Trademarks are "owned" as intangible property by the person or business using them in commerce to identify the source of the goods or services. If the trademark owner sells its business, the trademark rights are generally transferred to the buyer as "goodwill" along with the...Read more »
Determining whether a trademark exists is not so simple. You really need to meet with an intellectual property attorney and you also need to have the correct corporate entities in place to protect you and your business against personal liability. You also need to have all your intellectual property...Read more »
Once you use a mark as a trademark for your goods or services, others cannot use the same or related trademark for the same or related class of goods or services. Registering your trademark provides additional benefits. Consult with a trademark attorney for specific information.
Whether you infringe and whether you need a patent are two different subjects.
With regards to infringing of a patent of another product you need to see a patent attorney, who will provide you with a non-infringement opinion. The patent attorney will take a look at your product and at the...Read more »
I have a online store that was created with the name Metropaws. It was originally going to use the Metropawz but I told them to change it not knowing MetroPaws was trademarked and taken already. So a few weeks later I get contacted by the owners of Metropaws telling me to comply and that I can not... Read more »
The Cancelled Sec. 8 status refers to a trademark registrant who has failed to file renewal of the trademark registration. It does not mean that the registrant stopped actually using the mark nor that some other user is not using the trademark in commerce. Such users would still have common law...Read more »
My son built a kart that he was killed in. The kart was sold for scraps. I am starting a foundation of which images and logo of said kart will be created and used along with two phrases he would often use. I would like to have them trademarked/copyrights yet not sure if my sons wife would have any... Read more »
This is a more unique situation than others related to trademark and copyright. The intellectual property is related to a person. There are specific issues related to trademarks for surnames. There is also the issue of right to publicity (or right...Read more »
I have a trademark, un-stylized, for a name for my product. I have seen others use the name for their product in unrelated items (mine is clothing accessories, theirs is fabric-related, but not clothing). Do I need to send a cease and desist and/or name licensing agreement to defend my trademark?
I’m in the works of a clothing business and want to know what steps I need to take in order for the name to be secure? I want the brand name safe from being taken. Also curious if there’s a way to copyright it, or whatever the proper terminology is, before launching the business?
If the word you use for your company's name is also the trademark/brand you want to protect, that can be done by filing an Intent to Use trademark application with the USPTO. This kind of application can be filed before you open for business. It is a way to put down a "tap tap...Read more »
If company 2 trademark is not registered with state or USPTO then you’re likely out of luck because the marks practically need to be identical. If it is registered then it obviously bodes well for co2. With that being said, there are a lot of grey areas in the law and speaking with an attorney...Read more »
SN:88563312 SN:88559161 make no claim to color, so adding color would not matter in regards to using Tillie. SN:85965641 claims color, but has other design elements. Whether or not you can use a mark warrants an involved discussion. Call the office for a consultation.
Usually, in the sale of a business, the sale agreement includes the goodwill of the business and its name. Your rights in the name will depend on what the agreement says as to ownership of the name. If, in fact, you did not sell the name, then your rights are dependent on how you are currently...Read more »
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