Make your own choices about what will happen to your property should something unexpected happen to you. Creating an estate plan is essential to ensure that you direct what happens to your care and your estate, rather than allowing the state to make determinations about your property in the absence of your own wealth plan. … Continue reading PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
You have spent significant time building your business; don't let the name and face of your business go unprotected by failing to register your trademark and tradename. Filing your company trademark with your state is a fairly simple process in most cases, whereas filing your trademark federally with the USPTO is more involved. We are … Continue reading PROTECT YOUR BRAND
More than ever before, tradenames and trademarks are your business identity in the global market. Your business name ensures that potential investors and clients are choosing a product of quality; your product! Choosing a tradename is thoughtful process that helps reflect your vision for the product/service, and your commitment to maintaining quality. We welcome international … Continue reading PURSUE GROWTH
Sorting through the implications of the UK exit of their membership to the European Union (EU), has been especially concerning for those with Intellectual Property ownership rights under EU laws. What does Brexit mean for EU Trademark owners, and how does Brexit affect Trademark applicants now? Trademark registration concerns will depend on whether a Trademark … Continue reading What Does Brexit mean for Trademark Owners?
The most recent addition to intellectual property federal law, the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020, will directly affect Trademark owners and applicants. The USPTO is acutely aware of the rise in recent years of Trademark applications in general, and has noted the increase in spurious Trademark applications by applicant entities that are false, or difficult … Continue reading What You Need to Know About The Trademark Modernization Act
What is Liability by Trademark Dilution? One of the strongest reasons to research your potential Trademark name is to avoid the possibility of trademark litigation by way of Trademark Dilution. Trademark Courts are primarily concerned with whether a trademark name causes the public to be confused as to the source of the goods. When the … Continue reading Make Sure Your Brand Name Isn’t a Liability
Why Does Research Matter? One of the most common misperceptions regarding Trademarks is that anyone can obtain any Trademark name, logo, or phrase. This may seem to be the case especially as State Trademark Filing is usually a simple process that may not involve an extensive tradename and category search like the Federal registration process. … Continue reading Mistakes Trademark Owners Make: Failure to Research the Trademark
Obtaining a certificate of Trademark Registration may seem like the final step in earning the rights to a Trademark, yet owners should be aware of potential assumptions that can be costly. The responsibilities of owning a trademark include: Showing that TM is being used in association with the sale of a good/service. Demonstrating that the … Continue reading Avoid Making This Mistake as a Trademark Owner
Ensuring that a loved-one's wishes can be honored by a Will involves ensuring that the Will meets certain requirements and stands the best chance of being affirmed as a valid Will by the Probate Court. Knowing which type of Will to use is the best starting place. Holographic Will: A handwritten will. While this type … Continue reading Understanding the Validity of a Will
Finding oneself as a designated Personal Representative by a loved one’s Last Will & Testament can be an unanticipated discovery. Though it is a good practice to discuss these matters with loved ones before naming them in a Will, those conversations do not always occur in time to prepare the person named in the Will. … Continue reading What Is The Role of a Personal Representative in a Probate Case?
Implementing the Last Will and Testament of a loved one after they have passed away can bring about a host of questions, and unexpected steps. This post provides a very basic guide to the Probate process, however, we highly recommend speaking to an estate planning lawyer as each probate matter is truly unique. What is … Continue reading What Is The Probate Process?
In a society where both new and long-standing brand names and products are available, consumers are accustomed to seeing the tiny symbols used in to the upper-right of a product name to indicate a protected name, logo, or tagline, and yet it can be unclear as to what each of the marks truly indicate. ® … Continue reading Minuscule Symbols With a Sizable Message
Why are Trademarks Valuable? Your Trademark is the brand identity of your business, products, and services. Your customers begin to associate your Trademark with the level of quality you offer to your customers, and the reputation you have worked steadily to build. Though at Behrends Legal, we recommend filing for a Trademark as early as … Continue reading Should Your Trademark Have a Price Tag?