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?
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?
In a recent blog post, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office said that it may add a streamlined trademark cancellation proceeding. This process would focus on canceling trademark registrations for marks that are not in use. Of course, they are still researching this option. And it may be years before it comes to fruition (if … Read moreStreamlined Trademark Cancellation Considered by USPTO
In the United States, you get trademark rights by using your trademark in commerce. When there is a dispute over a trademark, a major issue is determining which party had trademark priority. In other words, “who established rights first?” You should file your trademark application as early as possible to prevent a situation where someone else … Read moreTrademark Priority: When Should I Register My Trademark?