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Don’t Leave Yourself Exposed with a Naked Trademark License

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Clothing your trademark license with certain contractual provisions can possibly cover an otherwise uncomfortably bare exposure. An owner of a trademark has a duty to ensure the consistency of its trademarks, as well as the good(s) and/or…

Walter | Haverfield Expands its Intellectual Property Team

Committed to its mission of providing superior service to a wide range of clients, Walter | Haverfield is pleased to welcome Dave Grillo to its Intellectual Property team. As a registered patent attorney, Dave has extensive experience…

The Business of Patents

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Why would someone, or some business, want to file for or ultimately obtain a patent? The short answer is that there are many different answers and reasonings, and inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses should make a balanced assessment on an…

Brand Names: Don't Be the Next Unicorn Frappuccino

  Walter | Haverfield attorney Kevin Soucek advises companies to do their due diligence before introducing a brand name in the marketplace. Soucek’s article appeared in “Mind Your Business,” an e-newsletter for small business…

Trademarks and Service Marks – Can they be registered if functional?

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  There are many nuances and specific factors that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers when deciding if a trademark (which indicates the source of the goods or services) is a candidate for registration. Before…

Is this the end of the bar against registrability for scandalous and immoral trademarks?

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  On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) struck down the portion of the Lanham Act (aka the Trademark Act) which prevented immoral or scandalous trademarks from being registered with the United…

Questionably Offensive Trademarks Cleared for U.S. Registration

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Court decision clears registration path for "questionably offensive" trademarks; could possibly negate challenges to use of Chief Wahoo logo By Jamie Pingor and Kevin Soucek. “Questionably Offensive Trademarks Cleared for U.S. Registration,”…

Protect your creative assets - here and abroad

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In an article published by Crain's Cleveland Business on February 18, 2017 and titled, "Protect your creative assets - here and abroad," D. Peter Hochberg maintained that, unless a company's creative assets are protected with registered trademarks,…

Protecting Trademarks in the U.S. and Abroad - Registration is easy and inexpensive; provides numerous benefits

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If your business has a trademark but hasn't registered it, one of your most valuable assets could be at risk. A key challenge is that many businesses that use trademarks are not even aware that they can and should be registered. A trademark…