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Social Media: Actually it isn’t the Wild West Part 1

In Copyrights 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon MontgomeryLeave a Comment

As promised here is the first installment of articles discussing the laws and regulations that apply to social media use and yes, to influencers. Intellectual property (IP) is a huge chunk of my law practice. I spend the majority of my time on trademark prosecution followed by some copyright registration and a lot of IP education. For a background on …

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10 Reasons To Register Your Trademark

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I’ve talked about the importance of trademark registration before. I’ve talked about when you should register, and why you should (or maybe shouldn’t) from a purely business perspective, but I don’t think I have ever laid out the exact reasons why registering your trademarks with the USPTO is a great idea if you’re a business owner with a brand worth …

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Why Social Media has made it Necessary to Register Your Trademarks

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Yes, your trademarks are protected by common law. And I know I’ve mentioned a time or two why registration with the USPTO is a good idea. While I stick by my previous statements about the benefits of registration, an event this week with a client has inspired me to put this article together and give you yet another reason why …

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Dealing with Cease and Desist: the good the bad and the ugly

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

If you’re in business for any amount of time it is likely that you will receive a cease and desist letter at some point throughout your journey. If you recall this article you’ll know that monitoring your intellectual property (trademarks/copyrights) is part of owning it. So, it isn’t surprising that you might get a cease and desist at some point …

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Timeline of a Trademark Application

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Starting a business can be scary. There are a lot of unknowns. I can absolutely understand that. Starting this law firm was, and at most times still is scary. So, as an attorney that works with business as they grow and build, I want to do all that I can to take out some of those unknowns. Filing a trademark …

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Who Owns Your Podcast and More…

In Business 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

If you’re anything like me, you’re a podcast addict. From fitness to business growth there is something for everyone in the podcast world. More and more people are hopping on the podcast train as a way to provide more value to their customers, build their brand recognition, and drive sales within their company. One day I may hop on that …

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Marketing, Advertising, and Trademark Law

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Clearing your trademarks prior to launching a business or product is the first step you should be taking in protecting your intellectual property, and your business from unwanted trademark infringement suits. But what about clearing trademarks before launching a new advertising or marketing campaign? Sometimes your campaign involves a particular word or slogan, and it’s highly likely that you find …

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International Trademark Protection

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

The United States signed the Madrid Protocol way back in 2003, which provided a convenient and more cost-effective way for US trademark holders to protect their marks abroad. There are over 80 countries signed to the Madrid Protocol and that list will likely be growing in the coming years. If you do business online or overseas, and you want to …

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Intellectual Property Tips for the Online Entrepreneur

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

In today’s world, it isn’t strange to explain to someone that you work full time online as a content creator. Some of the most successful 20 and 30 somethings have turned their YouTube channel into big business, and it seems like every high school kid is aspiring to do the same. So, while there is no shortage of those of …