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What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

Oftentimes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will issue an office action after you have filed your trademark requiring a disclaimer for one or more of the words...

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What is the Supplemental Register for Trademarks?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two registers for trademarks: supplemental and principal. The supplemental register is reserved for descriptive, surname, and geographical marks that do not...

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Patent Basics

Patents grant the intellectual property rights of inventions to their inventors. Patents protect inventors from having other entities use and produce their inventions without their consent. Patents are extremely common,...

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Prior Art Search for your Patent

The first step for anyone with an invention or idea is to perform a prior art search and analysis in order to determine whether or not it’s already been done...

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What is a Work For Hire?

You may have encountered the language “work for hire” in a contract before. If you are a provider of services such as website design, graphic design, photography, branding, etc., then...

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The Basics of Copyrights

Copyrights protect the expression of ideas, as compared to trademarks that protect words or logos that are used to distinguish goods and patents that are used to protect inventions.  Copyrights...

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Can I Register a Disparaging Trademark?

The Lanham Act (the federal statute that governs trademarks) states: No trademark by which the goods of the applicant may be distinguished from the goods of others shall be refused...

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Got a Trademark? Let Us Monitor It For You!

L4SB is proud to present Trademark Monitoring Services The battle to get a trademark is not an easy one. That is why it is essential you protect your trademark investment....

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Beware of Intellectual Property Pirates!

Aye!  They took ye ideas and stole them!  Now what?   Watch Attorney Larry Donahue lead business owners through the steps that will help them identify when someone has stolen their...

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Trademarks: What Are They and How Can I Get One?

By registering your trademark, you will enhance the legal protections afforded to your brand.  It ensures the public knows the proper and accurate source for your business’s products or services. ...