Trademark & Copyright Law

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USPTO Gives Priority to PPE Trademarks

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically transformed the operations of many businesses and some have responded by altering their ordinary production operations to fill the demand for personal protective equipment (“PPE”). As a result, the United States Patent and Trademark Organization (“USPTO”) has seen an increase in trademark applications for COVID-19-related medical goods and services. In …

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TTAB Prohibits Registration of CBD Trademark

Getting a CBD trademark is not as easy as one would think. In 2015, Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC (“Stanley Brothers”) applied for registration of the mark CW (the “Mark”) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), for “hemp oil extracts sold as an integral component of dietary and nutritional supplements.” The USPTO …

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A Trademark Lawyer Can Guide you to Obtaining a Strong Trademark

When starting a new business and attempting to stand out from the crowd, it is important for business owners to consider how to go about building a strong brand. An essential part of creating good branding is developing a robust trademark. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that …

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Want to Coexist with Another Brand? Ask a TM Lawyer How to Do So

Businesses often come into conflict with other businesses that use identical or similar brands to sell related goods and/or services. This can lead to the refusal of a trademark application by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on the basis of a likelihood of confusion, or lengthy litigation with attendant expensive legal fees …

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Wondering if Your Trademark has Been Abandoned? Ask a Trademark Lawyer

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has led to the shuttering of businesses throughout the world. While many of these businesses will be able to open when it is deemed safe by authorities for them to do so, others will be forced to close down forever. For struggling businesses that have registered and/or common …

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Governor Cuomo Revises E-Signature Executive Order

Previously, we blogged about federal and state e-signature and notarization laws that apply in this time of working remotely from home. On March 31, 2020, the New York Department of State revised Executive Order 202.7 to clarify the responsibilities of New York State licensed notaries public.  What are the revisions to the Executive Order?

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Jack Daniels Chewed Up by Trademark Law

VIP Products LLC (“VIP”) designs, markets and sells “Silly Squeakers” dog toys that are often made to humorously resemble well-known beverage containers. In 2013, VIP fashioned the Bad Spaniels Silly Squeaker (“Bad Spaniels”) dog toy to resemble a Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle and altered the label by: 1) replacing “Jack Daniel’s” with “Bad Spaniels;” 2) …

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Responding to Trademark Office Actions

Approximately three (3) months after submitting a trademark application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), the application will be assigned to an Examining Attorney. The Examining Attorney will review the application for any administrative or substantive issues and deliver an “office action” if there are any such issues. If no issues with …

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