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Trademarks vs. Copyrights vs. Registered vs. Not…Help!!

In Copyrights 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I talk about intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, patents and a few other things) a lot. But, I don’t think I have ever explained the small differences between each, and the main points between registration vs non-registration of each. This is going to be a brief overview of that, and hopefully, by the end of this, you will have a better …

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Wu Tang Clan sues Woof Tang Clan:

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Intellectual Property isn’t all transactional. And sometimes, it is actually really exciting. Near the end of 2017, Wu-Tang Clan rapper and producer RZA filed suit against a Brooklyn dog walker and his company Woof-Tang Clan for trademark infringement. The company claims they walk the “illest group of dogs in New York City” but unfortunately for them, RZA finds their name …

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Arbitrary or Fanciful: Choose a Strong Mark

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

In Monday’s article, I discussed the importance of not having a company name that is merely descriptive or generic This week I want to talk about the types of marks you do want, in order to obtain trademark registration with the USPTO. As mentioned earlier, distinctiveness gives a mark the ability to distinguish the goods or services upon which it …

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Descriptive business name? Not a good idea:

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Distinctiveness is an important aspect of the trademark process. The USPTO does not grant trademark protection to a mark that is generic or merely descriptive. This, of course, is up to the interpretation of the examining attorney, and I have seen some applications denied based on descriptiveness even though I would never have thought so. So what can you do …

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Why I Don’t Trust LegalZoom for Trademark Registration

In Blog, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

If you’re ready to register your trademark chances are your business is doing well, and you’re growing. Which is great news! This also means you’ve likely spent considerable time managing your expenses extremely well to allow for this growth. Is that why you’re considering employing LegalZoom or a similar company, to file for your trademark registration? Let me stop you …