Copyrights & Trademarks

SaltYou know you’ve chuckled at a few of them–the  ubiquitous internet meme.  But, have you ever wondered whether all this sharing, changing and going “viral” is legal.

Protecting or commercializing your meme

If you create or are the subject of a meme, it can be difficult to commercialize it or protect it. There are generally

What do I need to do to protect my mark after it is registered?

Unlike copyrights and patents, trademarks can last forever if you take the right steps. Once properly registered, you will have to file your first Declaration of Continued Use between the 5th and 6th anniversary date of your filing. Your next

What Happens After My Application is Filed?

After your application is filed, you should receive an email from the USPTO confirming the submission. In a few business days, the USPTO will confirm the application has the necessary information to be considered. On average, it is then taking about two to three months for an application

Common Questions During the Application Process

Have you used your mark in commerce and what is the impact of that?

If you are already selling your product or service with the mark on it, you are “using” your mark in commerce. As a result, you will need to provide proof that you are already

Do I trademark my name, my logo or both?

You can register just your name, your logo, or you can do both. The logo and the name constitute two separate trademark registrations and would require two separate payments to the USPTO of $275.

If you need to choose, then, generally speaking, companies start with trademarking

Guest Post: Gray Reed intellectual property attorney David Lisch provides this two part Lisch_111x105series on Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups. Part one focused on trademarks and entity formation. This part focuses on patent law.

Patent Protection

A patent protects “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any

Lisch_111x105Guest Post: Gray Reed intellectual property attorney David Lisch provides this two part series on Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups. Part one focuses on trademarks and entity formation

Trademarks

At one point or another, all companies will be faced with the decision if, and how much, to invest in intellectual property protection. Let’s