Topic: trademarks

You Have a Great Name for a Terrific Product – Here’s How to Protect It…

“The strongest and most easily protectable types of marks are fanciful marks and arbitrary marks, because they are inherently distinctive. These marks are also easier to register because it is more unlikely that someone else has registered something similar.” (Sands Anderson) Got a terrific product and a great name for it? Excellent! Protecting that name… Read more »

Business Owners: What Keeps You Up at Night? [Poll]

Which legal issues give you the biggest headaches? While you’re thinking about your response, here are a handful of recent legal updates on these very topics: Business Formation: Key Tips for Developing Business Plans for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Business Owners – Scott Legal Services, P.C. California’s New LLC Act Adds Confusion and Effects Little Change… Read more »

Microbrewers: The Recipe for Craft Beers Includes Trademark Protection…

There’s not enough beer on this blog. Let’s change that. [Link: The Ska / DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over EUPHORIA, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer] First, Brian Gregg from law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick gives an overview of the basic steps every craft brewer should take to protect their trademarks. One key takeaway: one… Read more »

Register Your Trademark with the USPTO: An Essential Step in Brand Protection

For business owners who want to protect their brand with a trademark, here’s Jaburg Wilk’s Maria Speth on how to file an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Some key points: You can register your mark with your state, but federal registration trumps state trademarks A search for similar names should include trademarks… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – May 2012

What’s on your mind? Employee handbooks, business insurance, medical marijuana, and IP protection, among other things. For your convenience, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts in May 2012: 1. Think That Email Isn’t a Contract? Think Again “You’ve got mail! And, as two recent court decisions indicate, you might also have… Read more »

Small Business and IP: 5 Issues You Might Not be Considering (But Should!)

(Tech Start-Up Legal Issues 3: Guarding Your IP Assets by Bloomberg Law) It is often said that the success or failure of a technology startup can hinge on the protection of its intellectual property. But tech startups are not the only businesses with IP concerns. In today’s digital age, all small business owners and entrepreneurs… Read more »

5 Legal Matters That Can Make or Break a Small Business

When you’re running a business, making mistakes is a fact of life. But making legal mistakes – especially when they are avoidable – can mean the difference between the success and failure of your company. For your reference, a look at five legal areas that could break your business: 1.Contracts… “What’s in the small print… Read more »

IP Law: Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

“Business law is based on common sense. You can buy or sell breakfast, a toaster or car repair without a lawyer. Intellectual Property is different. Common sense does not always apply to IP. This is dangerous because IP is often a valuable competitive advantage, e.g., McDonald’s trademarked name and golden arches, Coca-Cola’s secret formula, Microsoft’s… Read more »

Protecting Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Here’s what lawyers and law firms on JD Supra are writing to help business owners and entrepreneurs make sense of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. A legal reading list on protecting your company’s intellectual property: – Protect your Intellectual Property – People, Processes & Products (by Bambi Faivre Walters, PC): A brief overview: “The term ‘intellectual… Read more »