The last few weeks I have had several conversations with prospective clients that have made a major mistake. When conducting their own common law or knockout searches, they found potentially conflicting trademarks. But instead of consulting with an attorney, they then contacted the trademark owner directly. There are various reasons why you might be tempted to … Read moreShould I Ever Call a Trademark Owner?
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
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?
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