Trademark Protection

Trademark Renewals

Trademark Law: U.S. Trademark Registration Renewals – Renewal of Registered TrademarksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. To maintain a trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.) in good standing and to continue to receive the benefits of the registration, the mark must be renewed so that it is will not be invalidated […]
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Intellectual Property Law Protection of Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga Works

Intellectual Property Law Protections for Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga WorksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Ranging from the characters from Marvel, Disney, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, South Park, Mario, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sailor Moon, and many other creative properties, today’s popular entertainment products feature a plethora of unique intellectual property (IP), including rights that exist in […]
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Trademark “Scams” – Fraudulent Notices For Renewals, Monitoring Services and Registries

Trademark Law: “Scam” Fraudulent Notices For Renewals, Monitoring Services and RegistriesBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In recent years, there has been an increase in the creation of official “sounding” entities sending out authoritative “looking” communications to listed trademark owners.   There are a variety of notices sent out to owners at their listed addresses and some […]
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Trademark Law: The Principal and Supplemental Register

Trademark Law: The Trademark Principal Register and Trademark Supplemental RegisterBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. One constant question posed by clients and a frequent option offered in an Office Action Letter from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.) is the potential of registering a mark on the “Supplemental Register.” This is often misunderstood and is […]
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Trademark Specimens and Information On “Actual Use” and “Intent-To-Use” Applications

Trademark Specimens Of Use and Information On “Actual Use” and “Intent-To-Use” ApplicationsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In the United States, trademark rights in a mark are based on “actual use” of the name in commerce; consequently, an owner must actually be utilizing the mark in commerce for the particular goods or services in order to […]
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Copyright? Trademark? Or Is It Both?

Intellectual Property Law: Copyright? Trademark? Or Is It Both?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While sometimes mistakenly grouped together, trademarks and copyrights are very different. In fact, each of these intellectual property protections applies to distinct and unique things. However, both are equally important; and, in some situations, both may be necessary to secure proper protection […]
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Intellectual Property Considerations For Restaurants, Food Products and Other Culinary Establishments

Intellectual Property Considerations For Restaurants, Food Products and Other Culinary EstablishmentsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. As restaurants, food companies, and other culinary establishments continue to form and grow, these companies begin to face new legal challenges similar to any other business. While there are many matters a potential restaurateur must evaluate prior to forming or […]
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