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Do I Need a Federal Trademark?

When determining whether you need a federal trademark for your business or product, there are a number of factors to consider.   Most importantly, consider what the trademark will actually provide...

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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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The Great Monkey Beer Trademark Dispute

Trademark disputes are common in the craft beer industry.  The abundance of craft beers all over the country results in similarly-named breweries and beers quite often.  While obtaining a federal...

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Likelihood of Confusion in Trademarks

For many businesses, brand name protection is one of their most important assets. Brands helps customers identify a particular business as the source of that business’s goods or services. And...

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Trademark Coexistence Agreements

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...

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The Importance of Naming Your Business Correctly

When starting a new business, there are so many issues to concern yourself. Forming a company. Registering with the city. Filing taxes. Obtaining insurance. Hiring people. Forming partners. Opening a...

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IHOP is Now IHOB: Can it Work for Me?

IHOP versus IHOb IHOP recently pulled off a major marketing gimmick with their name change to “IHOb.” The change has drawn criticism from many, but it certainly got people talking....

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Can you be sued for thanking your customers?

Intellectual Property Abuse Here at Law 4 Small Business, we love intellectual property.  We love helping businesses that develop and protect their ideas.  And we think that America’s intellectual property...