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Avoiding Trademark Filing Errors

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on May 3, 2017 3:25:51 PM

One of the most common ways our law firm helps individuals is by correcting trademark filing errors. If not properly remedied, some of these errors have the potential to create problems for the mark holder. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has particularly complex laws regarding how trademarks should be filed. Due to these complicated laws, statistics for the first quarter of 2017 reveal that not every trademark is properly filed. In order to ensure that a trademark is properly filed, individuals who are interested in filing a trademark should consider retaining the assistance of a skilled attorney like the legal counsel at Whitcomb.

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Topics: Colorado trademark law attorneys, trademark law, trademark law attorneys

The Pink Trademark Dispute-Not Just a Color Anymore

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Jan 17, 2017 3:09:42 PM

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Topics: Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property, trademark law, trademark lawyers, trademark protection

Crafting a Trademark Application for Your Craft Brew

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Apr 14, 2015 7:18:57 PM
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Brewing Trademark Applications

Brewers and brewery owners, be diligent in your naming. The collaborative solidarity of the brewing community fissured long ago. It’s not gone--there still exists a wonderful collection of craft beer producers who will walk 10 miles uphill both ways in a snowstorm to loan you a sack of grain. Great value exists in fostering and supporting that community. But protect yourselves. You operate a business. Just as you lock your doors at night to protect your brewing assets, so should you do what is necessary to secure your company’s intellectual assets.

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Topics: Government Procurement, Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property, intellectual property law, trademark law, trademark law attorneys, trademark lawyers, trademark protection

Is The Washington Redskins Logo Offensive? Is That Enough To Cancel Its Trademark?

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Dec 22, 2014 10:48:10 AM

When is a logo offensive enough to prevent registration with the USPTO?

The Washington Redskins are the professional football team located in Washington D.C.  Forbes Magazine ranks the Redskins as the third most valuable franchise in the National Football League (NFL), and as of 2013 they were valued at approximately $1.6 billion. In addition, the Redskins’ history includes being the first team in the NFL to have an official marching band and to also have the first team fight song, called “Hail to the Redskins.” The logo for the team is represented by a Native American with feathers in his hair, pictured all over the Redskins official website here.

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Topics: Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property, trademark law, trademark protection

What is the Likelihood of Consumer Confusion between John Wayne And Duke University?

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Dec 21, 2014 12:10:42 PM

Duke University versus the Duke's bourbon?  Likelihood of consumer confusion?  You decide.

When most people think of John Wayne, they immediately picture Academy Award winning actor and American icon famous for his cowboy films. Most people don’t make a connection between John Wayne and Duke University. However, due to an old nickname of John Wayne, Duke University and John Wayne’s estate have found themselves entangled in a trademark dispute.

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Topics: Trademark Attorney, consumer confusion, trademark law

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Could Spell Trouble With The WTO

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Dec 1, 2014 7:03:55 PM

What does China's anti-monopoly law mean to international business transactions?

There is no such thing as a slow month in international trade law, particularly when it comes to China, which seems to make the news on a near daily basis.  This month was no exception as China made headlines for its application of an anti-monopoly law.

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Topics: International Business, international business, trademark law

We Are a Trademark Family: McDonald’s, McNuggets…McBrunch.

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Nov 30, 2014 1:13:09 PM

What is a Trademark Family?

We are all familiar with the multi-national, mega fast food chain that is McDonald’s and its ever increasing list of “Mc” foods.  At some point, most Americans, although some are reluctant to admit it, have purchased McNuggets or a McCafe, both trademarked names.  McDonald’s is hoping to add another term to its trademark family: McBrunch.

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Topics: Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property, trademark law

How International Trademark Laws Kept The “Apple Watch” Secret

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Nov 27, 2014 9:59:32 AM

Can international trademark laws keep your branding secrets?

Over the past few months there have been many rumors and much speculation about Apple’s new product releases.  Two of those rumors, that new iPhones would include a much larger screen and the Apple would be launching a smart watch, turned out to be true.  September 9th was Apple’s big reveal day for both products.  What surprised some was the name of Apple’s new watch.

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Topics: International Business, Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property, international business transaction lawyers, international trademark law, trademark law

Why So Sirius? The Turtles Win Copyright Protections Lawsuit

Posted by Brandon Selinsky on Nov 1, 2014 10:36:53 PM

What Requires Copyright Protections?

We live in a world where music, art and drama can be live at our fingertips. Just think back a few years to when YouTube didn't exist and live streaming radio stations on the internet such as Pandora and Sirius XM were ideas of the future. However, now, these are all everyday luxuries. Despite all of us being accustomed to having digital music streaming live all day, these digital music businesses have found themselves caught up in unfamiliar territory.

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Topics: Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, trademark attorneys in Colorado, trademark law

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