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Pro Surfers Should Trademark Their Names

Pro Surfers Should Trademark Their Names

Or: Kelly Slater Trademarked His Name and So Should You Surfers are notoriously easy going. Passion for the sport come before exploitation for monetary gain. But if you’re serious about a career in surfing, you need to be serious about protecting yourself. When you...
Q & A – Can I register an acronym as a trademark?

Q & A – Can I register an acronym as a trademark?

I often answer questions on Quora — I’ll be posting them on my site as a part of an ongoing Q&A to help you understand the basics of intellectual property. Q: Can acronyms get trademark protection? For example, “BMW” which stands for...

What is the trademark use requirement?

The trademark use requirement divides applications into two different types: “intent to use” and “actual use.” Whether you need to file an intent to use application or an actual use application depends on your “date of first use in commerce.” As with any legal...
What’s a valid trademark specimen?

What’s a valid trademark specimen?

Trademark Specimen – How To Do It Right (But Seriously, Talk To a Lawyer) It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so it’s high time I post yet another short blog entry that virtually no one will read! Let’s talk about trademark specimens....
So what are copyrights and trademarks?

So what are copyrights and trademarks?

Copyrights and trademarks are two entirely separate intellectual properties that are frequently confused. This post should help clear up what each one is and why each exists. Let’s start with copyrights. To grossly oversimplify, copyrights protect your creative...