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When Does Trademark Protection Begin?

trademark protection

We’ve had the opportunity to talk about how vital a legal tool Trademark is for any company out there. Not only does it promote your brand and provide differentiation in the market.But it also protects your business from others trying to confuse your customers with subpar goods and services. It may also prevent con artists from trying to pass their products as your own. Simply put, a trademark is your best legal recourse to keep the elements that identify your company in the market safe. Once you understand the significance of filing a trademark for elements such as your company’s name or logo,...

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What is an Asset Protection Trust?

Asset Protection Trust

You’ve started to amass considerable wealth and you have no idea how to protect it from creditors or potential legal actions where you might be rendered liable. That’s when asset protection comes into play. Asset protection is the group of strategies implemented to safeguard a person’s or a corporation’s wealth. It limits potential creditor’s access to valuable properties within the debtor-creditor law.This means that it isolates assets without having to resort to illegal practices. Also Read: Hashtags and Trademarks An asset protection trust is one of these strategies that both businesses and individuals can use to shield valuable properties from creditors. It allows for...

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What Is Asset Protection Insurance

Asset Protection Insurance

In a world of uncertainty, it is always essential to have a backup plan and Asset Protection Insurance is the perfect contingency plan. But what exactly is it? As the name suggests, Asset Protection Insurance was designed to protect your assets. Your car, your home, any recreational vehicles, etc. are included in an asset protection insurance policy in case you need additional coverage than the one provided by traditional policies. Also Read: PRINCIPAL VS. SUPPLEMENTAL TRADEMARK REGISTER DIFFERENCES The main purpose of Asset Protection Insurance is to cover the gap between the present market value and the original invoice price of the property in...

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Cannabis Intellectual Property and Marijuana Patents

Cannabis Patents

Michael Cohen of Cohen IP Law Group recently presented a lecture regarding various issues of patenting cannabis covering the different types of patents and IP which can be used to secure protection, as well as discussing cannabis patent trolls and other issues involving cannabis IP litigation.  The two day seminar can still be accessed through the Seminar Group here:  https://www.theseminargroup.net/seminardetl.aspx?id=18.fivCA...

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Kanye West’s Yeezy Trademark and Chinese Issues, Don’t Believe the Hype

There has been several articles written, mostly inaccurate and misleading, indicating that a Chinese company has taken the Yeezy trademarks. This is likely not the case.  Kanye West, through his company Mascotte Holdings, Inc., has a US trademark registration for "Yeezy" filed in 2013, as well as other registration/applications for YZY and Yeezi. What the hullabaloo is about as written in Hypebeast and TMZ, is a Chinese company called Fujian Baby Network Technology Co., Ltd, recently filed an application for Yeezy Boast in class 25 for clothing and somehow took the Yeezy trademark.  Wrong.  Even the NYDaily News gets it grossly wrong, as the pending...

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Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Patents On The Rise

According to Patexia, approximately 500 patent application were published in 2017 that included the keywords "Bitcoin" and "Blockchain".  The growing number of filed applications reflects the interest surrounding the elusive crypotocurrency market especially when compared to the number of applications filed in 2012 which were only 6.  The top assignees for Bitcoin were Game Play Network, Bank of America, International Business Machines, Elwha LLC (Intellectual Ventures), and the United Parcel Service of America (UPS).  Surprisingly Google, Microsfot and large banks such as Credit Suisseand ING were not among the top 25 assignees....

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Medical and Recreational Marijuana Patents

Michael Cohen of Cohen IP Law Group PC will be lecturing on patent issues on the second day of the seminar “Medical and Recreational Marijuana” hosted by the The Seminar Group on March 30, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. His topic will be Cannabis Patents: What Can You Get And How Can You Get It. How to apply for and secure either a utility or plant patent for cannabis inventions; How to deal with cannabis patent trolls; Analysis of whether any companies are “cornering” the market on cannabis patents and what that means for the future of innovation in the cannabis industry. To sign...

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PRINCIPAL VS. SUPPLEMENTAL TRADEMARK REGISTER DIFFERENCES

Within the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office, there are two separate trademark “registers” that exist, namely the Principal and the Supplemental.  Typically when an applicant files a new trademark application, that application when ultimately approved and issued is defaulted to be on the Principal Register.  However, under some circumstances during the prosecution of the application, the examiner may recommend, or the applicant may have to voluntarily amend the application to the Supplemental Register.  Generally, “descriptive” marks are not entitled to the Principal register and instead must go on the Supplemental Register. The question becomes what is the difference between the...

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Types of Patent Searches and Opinions

It is not commonly known by many inventors that there are different types of patent searches and opinions depending upon the reason for the search. Namely there are four varieties of patent searches: 1) Novelty (patentability); 2) Freedom to Operate (FTO); 3) Non-infringement; and 4) Validity. 1. Novelty or Patentability Search Novelty searches tend to be the most common search requested. Simply stated, this type of search and opinion is conducted to determine the likelihood of getting a patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The question asked is whether the invention is patentable through the USPTO, but does...

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