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Tip for Business Owners: Do Not Select a Similar Name for Your Business as a Competitor

A trademark is defined as a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as a source identifier of a company or product. The name of your business most often will serve as a trademark for your business.  In other words, if you provide a good product or service and stay in business long enough, consumers will look at the name of your company and think about the product or service you sell. […]

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Marks Gray at the JWLA 2021 Judicial Reception!

We had an amazing time at the 2021 Judicial Reception and are very proud to have been a sponsor. Thank you to the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association for putting on such a great event!  

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VIDEO: What is the difference between Work Visas and Work Permits?

In this video, Immigration Business and Compliance attorney Giselle Carson speaks on the differences between Work Visas and Work Permits.     

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What Does Coca-Cola Have to Do With Concealed-Carry?

A few weeks ago, we witnessed a rare ruling in the trademark world. Some say a precedent was established, but the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) disagrees. To set the scene: in March 2020, Robert Troy Hoff of Chicago applied to register a trademark for a stylized depiction of the words “Concealed Carry: Registered Handgun”. Mr. Hoff considered the phrase unique enough to merit a distinct mark.  However, if you look it up, you […]

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Welcome Summer Associate Corinne Bowden!

  We are happy to welcome our summer associate Corinne Bowden to Marks Gray!    Corinne earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and just completed her second year at Florida State University College of Law.   Please join us in welcoming her!    

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USPTO Trademark Application Filing Issues You Need to Know About

I received a phone call from an attorney this week asking me if I had recently encountered any problems filing trademark applications with the USPTO.  She proceeded to explain that she had filed a trademark application with the USPTO via the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) on April 15, 2021 and received the email filing receipt from the USPTO with an assigned serial number. However, the trademark application never appeared in the Trademark Status & […]

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