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Year-End Legal Checklist

As another year comes to an end, there are always business law matters that demand your attention. The to-do list will vary based on the needs of your specific business, but here are some items that tend to apply to most businesses as the calendar turns over to a new year. And of course, we’re here to help with any of these matters. Annual Compliance If you’ve registered to do business as a legal business entity, such as an LLC, a corporation, a Limited Partnership, or a nonprofit organization, be sure to review your annual compliance obligations. Many business types…

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When Should You Hire a Trademark Attorney?

When should you hire a trademark attorney? Before you go public with your brand name. Before your product goes to market. Before you hire someone to design your logo. Before you spend money on your perfect domain name. Before you manufacture products and packaging. Before it’s too late!

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What is the Supplemental Register of Trademarks?

When you apply to register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in almost all cases you’ll be applying to have the mark placed on the Principal Register of Trademarks. This will give you all of the rights one associates with a trademark registration. However, in some cases, the mark is not eligible for placement on the Principal Register, but it is eligible for placement on the USPTO’s Supplemental Register. What does that actually mean? Which Trademarks Are Not Eligible for Registration on the Principal Register? A mark that can’t be placed on the Principal Register, but…

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Should You Register Your Logo With the Copyright Office?

This is Part 3 of a series of blog posts about logos. Here are Part 1, “Who Owns Your Logo?” and Part 2, “Should You Register Your Logo As a Trademark?” So, to summarize, you own your logo, and you’ve considered whether to register it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The final step is to decide whether you should register the logo with the U.S. Copyright Office. [If you want to skip to the bottom line: the cost to register your logo with the Copyright Office is low, and the benefits can be huge. You should probably…

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