Before you file an application to register your mark, we highly recommend having our attorney conduct a search. A search locates applications, registrations and uses identical and similar to the name, logo or slogan you are considering. A search helps us determine the potential risks and benefits of using a trademark and filing an application.
Owning a federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides several advantages, including public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of your ownership of the mark nationwide, and an exclusive right to use the mark.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) presides over opposition, cancellation and ex parte appeal proceedings. Your trademark is the symbol that you use to identify your business. Disputes over registration of a trademark are adjudicated by the TTAB, as are appeals from refusals to register a trademark issued by trademark examining attorneys.
If a company has a trademark, which is its identifying name or symbol, no one else is allowed to use it without authorization. This authorization typically comes in the form of a trademark licensing agreement between the owner of the trademark and the party seeking to use the trademark on goods or services they are selling.
There are a lot of companies in the marketplace using a lot of different words, taglines and logos – how do you make sure that no one starts using yours? Trademark watch services provide a systematic way to monitor trademark applications filed and registrations issued to help you efficiently police your mark.
A copyright is a legal and official protection of an original work. These works generally include movies, songs, poetry, novels, photographs, paintings, architecture and some types of Web coding. You cannot copyright ideas, but you can often copyright the words or expression that is used to convey your ideas.
Sometimes, a question comes up as to whether a copyright is valid, relevant or otherwise enforceable. Whether you’re the person or business holding the disputed copyright or you are disputing the validity of someone else’s copyright, Triangle Trademarks can help.
In the US, design patents protect the configuration or shape of an article, the surface ornamentation applied to an article, or a combination of configuration and surface ornamentation.
A domain name dispute occurs when one party registers (or attempts to register) a domain name that another party believes belongs to them. There are several ways that a business-owner or individual can become involved in a domain name dispute.
As a consumer, you have probably learned to read advertisements with a discerning eye. After all, a restaurant can advertise that they have the “best cup of coffee in town,” but you know going in that it’s not an absolute promise.