The Power of Protests

In today's political climate, hordes of citizens have found power in protests.  Whether simply showing strength in numbers or sending a message of dissatisfaction to elected officials, protests have arisen both spontaneously and in very well planned, organized sequences.   Protests, together with  financial or legal pressure as well as persuasion, can be effective means to achieve change.  As a business lawyer based in Denver, far outside the beltway and all of the craziness of Washington, D.C., I usually stay relatively apolitical for client matters.  However, when I am monitoring my clients' trademarks for infringement and a watch notice report reveals that a new application which could be considered "confusingly similar" has been filed with the Patent and Trademark Office, sometimes I too use the power of protest.  Letters of Protest are one method available via the Patent and Trademark Office, for an existing applicant or registrant to let the PTO know that it is disturbed by the presence of a new application which may infringe on that applicant or registrant's prior rights.  Please contact me if you'd like me to further explain the Letter of Protest process, or file one on your behalf.