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What is TEAS Plus When Filing a Trademark Application?

In the past, we have talked about many different trademark topics.  When looking at trademarks themselves, we have discussed the difference between ® and TM.  After a trademark has been filed, we have written various blogs about office actions and how to respond to them, including, likelihood of confusions rejections in trademark applications, non-distinct office […]

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Big Trademark Win For Dot-Com Brand Names

New Supreme Court Ruling Is A Victory For Dot-Com. The US Supreme Court just ruled that ‘Booking.com’ can be federally trademarked.  The USPTO had rejected the mark ‘Booking.com’ as being a generic term for travel reservation with a simple dot-com attached at the end.  A generic trademark is a mark that has become generic and […]

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Why Can’t I Just Terminate My Lease?

Wanting out of your commercial lease does not mean you can get out. Needing to terminate a commercial lease comes up often, and especially now with the current situation in the world. The bottom line is, commercial leases are governed primarily and solely by the lease itself, unlike residential tenants who enjoy certain protections under […]

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What is an Advocate?

An Advocate is someone who works on behalf of another person.  People in need of advocates are usually members of a population that may have significant challenges or roadblocks to resources, understanding or navigation within the legal system.   Common Types of Populations That Benefit from Advocate Help: Children  Abuse victims Poor Disabled Victims of crimes […]

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Pay-if-paid vs. Pay-when-paid in Construction Contracts

What every subcontractor really needs to understand. One little word in a contract can make a big difference. Take for example the word “if” and the word “when”. If you are a subcontractor, your ability to get paid and when that payment will happen is dependent on whether the word “if” or the word “when” […]

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How to Handle a Reference Call On The Employee You Fired.

Consider the notion that no good deed or lapse in professionalism usually goes unpunished. Is there anything more dreaded for a business owner or manager than to have to put up with and eventually terminate a bad employee? Maybe. How about the uncomfortable reference check or inquiry regarding your old problematic employee? The situation gets […]

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L4SB Weighs in on NM Businesses Re-Opening During COVID-19

Larry Donahue shares best practices for businesses. ESPN Radio- http://www.1017theteam.com/ invited Larry Donahue back on on their program, Team Up New Mexico, to discuss the current business environment in New Mexico. Now that businesses have been given the “OK” for a gradual re-opening, business owners should consider best practices and learn about their options. You […]

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Frost Bank in San Antonio Encounters Patent Lawsuit

Frost Bank in San Antonio has been served recently with a patent infringement lawsuit by company Lupercal LLC. The lawsuit identifies Dallas as Lupercal’s place of business, yet there is no entity by that business name registered to do business in Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Lupercal LLC appears to be a […]

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™ vs. ® – What the heck do these two symbols even mean???

Next to most logos or brand names, you can find either a ™ or a ®.  Obviously, they must have some significance, but what is the difference between the two symbols? First and foremost, the ™ means that the mark is being used as a trademark to denote the source of the goods.  It should […]

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