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Trademark Monitoring: A Critical Step in Your Brand Protection Strategy

A few years ago we were approached by an online nutraceutical company to assist them in the enforcement of their trademarked product lines.  The company came to us after a prolonged period of watching their monthly sales decline and finally suspecting that one of their competitors was somehow stealing some of their customers.  More specifically, over […]

3 Simple Steps to Use Your Copyrights and Trademarks to Block Infringing Goods from Entering the U.S.

Did you know you can use your federally registered copyrights and trademarks to block the importation of infringing goods from entering the U.S.?  In 2012 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) made 22,848 intellectual property rights seizures with a manufacturer’s suggested retail value of $1.26 billion.  Could this be affecting your business? Most intellectual […]

Brand Protection for Jewelers

Did you know that there are generally three areas of intellectual property law in the United States: Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks?  Did you know that 2 out of 3 of these areas of law can work to jewelers’ benefit to protect not only their brands but the individual designs of their jewelry? Many jewelers are […]

How to Analyze a Trademark Cease and Desist Letter Like a Pro

The mail comes and you notice a letter from a law firm you don’t recognize.  You open the letter hoping for the best but fearing the worst.  The letter begins “We represent the ABC Company in the protection of their intellectual property rights.  It has recently come to our client’s attention that you are using a trademark […]

3 Simple Steps to Avoiding IP Disputes

It happens all the time.  An entrepreneur starts a business, with the perfect name, brand, and domain. They set up a fan page on Facebook. Then they organize the entity, pouring time and resources into the project. And then, the unthinkable happens. A cease and desist letter arrives in the mailbox, demanding they stop what they’re […]

Trademark Enforcement for the Small Business

Trademarks serve to identify the source of your goods and services.  From time to time, however, others will seek to benefit from your hard work in developing your brand.  How?  They use a trademark that is confusingly similar to yours and then, borrowing on the good will you have built in your brand, begin to steal […]

Brand Protection for Artists

Did you know that the protection of artistic works in the United States is founded in our U.S. Constitution?  At the time the constitution was written our founding fathers recognized that artists should maintain rights in their works sufficient to inspire continued creativity without the fear that their works would be wrongfully misappropriated.  You can find this […]