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 flatfeetrademark.com 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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Reduced USPTO Trademark Filing Fees

Published Jan 19, 2015

It now costs less to file an application for federal trademark registration! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a major fee reduction for all electronically filed trademark applications through its TEAS and TEAS Plus filing systems. The new USPTO trademark filing fees are $275 for TEAS applications (down from $325), and $225…
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Do I Need to Work with a Trademark Attorney to Register a Trademark?

Published Nov 19, 2014

We often receive calls from prospective clients asking why they should hire a trademark attorney and can they navigate the trademark application process themselves? The short answer is, I don’t know, can you? You can cut your own hair or defend yourself in a death penalty case. You CAN. But should you? Probably not! Before…
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How To Conduct a Proper Trademark Search

Published Nov 19, 2014

The name of your company can be a crucial element for long-term success. Whether your company is a tech giant or a small start-up with offices in the garage, choosing the right name for your business and brand can mean the difference between success and failure. For every GOOGLE, NIKE and STARBUCKS, there are a…
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