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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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™ vs. ® – The difference between them.

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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What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright?”

A lot of us have heard of a “poor man’s copyright” where you simply mail yourself something you want to have copyrighted. You then do not open the envelope and it is sealed with your copyrighted material, dated with the USPS stamp. But is that a real thing? Know the facts about a “Poor Man’s […]

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USPTO Lowering Trademark Registration Fees on Jan-17!

This is a reminder to everyone who is considering filing a trademark … The United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is lowering the fees associated with trademark filings by $50/class code, starting January 17, 2015. The normal rate for a TEAS Plus (electronic) filing is $275 (per class code), and that price will drop […]

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