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Copyright Law Can Protect Your Company or Product Logo

Many companies take the time to protect their logos with US trademark registration, but certain logos with original artwork can benefit from another level of protection: a US copyright registration. A copyright is also something to consider if the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refuses to register your trademark. It’s possible that US copyright law may still be able to provide legal protection. Let’s take a look at which logos are eligible and why […]

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Shareholder Crystal Broughan attends International Trademark Association Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain May 20-25, 2017

Shareholder Crystal Broughan attends International Trademark Association Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain May 20-25, 2017.   Shareholder and Intellectual Property attorney Crystal Broughan attended the International Trademark Association Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain May 20-25, 2017. Ms. Broughan led a Table Topic Discussion on “Business Development 101: Developing a Network of Referrals & Clients for New IP Attorneys”.  Attorneys participating in the discussion were from Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Argentina, El Salvador and the US […]

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Trademarks and Business Names as Domain Names

Two of my clients recently encountered incidents involving domain name disputes. One of my clients received an email from China stating that a Chinese company was going to purchase domain names that included my client’s company name. The company also stated that they intended to file a trademark application that included my client’s company name, as well. The Chinese company wanted to know if the international trademark application and domain names would cause my client […]

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Shareholder Crystal Broughan and the Marks Gray Intellectual Property Team Host Client Social at the Jacksonville Symphony

Shareholder Crystal Broughan and the Marks Gray Intellectual Property Team Host Client Social at the Jacksonville Symphony Shareholder and intellectual property attorney Crystal Broughan, together with the intellectual property team at Marks Gray, hosted a meet and greet on April 27, 2017, at the Jacksonville Symphony at the season’s final Symphony in 60 performance. Clients and community leaders gathered before the performance for networking and informal socializing. Crystal is a former flute player and vocalist.

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Alert to Trademark Owners

Crystal Broughan, Esq. March 2017 Trademark owners who have multiple products and services listed in a single class may now have to prove that their products or services are actually being used in commerce.  The newly published final rule recently issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) establishes a permanent random audit program for: 1- Statements of Use filed after a Notice of Allowance is issued for Intent to Use Applications; and […]

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Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Often, I receive telephone calls from clients who have received a document through the U.S. mail that looks like official correspondence from a government agency telling the client that there is a deadline to file a document with the Trademark office or offering to manage their trademarks. These solicitations are scams…If you have a pending trademark application or you own trademarks that are registered through the U.S.P.T.O. be careful to read any correspondence you may receive pertaining to the application or registration.

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