Should You Register A Trademark Internationally?

While you may have trademark protection in the United States, you may not have it abroad. Protecting your trademark in the international market is important if you offer your products or services (service marks) in international forums. This helps protect and enforce your trademark in the international market place. After all, if you have worked […]

Top 3 Legal Danger Zones for Businesses Using Social Media

Over the years, social media has quickly taken the reign as one of the most utilized marketing tools of businesses, both large and small. Its efficiency and effectiveness, mixed with its low-cost, has caused many businesses to directly implement social media as not only a marketing tool, but as a tool to drive customer engagement.

Indeed, […]

How Non-Disclosure Agreements Save Businesses

When running a business it’s critical to understand what assets you have and how to protect those assets. An asset is anything of economic value owned or controlled by a person/organization. Whether you‘re a new business or an establish business developing a new concept, it’s vital to recognize that your idea is an asset that […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Business Branding: How Strong is Your Trademark?

For business owners, it’s very important to understand that not all trademarks are created equal. In my previous post I expressed that one of the factors taken into account when assessing trademark infringement is the “strength of the mark”.

The law has generated several classifications to identify the strength of any particular trademark being used in commerce. […]

By |November 28th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice, Trademarks|0 Comments

Trademark Infringement: What Victoria’s Secret’s Loss Should Teach Small Businesses

In 1984, three Irish brothers entered into the world of entrepreneurism when they created Thomas Pink Ltd., a luxury-clothing brand based in London. This UK-based company, selling both men and women’s clothing, expanded its brand and eventually became a part of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey). Today Thomas Pink has approximately 90 stores worldwide.

In 1977, […]

By |November 12th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice, Trademarks|0 Comments

Copyright, Trademark, Patent: Basics of Intellectual Property

Ok, we all know that intellectual property protection is good. We also know that we should usually choose some form of that protection to ensure our creative brain children are safeguarded, but how do we know which form is most appropriate or under what circumstances we should select that form?

Knowing the basics of intellectual property […]

By |November 1st, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice, Trademarks|0 Comments

Should You Register Your Trademark?

 

Recently, I was approached by an entrepreneur with a unique business concept. During the conversation, she asked about the process for federally trademarking her logo. Following the appropriate manner of branding she made sure that her logo did not infringe on any prior existing businesses’ intellectual property.

As she explained her short and long-term business goals it […]

By |October 5th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice, Trademarks|0 Comments

When Licensing Goes Wrong: How Business Owners Can Avoid The Accidental Franchise

It’s no secret that the best type of idea is the one that continuously pays you returns without having to do additional work. It’s also no secret that the advent and proliferation of the digital age has created one of the greatest climates for idea generation and product creation.

With the generation of a great idea […]

By |September 13th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Licensing Basics: How Entrepreneurs Can Create a Market Opportunity for their IP

The great author and influencer Napoleon Hill once stated, “Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.” Hill believed that with an idea, perseverance, and definiteness of purpose anything was possible.

So how does one monetize an idea to achieve fortune? Well that path has many routes… and many pitfalls. One particular route that is believed […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Why You Should Do A Trademark Search BEFORE Branding Your Business…

A long time ago a little known poet by the name of William Shakespeare wrote the lines:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Well, William, that’s a good question… What is in a name? If you’re a business owner, the short answer is “a lot”. […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Selling Advice, Trademarks|0 Comments