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Trademark Searching

I added a new video today about trademark searching. This video details how to conduct a quick knockout search on the USPTO.gov website and also shows how you can find information about the current status of trademark applications. Read More
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I posted a new educational video about just what a trademark is. I get a lot of questions and confusion from people who wonder exactly what a trademark is and what can function as a trademark. The video lays out the definition of a trademark and the… Read More
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Policing Your Trademark

This is related to the post concerning trademark bullying. The purpose of trademarks is to prevent consumers from being confused as to the source of origin of particular goods/services. So when I buy a Pepsi cola I know just by looking at the name/de… Read More
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Another University Trademark Case

Here is another trademark case involving use of a University trademark. This case involves the University of Alabama and a sports artist. This case shares many similarities with the UT Tower trademark case I am currently involved in. The question is… Read More
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UT Tower Car Wash Case

I am currently awaiting word on summary judgment regarding the UT Tower car wash case. This case has gotten a lot of local coverage. Read More
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Cowboys and Aliens

We made some news defending Austin, Texas local Steve Busti to protect his original Cowboys and Aliens comic. http://www.tmz.com/2011/12/01/cowboys-and-aliens-lawsuit-copyright-infringement-comic-book/#.T2iwPxH2bLM http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/th… Read More
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The Problem with Legal Zoom

I’ve had many many clients come to me to fix their trademark application after trying to do it through Legal Zoom. I really don’t recommend trying to obtain a Federal Trademark Registration through Legal Zoom for a variety of reasons but… Read More
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The Wonderful World of Fair Use

One of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in copyright law that I encounter is fair use. It should be said at the outset that you cannot just take content that is on the internet and use it for your own purposes because of “fair use.̶… Read More
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Non-Compete Contracts

Many clients of mine have unwittingly signed contracts in which they promise not to compete against their employer after their relationship terminates. I have seen some pretty outrageous contracts in which essentially the employer tries to make it so… Read More
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What the heck is Trade Dress?

Most people are familiar with trademarks in logos and words. However, a lot fewer people realize that the actual packaging for a product and the design of a product can serve the same function as a trademark. This is known as Trade Dress. One promine… Read More
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