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What is the Supplemental Trademark Register, and how does it differ from the Principal Register? Officially called the “Supplemental Register,” it is one of two United States federal trademark registers. On the other hand, the other register at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Principal Register. This article will compare each register, and explain the usefulness of each. Table of Contents What is a Supplemental Register Trademark? Supplemental vs Principal Register
Home » Blog A Section 1(b) Intent-to-Use trademark application means that a person or legal entity has a “bona fide” intent to use the trademark “in commerce” in the near future. File an Intent-to-Use trademark application if you: (1) are not using your trademark in commerce; (2) are concerned about someone taking your mark; or (3) meet all three of the clearly defined Intent-to-Use requirements discussed below. Table of Contents I. The Two
Home » Blog If you receive notice that your trademark application is “dead” or “abandoned”, you must act quickly. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires a Petition to Revive within two months (or sixty days) of abandonment. Below, I explain the top reasons for abandonment, and what is necessary to revive an abandoned trademark. A bit creepy for a trademark blog post! Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Table of Contents I. Why
Home » Blog In 2021, the trademark process timeline can take between twelve to eighteen months from trademark filing to registration. Fortunately, if you start early, you can stay ahead of the curve as applications filed during the Pandemic wind down. Below, I have provided a bird’ eye view of the timeline, so let’s see the big picture.   A. Trademark Process Timeline   As of writing in 2021, the minimum process time is now…
Home > Syed Law Blog Currently, the cost to trademark a name is $250 per class as of 2021. However, if a custom description is necessary, the cost to trademark a business name is now $350 for each class. Application Type Is a Custom Description Necessary? Your Cost Per Class TEAS Plus No $250 TEAS Standard Yes $350 (only for classes that require a custom description) Here is a quick overview showing how much it…
Home » Blog Currently, the cost to trademark a name is $250 per class as of 2021. However, if a custom description is necessary, the cost to trademark a business name is now $350 for each class. Application Type Is a Custom Description Necessary? Your Cost Per Class TEAS Plus No $250 TEAS Standard Yes $350 (only for classes that require a custom description) Here is a quick overview showing how much it will cost…
If you’ve started your trademark application you’ve likely come across two options: “TEAS Plus” vs “TEAS Standard” and asked to pick between the two. You understand trademark basics, and you completed a conflict check search for your trademark. Choosing between the two is the difference between a $100 fee, an Office Action refusal, or potential trademark application rejection. Here, I pull back the curtain between the two applications and explain how using the Trademark…
            Maybe you were looking at Amazon Brand Registry or noticed a unique design for a brand on Shopify and wondered: “What do trademarks protect?” “How are trademarks different than copyrights or patents?” “How do I get a trademark?” Here, I explain exactly what trademarks are. I. What are Trademarks and What Do They Protect?: The Definition of a Trademark What do trademarks protect? The definition of a “trademark” is:…
Defamation in performance reviews or internal workplace evaluations are not something employers normally consider. However, most employers assume such statements are subject to a qualified privilege exception. Of course, most employers are wise enough not to repeat defamatory comments about their former or current employees to outside parties. While some states do not extend defamation’s reach to performance reviews or internal documents citing “non-publication,” Illinois courts do. Elements of Illinois Defamation of Character Generally, to…
I. Introduction to Adverse Possession You may have heard the term “good fences make good neighbors.” The doctrine of adverse possession, is alive and well in Illinois and punishes landowners who neglect their boundaries. Adverse possession is a legal doctrine under which a person who does not have legal title to a piece of real property acquires legal ownership based on continuous possession or occupation of the property inconsistent with its true owner. This may…