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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?

Contract, agreement, or document? All of the above!

Sometimes, clients come to me to beef up informal arrangements they have made for business ventures.  Often the parties are friends, and my client doesn't want to scare his or her friend/business partner with a lengthy legal document.  A client will sometimes request "just something showing our agreement, not a formal contract."  The truth is ...

Trademarks 102: Beyond Basics

[vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column width="1/2"] Last week, I had the opportunity to present a Continuing Legal Education seminar to other attorneys through myLaw CLE.  I talked for approximately 1.5 hours about "Trademarks 102: Beyond Basics," covering things that lawyers who don't typically practice intellectual property or trademark law should know about sending Read more Dude, wait. . . what? (Marijuana trademarks)   Last week, I ...