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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 contained in the mark. Assuming there are no other outstanding issues, simply agreeing to the disclaimer will allow your mark to proceed to publication. But […]

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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 qualify for the principal register. Ideally you will be on the principal register, but sometimes, you are asked to be on the supplemental register. You […]

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Why is there Tissue Paper in Law Office Conference Rooms?

Have you ever wondered why almost all law firm conference rooms have tissue paper centered in the middle of the conference room table? Our conference room is not too different from the one pictured (although our conference room is a bit higher-end).In a lawyers’ office, however, the tissue paper isn’t there to erase dry marker […]

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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 registration on the principal register on account of its nature unless it— (a) Consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which […]

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Cyber Holiday Sale All Week Long!

It’s Not Too Late to Save! Our Cyber Holiday Sale continues all week long! Now is your chance to give your business, (and yourself) a gift that will keep on giving. Form a company Move a company to a different state Consult with an Attorney File a trademark Have a contract reviewed by an Attorney….and […]

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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. While the USPTO is responsible for assessing and registering trademarks. They have no responsibility to enforce any of the trademarks they have registered. What this […]

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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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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 Intellectual Property. Whether it be websites, trademarks, music or other intellectual property, this step-by-step guide will help ensure business owners know how to trademark and […]

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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.  Trademark law helps your business distinguish itself from the competition and prevents others from confusing your customers.   If you plan to expand your business or […]

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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 trademark is usually a good idea if you are selling and advertising your beer/brewery in more than one state, this abundance of breweries results in […]

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