“I invented a new word. How do I trademark it?” This is a question I was asked by a potential client this week. My response was, “What is the product or service?” There was a long pause. A word is not a trademark — unless it is used to identify a product or service for a business in commerce and distinguishes the products/services from others. Historically, a tradesmen who crafted a knife, tools, or guns […]Continue Reading
Maintaining Your Intellectual Property in the Midst of a Pandemic
Businesses everywhere are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus sweeps across the globe. In the midst of a pandemic, owning a business still comes with the responsibility of keeping up with legal priorities. Now more than ever, it’s important to pay special attention to your intellectual property. Keep reading for a few tips to help you stay on top of your legal responsibilities. Protect your trademarks It’s easy to let deadlines […]Continue Reading
In the Eyes of the Consumer: US Supreme Court Rules “Booking.com” Is Protectable Mark
Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Summer Law Clerk Julianna R. Favale On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the United States Supreme Court, in an 8-1 ruling, upheld a lower court ruling that “Booking.com” is eligible for federal trademark registration. It was a long time getting there for the online travel company. Beginning in 2012, Booking.com B.V. filed numerous applications to register Booking.com as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, the […]Continue Reading
New Rule for Group Registration in the US Copyright Office
The US Copyright Office issued a final rule this week for Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works. The Final Rule amends the regulations to establish a new type of copyright registration for works distributed online by individual writers that do not qualify as contributions to periodicals. The effective date of the new rule is August 17, 2020. The intent of the rule is to help protect short works that are published on the internet. […]Continue Reading
Words Have Power, So BOLDLYWRITE!
Communication via the written word is a talent that many people attempt to master. Maybe you dream of writing a novel but do not have any idea how to start. Or you have a blog that you are struggling to maintain. However you’re struggling with writing, you might consider talking to writing coach Karina Cadora at Karina Cadora Teaches, LLC. Karina is a writing coach and editor with over 20 years of experience teaching writing […]Continue Reading
Use In Commerce – Are Your Specimens Acceptable?
Filing a trademark application can be challenging for some businesses, especially when it comes to acceptable specimens of use in commerce. The USPTO has very specific guidelines on what is acceptable. And they have become stricter in the past two years about what they will accept. So here are some tips for selecting a good specimen: Make sure the specimen has the trademark that you are registering on the specimen. The exact same trademark, not […]Continue Reading