Intellectual Property Blog

How to Start Your Business

Changes in workplaces across the country have galvanized a number of people to start their own businesses. Countless corporate employees have decided not to go back to commuting and are launching their own businesses. Maybe they had a big idea during work-from-home orders. Or maybe their health prompted them to think differently about work. Marks Gray has helped numerous business owners take their first steps to launch their new enterprises. Here are some tips on […]

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What Is a Specimen of Use in Commerce for Trademark Registration?

Have you ever had a trademark application rejected because the specimen of use in commerce was not acceptable? This can be very frustrating if you do not understand the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) requirements for submitting specimens. An applicant for trademark registration must attach specimens of the trademark being used in commerce when an in-use application is filed or a Statement of Use is submitted (for an intent-to-use application that has received […]

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IP Tips for Business Owners During a Downturn in the Economy

Great ideas and new businesses are often born during downturns in the economy.  Resourceful people are out of work, or their businesses have been shut down. And they start to think about the business they always wanted to start, the clever new product they considered developing, or even selling their business.  With time on their hands and no money coming into the business or household, many start thinking of ways they can solve their problems. […]

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Verification of Documents Without a Notary

Fla. Stat. § 92.525: A Potential Alternative During the COVID-19 Pandemic             With the current travel restrictions and closures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many litigators have run into a common problem: How do I verify interrogatories, affidavits, and other litigation documents without access to an in-person notary? Fla. Stat. § 92.525 provides a viable alternative to in-person or expensive tele-video notary services. Section 92.525 was passed in […]

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Supplemental Register, What Is That?

So, you filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for your new business trademark hoping to obtain a registration of your trademark on the Principal Register. Three months later a trademark examining attorney sends you an Office Action (refusal to register) and suggests that you amend the application to the Supplemental Register.  You then ask, “What is the Supplemental Register?” If your trademark is considered merely descriptive but the […]

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