What is a generic mark?

What is a generic mark? A generic mark is a word understood by the public as the common term for a product or service. For example, the word “apple” would be generic for the fruit. There is no more common term to refer to the apple fruit than simply “apple.” However, the term “apple” would […]

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Can you trademark before launching product?

What comes first: filing trademark or launching product? The US trademark registration system is different from the rest of the world. With a few exceptions, one generally must use the mark in connection with goods or services in US commerce in order to obtain a federal trademark registration from the USPTO. Should business owners first […]

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Are many goods or services in a US trademark application OK?

Can you have too many goods or services in a US trademark application? Most foreign countries do not require use of the trademark for registration. So it is common to find a high number of goods or services in Madrid trademark applications that originate outside the US. The lack of a use requirement in foreign […]

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What are the new trademark filing rules for 2020?

What are the new USPTO trademark filing rules in 2020? Starting Feb. 15, 2020, certain mandatory requirements for trademark filings will take effect. These changes to trademark filing rules pertain mostly to communications with the USPTO and specimens of use. The new trademark filing rules will require nearly all new trademark applications to be filed […]

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What is a trademark audit?

What is a trademark audit? The USPTO has recently started a process to audit the maintenance or renewals of trademark registrations, called the Trademark Post Registration Audit Pilot Program. The purpose of this audit is to check if the owner has continued to use the trademark on the goods or services identified in the registration. […]

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Why not register your trademark?

Why not register your trademark? There may be valid reasons for not registering your trademark, but the legal cost should not be one of them. Unlike patent costs which are multiple times higher, the cost to register a trademark for a single class of goods or services is generally affordable, even for an early stage […]

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Low Tech IP: Design patent and trademark protection

Design patent and trademark protection for low tech products So you’re not in the high tech industry. Is IP out of the question then? You may be encouraged to know that IP is not only for high tech products. Low technology products can also have protectable IP in design patent and trademark protection. While basic […]

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How to trademark books, DVDs and creative works

What are common problems in registering a trademark on books? Books, DVDs, CDs, films, videos and other media containing creative content are generally considered creative works. It’s natural for an author of a book or other creative work to think about protecting the title as a trademark. So why is it so hard to trademark […]

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How to transfer trademark ownership (trademark assignment)

How do you transfer ownership of a trademark? To change the owner of a federal trademark registration or application, a trademark assignment should be signed and recorded with the USPTO. A trademark assignment is a document signed by the original owner (“assignor”) that transfers ownership of the trademark to a new owner (“assignee”). In most […]

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