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Creativity can make trademark demands more effective

Traditional lawyer demand letters can backfire.

You want your lawyers to be strongly assertive when you believe that your trademark rights are being used in an infringing or generic way.  But formal demands that the improper activity must cease have, on occasion, been posted to social media and ridiculed there, or have just been ineffective.

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When a company decides to discontinue the primary use of a mark, the company nevertheless may wish to maintain its exclusive right to use that mark because the mark may continue to be associated with the company.  

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Can I Trademark that Trumpism?

Despite any ideological differences, nearly all Americans can agree that the past twelve months have been a boom time for political catchphrases — Covfefe, anyone?  But can a third party stick a political catchphrase on a t-shirt or coffee mug and obtain a trademark registration? 

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Reinforcing a trademark registration's most important right

The exclusive right to use an arguably descriptive trademark or service mark can be strengthened by obtaining a federal trademark registration and by filing a declaration of incontestability, when available.

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"Merely Informational Matter" is the new name for a type of unregistrable trademark

How you can identify a “merely informational matter” and what you can do if it is refused registration.

Your trade secrets could be available from U.S. Customs

How can competitors learn your import/export trade secrets? And how can you learn theirs? 

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Registration of Non-traditional Trademarks

It is possible to register something other than a word, slogan or logo as a trademark in the U.S.

Intellectual Property as Security

The rules for using intellectual property as collateral can be counter-intuitive.

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Update on cost savings using international trademark filing systems

The Community Trade Mark ("CTM") has had significant regulatory changes including, since March 23, 2016, being called the European Union Trade Mark ("EUTM").

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How you can protect recipes

Recipe protection is rare but possible.

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