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Trademark registration and renewal are so tricky, even our President fails

Truth is, trademark registrations and renewals aren't really that tricky, if you know what you're doing.  However, it came to my attention recently that DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, INC. made a little mistake with respect to the organization's trademark.  The application for MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Serial No. 86/716,074) in connection with "All-purpose ...

#trademarks

According to CompuMark/Clarivate Analytics, the company I use for trademark screening, searching, and watching, applications for "hashtag trademarks" are on the rise. In 2016, individuals and companies filed an impressive 2,200 applications to give them the exclusive right to use particular hashtags in connection with their goods and services!  I definitely agree with CompuMark's conclusion that "more ...

Denver Patent and Trademark Office

The Rocky Mountain Regional Office office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") officially opened approximately three years ago in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in downtown Denver, Colorado.  This office was opened to serve the Rocky Mountain region, including Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.  Sadly, the office focuses ...

Trademarking your name

Normally, the technicalities of the trademark world do not collide with Hollywood happenings, but a recent application for registration has brought trademarks on individual names into the spotlight.  Our names define us as unique individuals.  Granted, most people don’t have a trademark registration protecting their name, but then again, most of us don’t have hordes ...

Do Trademark Lawyers Matter?

A few months ago, the Commissioner for Trademarks herself came to Denver visit with several Denver area trademark attorneys.  I was thrilled to be a part of this group, and to have the opportunity to glean some inside info about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The Commissioner spent the greater part of an hour ...

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 ...

Upcoming Seminar

Tamara has just confirmed that she will present a seminar on "“Trademarks: Branding Basics & Beyond” to the lawyers who are members of the Arapahoe County Bar Association during their upcoming Continuing Legal Education trip.  The group of attorneys will travel to New York, New York this May for several days of CLE seminars and ...

Creating the best trademark

New business owners always want to know how they can create the best trademarks.  A great trademark will have four elements: 1) It is "arbitrary and capricious."  Made-up words, like lululemon or Starbucks, make the strongest trademarks because they do not have any meaning in the English dictionary.  So, you'll never get a rejection from the Patent and ...

A boozy trademark dispute

Did anyone else catch 60 minutes on Sunday? They had a segment exploring the question of who owns the rights to "Havana Club" rum.  Will the increase in commerce between the U.S. and Cuba also open the door to an increased number of trademark disputes?