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4 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Utah on
Q: Is the name of my podcast infringing a trademark, and should I change it?

I have a podcast, and we are just coming up on 10 episodes this weekend. After a google search, and I don't know why I didn't think to do this before, we realized that there is another podcast by the same exact name as ours! In fact, there are two or three. I'm worried we could get... Read more »

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Brian J Elliott answered on Jun 29, 2021

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Could you get in hot water later? Yes, probably.

Is rebranding after 10 episodes less costly than a trademark fight later? Yes, certainly.

Does a slight rebranding reusing the same mark with minor changes provide unbreakable protection? Not likely.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Texas on
Q: Does a Washington state based LLC need to register as a foreign entity with Texas SOS?

Hi, I live in Washington State and I am formalizing a small business LLC from my home. The main purpose of my LLC is to purchase real estate property in Texas (residential homes), and put them up for rental. I will utilize a Texas based real estate company to purchase the home(s), and utilize a... Read more »

Brian J Elliott
Brian J Elliott answered on Jun 21, 2021

Yes - a foreign entity doing business in Texas needs to be registered with the Texas Secretary of State. However, an entity that is created for the sole purpose of owning real estate may not need to be registered in TX even though the property is located in TX. While the entity that conducts the... Read more »

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