Which symbol do I use for my trademark?

™? ®? ℠? ©? Ever wonder what all those brand name symbols mean? Here is the simple lowdown. The ® indicates that a trademark is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It should only be used after you have received confirmation from the USPTO that your mark has been registered. TheContinue reading “Which symbol do I use for my trademark?”

Think your DMCA designated agent is set? Think again.

Many businesses strive for an interactive website, but interactivity brings with it the risk that someone else’s posting will create legal risk. Fortunately, a number of laws help shield the website operator from risk, most important among them the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) The DMCA, or more specifically the DMCA “notice and takedown” procedure,Continue reading “Think your DMCA designated agent is set? Think again.”

Protecting and Maintaining Your Trademark Registration

The battle to protect your trademark does not end with federal trademark registration. Once registered, you have to be vigilant about protecting the trademark from misuse, or risk losing the trademark’s protected status. The better the brand name, the easier it will be to protect it from improper use by others. Protection begins with yourContinue reading “Protecting and Maintaining Your Trademark Registration”