BILLY GOAT Trademark Dispute Continues St. Louis/Chicago Rivalry

Billy Goat Trademark

There are many reasons why St. Louis and Chicago make for good Midwestern rival cities.  There’s the Cardinals/Cubs baseball rivalry.  There is also the Blackhawks/Blues rivalry (which is really just the reverse of the Cardinals/Cubs).  These two cities have been major economic competitors, as well.  But most people are not aware of the more recent … Read moreBILLY GOAT Trademark Dispute Continues St. Louis/Chicago Rivalry

When Should I Purchase Domain Names?

Purchase Domain Names

This blog focuses on the legal aspects of choosing and securing a trademark.  But picking a name also comes with several practical questions.  One of the most important of these is determining when to purchase domain names.  After all, you can end up infringing when you purchase someone else’s trademark as a domain.  You also … Read moreWhen Should I Purchase Domain Names?

Band Trademarks: What You Should Know

Band trademarks

Intellectual property rights are especially important in the music industry.  Musicians are creators, and we primarily think of their work as the songs protected by copyright law.  But a musician’s brand is also important, whether that brand consists of a stage name for a solo performer or a band.  Band trademarks and stage names have … Read moreBand Trademarks: What You Should Know

Do I Need a Business Entity for My Trademark?

Business entity

One frequent question I get is whether someone can (or should) own a trademark as an individual, or whether they need a corporation, LLC, or other business entity.  When applying to register your trademark, this is a question that you will need to answer.  There are some good reasons why you should create a business … Read moreDo I Need a Business Entity for My Trademark?