YourBrand™ or YourBrand® — The Difference Between Common Law and Federal Registration of Trademarks

As a trademark attorney, I can attest to the importance of having a federally registered trademark. However, even if you do not have federal registration, you may have common-law protection if you’ve been using a trademark in commerce. Federal registration is obtained by filing a trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The application will… Continue reading YourBrand™ or YourBrand® — The Difference Between Common Law and Federal Registration of Trademarks

Copyright Trolls Update

A previous article discussed how Getty Images, Inc. and other image licensing companies routinely send out demand letters claiming copyright infringement based on a one-time or accidental use of an image in a blog or other online forum.     If you are the recipient of such a letter, the first thing to check is… Continue reading Copyright Trolls Update