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The Trademark Battle of the Golden Chocolate Bunnies

Every Easter, chocolate bunnies of various shapes and sizes can be found in most grocery store. Some bunnies even sport a recognizable gold wrapper—including the Lindt gold bunny.  A German federal court recently ruled that Lindt & Spruengli’s gold bunny, specifically its golden shade of foil wrap, is a protected trademark. The verdict comes after […]

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Answering Demand Letters Regarding Your Website

As an attorney who deals with hi-tech cases, a few clients have expressed to me a situation that I feel any business owner who has a website should learn from.  The situation involves business owners that paid an independent contractor to build their websites. Unconcerned with where all the images came from, they never asked […]

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September 2019: Ask A Lawyer: Kameron Kramer

In our sixteenth installment of “Ask a Lawyer” we featured questions from Kameron Kramer. [Albuquerque Journal: ‘Ask a Lawyer’ Talks to Kameron Kramer] Read it here Question 1 QUESTION: My partner and I have talked about starting a food truck business for years. He’s ready to move forward with our concept, but I am concerned […]

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A Non-Substantive Trademark Office Action

On our previous post we discussed what a Trademark 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 […]

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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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The DuPont Factors and Trademarks

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. Likelihood of confusion is an Office Action that you can avoid by looking at […]

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Speaking with the Lawyers of Tomorrow

UNM Lawyer Panel

Recently I had great opportunity to speak with Law Students from the University of New Mexico School of Law.  I saw this as a great opportunity promote L4SB but also reach out to the lawyers of tomorrow and provide them useful information that I would have enjoyed during my time in law school.  Giving back […]

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Can non-US residents form an Anonymous LLC in the US?

We receive this question from many non-US residents interested in doing business in the US, but hoping for some level of anonymity. The answer to this question is the same whether interested in a “standard LLC” or an Anonymous LLC: Yes, non-US residents can own and form LLC’s in the US, whether anonymous or otherwise. […]

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The Art (and Work) of Branding

Back in July 2016, I published an article entitled Clever Business Names, after having a strong reaction to a business named “Curl Up & Dye”. Like that previous article, my adventures on the road brings me to touch on the concept of branding, and how that relates to naming and trademarks. Branding: What’s in a […]

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What is an Estate Plan?

In my years working as a Trust Officer, my clients would ask how often they needed to review and update their “estate plan”. For the wealthiest of that group, an estate plan could include a revocable trust, a Last Will and Testament, powers of attorney, a charitable trust, a family trust, a right to die […]

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