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How to File An Application to Obtain A Trademark Registration in the U.S.

In http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/acquiring-and-maintaining-a-trademark/ I discussed the advantages of obtaining a federal trademark registration in the U.S. To enjoy those advantages, you need to file an application to obtain that registration in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The first step in … Continue reading

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Determining if Your Trademark Has Been Infringed

Section 32 of the U.S. Trademark Act defines (15 U.S.C. sec. 1114) trademark infringement as the unauthorized use of an owner’s mark which is likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception. Among the elements considered in determining whether trademark infringement … Continue reading

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Why It Is Important to Register Your Trademark Abroad

Most countries outside the United States do not require that you use your trademark in that country in order to obtain exclusive rights in that mark in that country. All you have to do to obtain those rights is to … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars and Where They Should Be Tested

In a New Year’s Eve story, the New York Times described Arizonans attacking Waymo’s self-driving cars in Chandler by pelting them with rocks, slashing tires, trying to run them off the road and threatening the humans riding inside testing those … Continue reading

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CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT THE INTERNET?

The short answer to that question is no. Most people can’t live without access to the world’s knowledge, most recorded music, on-call transport, the world’s largest retail store, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, instantaneous traffic and weather reports, etc., all of which … Continue reading

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THESE ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND CORPORATE LAW SERVICES THAT MY FIRM PROVIDES

These are the Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law services that my firm provides: Corporate Formation We will conduct a search and advise you as to whether your proposed corporate name is also available as a domain name. We will … Continue reading

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Minding Your Own Business Or Keeping Your Trade Secrets Secret

Most businesses have trade secrets. These may consist of any information, including data, formulas, methods, techniques, drawings, financial information or lists of actual or potential customers and suppliers, that generates economic value to your business by reason of the fact … Continue reading

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Acquiring and Maintaining a Trademark

  Acquiring and maintaining a trademark is much like purchasing and maintaining a home. Before they purchase a home, reasonable buyers will have it inspected. That inspection will, among other items, check the electrical system to see if it is … Continue reading

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THE DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT

The misappropriation of a trade secret may now be enforced in the federal courts. On May 11, 2016 President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Previously, entities seeking relief for the misappropriation of their trade secrets had to resort … Continue reading

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DUE DILIGENCE BEFORE BRINGING A NEW PRODUCT TO MARKET

Before bringing a new product to market, a certain amount of due diligence is recommended. For example, before marketing a product or service; whether a financial product, a toy, a new restaurant, mobile phone app or anything else, it is … Continue reading

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YOU SHOULD POLICE YOUR TRADEMARKS!

You should police your trademarks! As I noted in http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/acquiring-and-maintaining-a-trademark/ prior to selecting a trademark for either goods or services or, and you need to consider this, purchasing a domain name for those goods or services as that domain name … Continue reading

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Using Trademarks Creatively to Build Your Brand Identity

Good advertising combined with a distinctive trademark can help create a successful brand. In my blog entry entitled Acquiring and Maintaining a Trademark” (See http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/acquiring-and-maintaining-a-trademark/) I wrote about the advantages of adopting an arbitrary trademark. An arbitrary mark would be a … Continue reading

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BEWARE! THE ILLINOIS “BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PRIVACY ACT”

The Future is here as long as you agree to its Terms and Conditions and sign a Release. See the retina scan used by James T. Kirk and found on your smartphone. See http://youtu.be/6JDLrTmLo8M  &  http://youtu.be/pJjwfrN6hTs Also see the Illinois Biometric … Continue reading

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HOW MOVING I.P. ASSETS OFFSHORE CAN REDUCE YOUR TAX LIABILITY

The “Double Irish” is neither two shots of Jameson’s nor a shot of Tullamore in a glass of Guinness. Instead it is a tax avoidance scheme used by scores of American companies including Allergan, Facebook and Google in which that … Continue reading

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