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Trademark Myth #3: Other countries/individuals will respect U.S. trademark rights

A United States trademark registration will not necessarily protect your trademark rights in another country.  Trademark registrants and applicants who do business internationally should diligently and appropriately protect their intellectual property overseas. International trademark owners who fail to do so subject themselves to intellectual property right violations. China is a hotbed of Intellectual property right violations.  ...

Denver Trademark Class: October 30, 2019

Tamara is teaming up with the small business experts at Herosmyth to present a trademark class to Denver business owners and entrepreneurs at the end of October. This class is a must for anyone interested in learning about trademark protection before diving in to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Process. You should register for this ...

Trademark Myth #6: Trademarks last forever

Some things last forever: strong and deep love, a Nalgene water bottle, radiation from nuclear waste, or memories (as long as you don't get dementia). People often wonder how long trademarks last. Others mistakenly believe that once registered, a USPTO registration lasts indefinitely. The idea that trademarks last forever exists ...

Trademark Myth #8: Anything can be trademarked

Companies often believe they can use any word or design as a trademark. This is partially true -- one could use anything for a trademark. However, it's a myth that all trademarks get equal protection. Trademark lawyers classify marks into "strong trademarks" and "weak trademarks." We think about protection and registration. ...

Trademark Search – Myth #9

As long a trademark search shows that there are no other pending applications or registrations with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the same mark in connection with the same goods or services, we’ll be ok! This is not necessarily true.  A full trademark search matters! Just because a word or design is not registered ...

Trademark Myth #10

Over the next few weeks, I'll summarize the top ten trademark myths.  People have false beliefs about a lot of things related to trademarks and how the Patent and Trademark Office works.  So let's get started... Myth #10: Anything can be trademarked!    ❌ False. . . Many believe that you can obtain a trademark registration for just ...

Benefits of Trademark Protection

People are sometimes on the fence as to whether to coast by with common law trademark rights or apply for State or Federal trademark protection.  As a trademark lawyer, of course I encourage them to register!  Several benefits of formal registration make it a more desirable way to protect a word or design that is used in connection ...