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Non-Substantive Trademark Office Actions

We discussed on our previous post what an Office Action is when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types of office actions you may encounter and how they can be overcome.  The simplest Office Action is one dealing with non-substantive issues, such as insufficient information […]

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Ask A Lawyer

Providing answers to real questions. Real life stories and real life answers; That’s what we look for when providing legal advice. Hypothetical situations are just that… hypothetical. We want to be able to point people in the right direction based on the situations they run in to on a daily basis. That’s why Slingshot started […]

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Stalker Survival and Owning a Business

How the Anonymous LLC allows for Business Owners to protect themselves from being a victim of harassment. There are many arguments that point to transparency in business ownership as a plus to the community at large. With lighting speed, information that once required the aid of a Private Detective to uncover is now just a […]

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Darth Vader and the Copyright Issues

Photograph by Mike, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license. Most Star Wars fans have now seen the Darth Vader video titled “Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past” on YouTube, created by Star Wars Theory.  Star Wars Theory is a popular Star Wars-focused YouTube channel that typically generates revenue from ads.  However, prior to the […]

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Trademark Office Action Confusion

We discussed in a previous post what an Office Action is when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types of office actions you may encounter and how they can be overcome. A more difficult, and sometimes impossible, Office Action to overcome is is one dealing […]

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Coexistence Agreements for Trademarks

A rejection received for many trademarks filed with the USPTO is likelihood of confusion, meaning the applied-for mark is confusingly similar to a registered mark. Overcoming a likelihood of rejection is done by arguing and analyzing the DuPont factors , and sometimes, a coexistence agreement may be helpful in overcoming the rejection as part of […]

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Contract Tip: What is a Counterpart Clause?

Boilerplate contract terms are often overlooked, and in some cases, this can be dangerous. A counterpart clause is one such oft overlooked contract term. While I would hesitate to classify it as “dangerous,” understanding what the clause means and does is helpful in understanding your duties and obligations under the contract. The Counterpart Clause To […]

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Available Now! The Business Entity Decision Maker

LLCs, Anonymous LLCs, C Corps, S Corp, Sole Proprietor….  Could you use a little guidance? What IS the best structure for my business? There are many choices when it comes to how to setup your business.  As you might expect, every choice comes with certain rules and ramifications that will not only determine how your […]

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What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright?”

A lot of us have heard of a “poor man’s copyright” where you simply mail yourself something you want to have copyrighted. You then do not open the envelope and it is sealed with your copyrighted material, dated with the USPS stamp. But is that a real thing? Know the facts First and foremost, in […]

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) is a term that includes property that essentially comes from the mind, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and, to a lesser extent, trade secrets. It is vital to understand the difference between the types of IP in order to determine what you and your business needs. Simply put, you copyright your expression of […]

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