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The European Parliament Approves Copyright Directive

After years of back and forth, the European Parliament, finally approved Directive 2016/0280 (COD) on Copyright in the Digital Single Market with 438 votes for and 226 against. The directive aims to ‘’reduce the differences in national copyright law regimes and allow for greater online access of copyrighted materials across the European Union.’’ The development of digital technology has significantly disrupted the way intellectual property and other protected subject matter are created, ...

Mistakes You Can't Afford With Your Business Trademark

So, you've finally come up with the perfect name for your company. However, this doesn't mean you can just start using it without filing for a business trademark first. Not only will this help you to avoid the potentially enormous expense of a lawsuit, but it will also help to protect your intellectual property.  In fact, your business trademark can often end up becoming one of the most valuable parts of your company. No one, not even celebrities, is immune from the numero...

How to Do A Trademark Search

So you're finally going to take the leap and start that business you've been dreaming of. Great!You have selected the perfect name for your product, but before you start using it, you will need to secure a trademark to protect your name. There are a few other steps to take. Read on to find out how to do a trademark search, and other important information about trademarks. What You Need to Know About How to Do A Trademark SearchWhat Is A Trademark?First, you should understand exactly...

5 Common Legal Business Mistakes to Avoid

There are several legal issues to consider when running a small to medium size business. Discover the 5 common legal business mistakes to avoid here.Business owners are busy. You're trying to keep multiple balls in the air each day, and you're probably thinking about ways to grow your business. But if you're making one of these legal business mistakes, you could be in trouble. Don't Make These Business MistakesWe all make mistakes. But when it comes to the legalities of business, you sim...

Do I Need a Trademark? 10 Things You Should Know

You may be asking yourself do I need a trademark? We've got your know all guide so you can get the answers you need to know. Read on to learn more. Whether you’re starting a business, expanding your product line, or rebranding, it’s important to ask yourself — do I need a trademark for my business? There are a lot of factors to consider. As with any other intellectual property matter, it’s always good to check off all the boxes before going through the process or deciding it’s not n...

Can I Get An American Trademark If I'm Not From The U.S.?

 There are many certainly many questions which come into your when you are planning to register your trademark worldwide. One of them can be: Can I get an American trademark if I am not an American citizen? Read this article to find out.If you are a business owner from outside the U.S., but you are doing business there or planning to do, you're in competition with U.S. companies, and therefore, you should register your trademark as well as your logo, slogan or design you are using in the...

Trademark Protection on Social Media

The world of social media has encouraged people to share ideas and inspire each other. Here's what you need to know about  Social media has become a huge and important part of business in today's world. With 1.65 billion active social media accounts, this isn't surprising. How can you make your business, product, or service stand out among the millions of others on social media? How can you protect your business online? Trademarks are a great way to help your business...

What is the Trademark Madrid System?

 The Madrid System for multinational trademark applications aims at facilitating the process of trademark registration in a large number of countries. It is governed by the Madrid Protocol, a treaty signed by multiple members, and allows a trademark holder to request the extension of a single trademark application or registration made in one member country to any number of other member countries.If you need personalized assistance please visit Madrid System or use the contact us bel...

Checking up on Your Trademark Status in the USA

Have you recently submitted a trademark? If so, then make sure you regularly monitor your application upon filing for status updates. If an examining attorney sends an Office action in regard to your application, then you have about 6 months from the mailing date of said action to respond. If you fail to do so, then your application will be declared abandoned. Depending on how much money, time, and effort you spent on your trademark application, this can be a huge loss for you ...

Does Logo Registration Differ From Name Registration?

If you're a small to medium-sized business, navigating trademark and patent law can be confusing, to say the least. Each country has different laws for common law protection and registration guidelines. You want to protect your brand and your business without creating unnecessary costs. You may have a logo and a company name that you would like to protect.  But does logo registration differ from name registration? Do you need to complete one or both?  There are i...