Trademark Applications: Think Twice About Automated Registration

Properly cared for, your trademark can develop into the most valuable asset you own. At a gathering of staff from several Coca-Cola bottling plants, a senior executive reportedly declared that “the company could lose all its plants, lose all its staff, lose its access to the sources of its rawProperly cared for, your trademark can develop into the most valuable asset you own. At a gathering of staff from several Coca-Cola bottling plants, a senior executive reportedly declared that “the company could lose all its plants, lose all its staff, lose its access to the sources of its raw

How Strong is Your Trademark? 5 Levels of Distinctiveness [Infographic]

Picking a mark to represent your brand can be one of the most important decisions you make. Think about the brands we see everyday. Apple. Coca Cola. Microsoft. These are immediately identifiable both with the company and the products they produce. Just how strong is your trademark? On one endPicking a mark to represent your brand can be one of the most important decisions you make. Think about the brands we see everyday. Apple. Coca Cola. Microsoft. These are immediately identifiable both with the company and the products they produce. Just how strong is your trademark? On one end

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International Trademark Law: Thoughts on Japan’s Post-Registration Opposition Proceedings

Most nations with fully-developed trademark legal frameworks allow for opposition proceedings with regard to newly filed applications for trademarks. Most jurisdictions, like the United States, provide that opposition proceedings shall occur during the registration process, prior to issuance of the relevant Certificate of Registration. However, about 10 jurisdictions allow forMost nations with fully-developed trademark legal frameworks allow for opposition proceedings with regard to newly filed applications for trademarks. Most jurisdictions, like the United States, provide that opposition proceedings shall occur during the registration process, prior to issuance of the relevant Certificate of Registration. However, about 10 jurisdictions allow for

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Trademark Priority: Risks of Too Much Secrecy and “Use in Commerce”

Trademark protection in the United States is based on “use in commerce.” Sometimes, competing businesses arrive at the same branding concept at about the same time, raising questions of trademark priority. With respect to trademark priority, as discussed below, too much secrecy can be risky. Many businesses legitimately want toTrademark protection in the United States is based on “use in commerce.” Sometimes, competing businesses arrive at the same branding concept at about the same time, raising questions of trademark priority. With respect to trademark priority, as discussed below, too much secrecy can be risky. Many businesses legitimately want to

Lessons in Trademarking Trade Dress: Apple vs. Samsung

Lessons in Trademarking Trade Dress The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over the shape of their respective smart phones provides some interesting lessons regarding trade dress law and how common law trade dress rights work. See news article here. Apple vs. Samsung: Design Patents and Trademarks for Apple’sLessons in Trademarking Trade Dress The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over the shape of their respective smart phones provides some interesting lessons regarding trade dress law and how common law trade dress rights work. See news article here. Apple vs. Samsung: Design Patents and Trademarks for Apple’s

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Trademarks in China: Some Similarities, Many Large Differences

We wrote recently about registering trademarks in China and the importance of not getting “hustled” by trademark squatters. See here. This is a follow-up article proving some additional information on the China system of registering trademarks. There a some similarities and large differences between the China system and the trademarkWe wrote recently about registering trademarks in China and the importance of not getting “hustled” by trademark squatters. See here. This is a follow-up article proving some additional information on the China system of registering trademarks. There a some similarities and large differences between the China system and the trademark

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What is the Trademark Supplemental Register?

Many people are aware that the Lanham Act allows you to register a trademark. Many are less familiar with the fact that there are two registers: the Principal Register and the Supplemental Register. The Supplemental Register is governed by Sections 23-28 of the Lanham Act, codified at 15 U.S.C. §§Many people are aware that the Lanham Act allows you to register a trademark. Many are less familiar with the fact that there are two registers: the Principal Register and the Supplemental Register. The Supplemental Register is governed by Sections 23-28 of the Lanham Act, codified at 15 U.S.C. §§

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Chinese Trademark Registration and Unexpected Liabilities: Don’t Get Hustled

In the United States (U.S.), trademark law is, for the most part, supposed to protect consumers. With this purpose in mind, it makes sense that trademark rights arise as soon as you start using a trademark in commerce in a manner that causes your consumers to view the mark asIn the United States (U.S.), trademark law is, for the most part, supposed to protect consumers. With this purpose in mind, it makes sense that trademark rights arise as soon as you start using a trademark in commerce in a manner that causes your consumers to view the mark as

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International Trademarks: Japan has Embraced Color

Trademarking colors has been a complex and confusing legal history question. Color has always been allowed as part of the mark design, but for many years trademarking was denied for stand-alone colors and schemes. Even now the TMEP begins from the principle that “[c]olor marks are never inherently distinctive.” TheTrademarking colors has been a complex and confusing legal history question. Color has always been allowed as part of the mark design, but for many years trademarking was denied for stand-alone colors and schemes. Even now the TMEP begins from the principle that “[c]olor marks are never inherently distinctive.” The

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What is Contributory Trademark Infringement?

How does Amazon avoid being held liable for trademark infringement? We can find some answers by examining a case recently filed by Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, against Amazon. Daimler is alleging direct trademark infringement and unfair competition, but the case will inevitably deal with the legal doctrine ofHow does Amazon avoid being held liable for trademark infringement? We can find some answers by examining a case recently filed by Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, against Amazon. Daimler is alleging direct trademark infringement and unfair competition, but the case will inevitably deal with the legal doctrine of