Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion (Part 2)

In part one of this post, I outlined the ways to find a fanciful name for your business, one that is likely to be unique, unlikely to be confused…


Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion

 One of the most important steps a new business can take is to file their company or product name for trademark registration with the United States…


How to Strengthen your Chances of Registering a Trademark

When you see two golden arches that form the letter “m”, your mind probably jumps to McDonalds. That world-famous logo was successfully registered as…


U.S. Trademark Law & The Hashtag: #canthisviolatetrademarklaw?

In the past decade, with the advent of social media, companies have found a multitude of new avenues for reaching potential consumers. Instead of…


Domain Names and Trademarks: How to Get Your Website Name Sorted

  Turns out being John Malkovich isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. One of the first thing all new businesses do today is register a domain…


University Trademarks and Leveraging the Brand

Many student entrepreneurs want to use their university's brand as part of their product. It is a well-known fact that universities foster innovation…


How to Win the Name Game

Selecting a strong brand might be more difficult, yet more important, than you anticipate. What’s in a name? As Shakespeare once said, “That which we…


What’s in a Name? (According to the App Store)

Startups should confirm that their product name does not have any conflicts with other app names. Picking a product name may be one of the hardest…


Trademarks in National Parks

A looming trademark dispute involving our national parks illustrates the importance of clarifying trademark ownership. Photo by David Liff.  License…


Are Trademark Disputes Brewing in the Craft Beer Industry?

The craft beer industry may be ripe for trademark disputes due to the increasing number of breweries, limited number of beer-related puns, and large…