Archive for the ‘Trademark Law’ Category

Stolen Trademark = Trademark Infringement

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Lawyers speak different than their clients. A client tells their lawyer that someone has stolen their trademark. Of course, the attorney knows this means that there might be claim of trademark infringement. Helping bridge the communication gap is really important. This is just what example of how a good competent attorney has to be able to interpret the information they receive from their client about intellectual property and other legal issues.

As an internet lawyer specializing in trademark infringement litigation, cases, registration and assessment, I hear common language from clients all the time. Personally, I prefer they way clients speak about their problems. In many ways, their description of the issue is more accurate than the legal term we label it with.

Yes, someone has stolen your trademark. Trademark theft occurs every day. And a good trademark infringement lawyer will help you get your stolen trademark back from the person who took it.

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Trademark Cease and Desist Letter Forms: The Do’s and Don’ts

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Too many companies and too many trademark lawyers simply send out trademark infringement cease and desist letters as a matter of course. They don’t, as good attorneys or good companies, or good stewards of the trademark system, stop and think about who they’re sending the letter to. Sometimes people aren’t intentionally infringing your trademark at all, and sometimes there are legitimate reasons why people have registered a similar domain name, or used a similar company name, or have otherwise done something, which you believe is too close to your trademark.

My name is Trademark Infringement Attorney Enrico Schaefer, and today we’re going to talk about the do’s and don’ts of sending a trademark cease and desist letter. The deal here is this. There are people who will directly attack your trademark and those people deserve a very aggressive threat letter. They deserve to receive a threat letter which tells them that you believe that they’ve intentionally targeted your trademark and that they’re liable potentially for statutory damages and attorney’s fees under trademark law.

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How to Register a Name as a Trademark

Monday, June 25th, 2012

If you want to protect your name as a trademark, there a numerous steps that you need to go through. It is not as simple as simply filling out a form. If you do anything incorrectly on your trademark registration application, your trademark, even if it gets registered, because it’s of course based on the information that you and your trademark attorneys provide, could be invalid. So you could have spent all that time and money for nothing, because somebody challenges your trademark down the line and it turns out you provided some misinformation, either intentionally or innocently. Boom, your trademark is invalid.

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Trademark Infringement and Likelihood of Confusion

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

As a trademark attorney, I see things every day, many of which don’t surprise me anymore.  But I have to say one thing that I really hear a lot in the area of trademark registration and trademark infringement is, “Hey, my mark is different than the one that is being used by the trademark holder” or “my mark isn’t exactly the same” or “my logo is slightly different.”  What people fail to realize is that trademarks protect around the mark.  They protect more than just the literal use of the word or the design element or the logo or the colors in the related elements of the trademark use.

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What is Trademark Registration and How Do You Do It?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Trademark registration is the process by which you file an application to the USPTO, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, asking the United States government to, essentially, acknowledge and validate that the word or brand or logo that you are submitting is, in fact, considered trademark worthy under U.S. law.

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Intellectual Property: Trademark Rights

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Welcome to Trademark Law Radio, a top web resource on issues of trademark infringement, trademark licensing, trademark protection, and trademark registration.

My name is Enrico Schaefer and I specialize in trademark and intellectual property issues.  Today, we’re going to be talking a bit about intellectual property and trademark rights.  Some of the questions we receive from clients and prospective clients all the time are, “what is the difference between the various types of intellectual property?”  “Is a trademark intellectual property?” “What is the difference between a trademark and a copyright?”  “What is the difference between a patent and a trademark?” “What is the difference between a patent and a copyright?”  Today, we’re going to have a little bit of an intellectual property primer and we’re going to talk a little bit about the differences between various forms of intellectual property and, in fact, what is intellectual property.  Today, we’re going to be dealing with a very broad topic of IP. Continue reading Intellectual Property: Trademark Rights »

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Trademark Infringement: How to Protect Your Trademark

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Welcome to Trademark Law Radio, a top web resource on issues of trademark infringement, trademark licensing, trademark protection, and trademark registration.

Welcome to Trademark Law Radio, my name is Trademark Infringement Attorney Enrico Schaefer.  I work for a law firm that specializes in all trademark matters, trademark law, trademark registration, and, of course, trademark licensing and trademark infringement.

Today, we are going to be talking about trademark infringement.  It is obviously a hot topic because the internet makes trademark infringement very easy.  It’s as easy as creating a website or domain name and then allowing someone to infringe on it by registering a similar domain name or using your trademark in their web page.   And let’s face it, in today’s world, trademark infringement is rampant and you need to protect your trademark, especially if it’s registered, if, in fact, you are going to build value around that trademark. Continue reading Trademark Infringement: How to Protect Your Trademark »

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Trademark Basics: How to Protect Your Name as a Trademark

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Welcome to Trademark Law Radio, a top web resource on issues of trademark infringement, trademark licensing, trademark protection, and trademark registration.

Welcome to Trademark Law Radio.  My name is Trademark Attorney Enrico Schaefer and today we are going to be talking about name and brand protection.

If you are going to start a new company, launch a new product, a new service, a new slogan or new logo, you are going to need to protect that.  And what I mean by protect the logo, the name or the mark, is that you want to be the only one in the world that can use that brand that you have picked for your company or product or service.  You want to be the only one in the world that gets to use that for your goods and services.  So, if you are a faucet company and you are manufacturing kitchen sinks and similar things, you want to be the only one who gets to be Delta Faucets.  If you are an airline, you want to be the only one that gets to be Delta Airline.  Now, Delta Faucets and Delta Airline could co-exist in the trademark world because no one is likely to be confused about who is who. Continue reading Trademark Basics: How to Protect Your Name as a Trademark »

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What is a Trademark Drawing?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

SANDHYA MAHAJAN, TMIN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER:
Thankfully, this is one of the easiest parts of the application. But don’t relax too much; it is critical that you complete this section correctly.

The depiction of the mark you submit now is what will appear on your registration certificate once the application process is completed. And remember: you cannot add or subtract words and designs to the mark throughout the process, except in very rare circumstances. So, the mark you submit now is what will register later. And you want it to look perfect, right?

Before we talk about some of the important issues in this section, you should know a quick definition. Sometimes you will see official documents that refer to a mark “drawing.” Don’t be alarmed; there’s no sketching involved… The word “drawing” merely refers to a “depiction of the mark.” Continue reading What is a Trademark Drawing? »

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After You Register Your Mark, You Need to Maintain the Mark with the USPTO?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

MARK TRADEMAN, TMIN NEWS ANCHOR:
Congratulations on the registration of your trademark! You’ve probably invested a lot of time and money into getting this registration, so don’t forget to take the actions necessary to protect your valuable asset.

Trademark rights can last forever, but in order to keep your federal trademark registration you must continue to use the mark in commerce and file the required maintenance documents at regular intervals. The first maintenance document must be filed between the 5th and 6th years after registration and the remaining documents must be filed between the 9th and 10th years after registration, and then every 10 years thereafter. We’ll talk more about that in a moment, but be aware: Failure to file these documents will result in the cancellation, or loss, of your federal registration. Continue reading After You Register Your Mark, You Need to Maintain the Mark with the USPTO? »

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