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The Trouble with Tom Brady’s Battle to Trademark ‘Tom Terrific’

Tom Brady’s attorneys recently filed a trademark application for the nickname ‘Tom Terrific,’ and the news quickly spurred backlash from fans of the New York Mets.  You see, legendary Mets pitcher Tom Seaver was dubbed ‘Tom Terrific’ by the media long before Brady was ever even a Patriot. Moreover, it seems the athlete’s attempt to get ahead of the bad press has only led to more scrutiny – and a likely denial – of his […]

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Lessons‌ ‌Learned‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting

From November 19th to the 22nd, I attended the International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting in Austin, Texas. There are 1500 individuals from all over the world gathered in Austin to network with clients, friends, and colleagues and to learn about the latest developments in anti-counterfeiting laws, steps being taken to control illicit trade activities in Free Trade Zones, and updates on trademark law in numerous countries. Two topics I found to be very interesting:  the […]

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What You Can and Cannot Register as a Trademark

Your business, your ideas, and your art are important to you. You have spent years dreaming up these ideas. And sharing them with the world increases the risk that someone could copy what you have created. One powerful way to protect your work is filing for trademark registration. But you cannot register a trademark for just anything.  Learn the rules of what is and is not possible to register as a trademark before you file […]

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A Tale of Tasty Tacos Shows the Importance of a Strong Trademark

Tasty tacos. It is a meal people enjoy eating… and now it’s making trademark history.  This story is an excellent lesson in why a business should choose a strong trademark and not a merely descriptive trademark. In 1961, Richard and Antonia Mosqueda opened Tasty Tacos, Inc., a Mexican restaurant that became known for high-quality Mexican food in Des Moines, Iowa. They registered the trademark, TASTY TACOS, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) […]

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Court Rules Inaccuracies in a Copyright Application Invalidates the Registration

When it comes to the law, details matter. You need to ensure the accuracy of all information you provide when registering a trademark or filing for copyright. Otherwise, you could find the legal protection of your mark or creative work invalidated due to a technicality. That is what happened to Gold Value International Textile, Inc.’s copyright registration. Here are the facts of this case. Was “1461 Design” Published or Unpublished at the Time of Application? […]

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New Rule for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants Begins on August 3rd

Quick reminder: the new rule regarding representation for foreign trademark applications and registrations goes into effect on August 3rd, 2019. Recently, I shared the news that all applicants, registrants, and other parties residing outside of the United States are now required to retain a U.S.-licensed attorney for certain activities.  This includes both filing any application through the United States Patent Trademark Offices (USPTO) and accessing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  An Effort to […]

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