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Is it Legal to Put “TM” on Your Logo Before You Register the Trademark?

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You can use trademark symbol (™) even when your product is not registered, but…

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Written by Joe Escalante

November 26th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Don’t Take a Bite Out of the Cronut® Name

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In May of 2013, Chef Dominique Ansel introduced the Cronut, a croissant-donut pastry, to customers at his eatery, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. The dessert has been so revered since then that customers line up around the block every single morning outside of the bakery, sometimes arriving before 7 a.m. in order to […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

March 11th, 2014 at 8:09 am

USPTO to Open Satellite Offices

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced plans to open satellite offices in the Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas in addition to the Detroit location, which had already been planned. By opening the satellite offices, the USPTO hopes to make some headway on the backlog of patent applications as well as accommodate intellectual […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 12th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is “seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).” According to the USPTO’s press release: The committees were created in 1999 through Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 23rd, 2012 at 6:20 am

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USPTO Seeks 2012 National Trademark Expo Exhibitor Applicants

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the 2012 National Trademark Expo, which will take place on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at the USPTO offices in Alexandria, Virginia. Every year, the USPTO holds the Expo “to educate the public about trademarks and their importance in the global marketplace.” To […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 19th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

“Linsanity” Reaches the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Jeremy Lin, the basketball player who has breathed life into the New York Knicks lately, has moved to trademark “Linsanity,” the word that has come to symbolize his emergence onto the NBA scene. Lin’s lawyer filed a trademark application on February 13, but that still wasn’t before two other people attempted to capitalize on the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 24th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

USPTO Seeks Nominations for 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is searching for America’s top innovators via nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation has been awarded by presidents of the United States since 1985; it is, according to the USPTO “the highest honor that can be […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 am

The Patented Method for Building a Snowman

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Celebrate Innovation Month and Wacky Patent Wednesdays may be over, but the recently granted patent for the method for building a snowman really deserves an honorable mention. Yes, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Ignacio Marc Asperas’s application to patent an “Apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snowman/woman.” And in case you […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am

German Liquor Company Trademarks the F-Bomb

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Germany’s Federal Patent Court recently allowed EFAG Trade Mark Company to trademark its “Ficken Schnapps.” Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you if you don’t speak German, but “ficken” is the equivalent of “f*ck” in Deutschland—and the ruling is receiving worldwide press. Previous requests to trademark the name failed with the German Patent and Trademark […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 21st, 2011 at 10:27 am

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Wacky Patent Wednesdays: Barbecue Edition

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So far this month, we’ve talked about wacky patents related to ice cream and baseball, and now we’re turning to another of summer’s grandest traditions: the barbecue. Cooking over an open flame goes way, way back of course, and America certainly didn’t invent the barbecue grill—but there have been many patents granted by the United […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am