How to Maintain Your Active Trademark Registration

Published Dec 14, 2015

USPTO Trademark Renewal Filings   Once you’ve taken the important step of seeking and obtaining federal trademark registration for your brand name, logo or slogan, it’s equally important that you continue to maintain active registration status with timely trademark renewal filings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A federal trademark registration is valid…
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Federal Trademark Protection For Marijuana Business Brand Names

Published Oct 16, 2015

One big question people are asking at the moment is do I need a federal trademark protection for Marijuana brand names if I am looking to set up a marijuana-related business. With the increased legalization of marijuana for medicinal, as well as recreational, use across 23 states and the District of Columbia, it comes as…
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Trademark Registration For Doctors, Dentists and Medical Service Providers

Published Sep 17, 2015

Can a Medical Practice Name Be Trademarked?   When asked “what is a trademark,” the easiest answer is usually to name common brand names that most people are familiar with – Nike, McDonalds, CocaCola. Trademarks are often associated with products that we use on a day to day basis, whether it’s groceries, houseware or apparel….
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Is Your Trademark Too Descriptive? Consider the Supplemental Trademark Register!

Published Aug 13, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers trademark applicants two potential registers on which to file their trademark applications – the Principal Trademark Register and a Supplemental Trademark Register. Principal Register vs. the Supplemental Trademark Register? Most federal trademarks are registered on the Principal Trademark Register. A mark registered on the Principal Register is…
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Seahawks Just Locked up Another ’12’ Trademark

Published Jul 23, 2015

SEATTLE – The Seahawks are continuing their march to own everything related to the number 12. Paul Allen’s Northwest Football LLC was granted the trademark for “12s” last week, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports) The Seahawks now own 11 registered trademarks related to the number 12 and have filed for…
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Neuralstem (CUR) Announces Favorable Ruling in StemCells (STEM) Patent Infringement Case

Published Jul 23, 2015

Neuralstem (Nasdaq: CUR) announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed StemCells (Nasdaq: STEM), Inc.’s patent infringement case with prejudice in StemCells, Inc. v. Neuralstem, Inc. in favor of Neuralstem, on July 22, 2015. The District Court held a bench trial on the issue of standing in December of 2014. In…
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Trademark Geographical Indication Explained

Published Jul 10, 2015

It’s summertime! The time of year when productivity slows (except here at Flat Fee Trademark) and minds wander toward vacation time and trip planning. Whether you’re staying local or planning a big international holiday, summer is that time of year when everyone takes a pause to savor the season. And there’s no better time to…
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Likelihood of Confusion

Published Jun 22, 2015

The Standard Between Your Mark and Registration   One of the most common and arguably significant barriers to trademark registration has to be the likelihood of confusion standard. Essentially, if your trademark is too similar to someone else’s mark such that it is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace as to who offers the…
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What Happens When Someone Opposes My Trademark?

Published Apr 23, 2015

During the federal trademark registration process, trademark applicants must overcome two major thresholds in order to obtain registration for their mark. First, the trademark application must pass review by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Examining Attorney who is assigned to review the application for likelihood of confusion and other application deficiencies. If the…
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Concurrent Use Agreements For Trademark Registration

Published Mar 17, 2015

Trademark law in the United States provides that the first party to adopt and use a trademark has the right to continued, exclusive use of that mark in connection with their designated goods and/or services. Accordingly, they may prevent others from using the same mark or something similar in connection with related goods or service…
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Top 10 FlatFee Registered Trademarks 2014

Published Feb 05, 2015

We’re excited to announce our third annual list of Top 10 FlatFee Registered Trademarks! This is our list of the top ten brands that were registered through during 2014. In 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 204,624 trademark registrations (a major jump from 194,274 in 2013)! Our top picks for the year…
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