Design Patents – Year in Review

Companies continue to see the value of design patents.  Nike, Inc. is ranked 5th in the United States in the number of design patents granted to it in 2016, with a total of 275 issued design patents.  Number one on the list is Samsung, with 1,629 issued design patents, above Apple Inc. with 433 issued design… Continue reading Design Patents – Year in Review

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