that mean for your idea? Are you free to register the trademark forContinue reading
Hate Speech and Porn Trademarks?
Updated: December 15, 2017, to reflect the decision of In re Brunetti, 877 F.3d 1330 (Fed. Cir. 2017). Updated: June 24, 2019, to reflect the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Iancu v. Brunetti, __ U.S. __ (2019). Supreme Court invalidated “disparagement” section of trademark statute based on freeContinue reading