Trademark Pro Design Search App

Trademark Pro became a design trademark search app at the 2018 Global Legal Hackathon. The team formed at the Toronto location of the Global Legal Hackathon at Denton’s law offices. Trademark Pro’s video entry for round two of the Global Legal Hackathon:   David Michaels, Brand Consultant T-shaped Professional: Has deep knowledge in trademarks with broad education and […]

Trademark Search Tools

A survey of trademark lawyers shows that their favorite trademark search tools are: uspto.gov/Trademark Search Manual/straightforward searches on TESS Reason: To save money Nuans Trademark Search Pro: A comprehensive Canadian trademark search showing images, goods and services, and owners. At $50 per search, it is very affordable. Turnaround time is usually under a couple of […]

What is a Trademark?

The 1946 Lanham Act defines a trademark under the term “trade-mark.” A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device or any combination thereof adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant to identify his goods and distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. Today, a mark is considered a trademark in many jurisdictions if it […]

Trademark Symbol

Businesses use a trademark symbol next to their marks to indicate that they claim rights in a trademark. What is the trademark symbol? Businesses use the following trademark symbols as a superscript to the right of their trademark: TM, SM and ® The TM symbol stands for “trademark.” It is used to alert the public about […]

How to trademark a band name

It is important to trademark a band name either before a band starts playing in venues or soon afterward. Often a band will break up at the beginning and one or more band members will try to claim ownership to the band’s name. And domain name squatters may register a bandname.com as soon as a […]

Trademark Specimen

What is a Trademark Specimen A trademark specimen is a photo or a screenshot showing how you actually use a trademark in commerce in connection with your goods and services, to indicate the source or owner of the trademark. For example, if you have applied for goods, you’ll want to submit a picture of your trademark […]

Can a Messenger Wear a Superhero Costume?

There was a messenger business in New York city that thought that it would be cool to have its messengers wear superhero costumes. It got cease and desist letters real quick. Then it got sued by Marvel and DC Comics for trademark infringement and copyright infringement. The business folded soon thereafter.   These points of […]

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