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Podcast Trademark: How to Register a Podcast Name

Note – This blog post was co-authored by me and my friend and client, Kate Erickson of Entrepreneurs on Fire. The post originally appeared on their blog here. I’ve written about some of these topics before, but not in this level of depth, so I thought it was worth sharing here. Enjoy! Podcast Trademark: How to Register a Podcast Name One of the most important decisions a new podcaster makes is what to name their podcast. Along with the multiple tasks and to-do’s you’re already considering as you dive into your podcasting journey, there are a lot of boxes to…

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Trademark Office Announces Expedited Service for COVID-19 Products and Services

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a program to expedite service for trademark applications related to certain COVID-19 products and services. How Does It Work? As my regular readers will know, most trademark applications fall into the same queue and only in very specific circumstances can a trademark’s examination by the USPTO be expedited. However, today’s press release by the USPTO states that “in view of the critical need to develop medical products and services to combat the COVID-19 virus and move successful products to market as soon as possible,” they will accept petitions to move…

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Liability Considerations for Reopening Businesses

As I write this blog post, many states in the U.S. are in the process of partially reopening their economies while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Business owners who have taken a financial hit due to the shutdown need to also be thinking about liability when they reopen. If you own a business, one of your worst fears right now is finding out that one of your customers, clients, or employees came down with COVID-19 at your workplace. This is true if your business is a brick-and-mortar or if you or your team has any kind of face to face…

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Supreme Court Rules Willfulness Not Required for Award of Profits in Trademark Cases

A recent Supreme Court case just made trademarks much more valuable – and substantially increased the penalties for trademark infringement, even if the infringing party didn’t intend to rip off the trademark. Let’s say you discover that someone has infringed on your trademark. You bring the case to court and you prove that there was an infringement. You’ve spent a lot of time and money pursuing this case, and now you want to recover the profits that the infringer realized from their actions. What do you have to prove in order to be awarded those profits? More specifically: do you…

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