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Independently of the size of their business, owners must pay attention to the trademark basics. Many business owners dedicate efforts and money to branding, but without the trademark protection, others can steal the brand. Without careful research, your branding may be infringing on other’s property. Here are the Trademark Basics. Trademarks are identifiers of your company, product, or service. These identifiers can be a logo, a name, or a slogan. For example, when you buy… The post What to Know Now: Trademarks 101 appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Like so many others in this pandemic time, I’m seeking stories on Netflix. Last week I found “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” For those who do not know, Walter Mercado was iconic. He was a popular, flamboyant astrologer who entertained homemakers and grandmas on Hispanic TV. Since his show was broadcasted through UNIVISION, he was able to reach millions of Spanish speakers every day. His show was watched in the USA, Latin… The post How Walter Mercado Almost Lost His Trademarks and IP Forever appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will implement new fees in many of its services, including the filing of Trademarks. The new fees start on January 2nd, 2021. This means that you still have a window of opportunity to pay for trademarks at 2020 prices. “There have been several years without any increase in fees. The new fee increases are not a total surprise”, said trademark and business attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta. “The work of the trademark examiners is pretty in-depth, There are costs associated with their efforts”. “It is important to note that USPTO is the…
New monetary instruments such as Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are attracting investors. However, they are also fertile ground for frauds or scams. What are cryptocurrencies? Cryptocurrency is digital money. There is no physical thing representing it. It is mostly used to avoid banks and regulatory agencies. Cryptocurrencies do not have the same protection as the US dollar. Examples of cryptocurrencies are Bitcoins, Etherum, Litecoin, and others. In addition, these new instruments can be very volatile.… The post Cryptocurrency: Beware of Frauds and Scams appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
Filing the paperwork to start a business in the USA is relatively easy. Future business owners have a menu of options that includes LLCs, C-corps, etc. to consider. This is a painless process most of the time. However, business owners need to know the different obligations that regulatory agencies impose when creating a legal entity. Limited Liability Corporations or LLCs The easiest way to start a business is by creating a Limited Liability Corporation or… The post LLC or C-Corp. Which is the Best to Start a Business? appeared first on Legal Business Global.…
For many creators in the USA, defending their copyrights against violators on the internet is frustrating, especially from sites abroad. However, a USA appellate court ruled against copyright violators from Russia. Certainly, some countries do not defend copyrights or other forms of intellectual property as the USA does. So this may be an encouraging news for creators. On June 26, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion on the case UGM Recordings, Inc. v. Kurbanov. In this ruling, the Court held a Russian based internet site subject to personal Jurisdiction in the…
This time we are writing this blog about something close to home. The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the governing body for Arizona State University (ASU), issued a federal lawsuit against the owner of the social media account “asu_covid.parties”. This individual claimed to organize “COVID parties”. The lawsuit is also against the social media platform Facebook. The account was originally created in Instagram. Facebook is Instagram’s parent company. The account had 23 posts and 970 followers before it was removed. COVID Parties What is a COVID party? Some have reported young people organizing parties without social distancing and face masks.…
Martin McCaulay saw the future coming. He suspected that the NFL franchise “Washington Redskins” will eventually replace its trademark. In 2019, McCaulay filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dozens of trademarks applications the team may use to substitute the racially controversial name.  He filed for “Washington Pigskins,” “Washington Bravehearts”, “Washington Monuments,” and more. Offensive and racist brands are on their way out, even as the Supreme Court expanded the limits of free speech in trademark registrations.  We wrote a blog about this topic before. Companies are rebranding products such as Aunt Jemima and Land O