Are you an Amazon or Etsy seller frustrated by trademark bullies and bogus IP infringement claims? Are you an entrepreneur or legal assistant looking for trademark Letter of Protest samples? I made this list for you! But first, the overview:
You’ll get the best version of my story in Messy Diapers: Why I Fight Frivolous Trademarks.
The shortest summary of the many issues surrounding frivolous trademarks is in my epic poem, At The Beach: A Cautionary Trademark Tale. Reckon Chaucer wasn’t a total waste of time after all.
The list below includes the most important posts for
- helping creatives avoid IP infringement
- guiding trademark Letter of Protest best practices
- promoting trademark system reform
The post titles should make it fairly obvious which type of post it is.
Discover two reasons the eight varieties of LIFEGUARD trademarks should all be canceled.
Here are two lists of trademark applications to use for viewing trademark Letter of Protest samples. Each of these applications was refused for registration after somebody as smart as YOU submitted a trademark Letter of Protest
Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much. Helen Keller About a year into my “fighting questionable trademarks” journey, I left the group I’d joined to pursue personal projects and to avoid any appearance of favoritism. But that doesn’t mean I’m against groups! It only means…
A revamped version of a post from 2018. IP Infringement Claim Response Have you received an email from the owner of a registered trademark telling you to remove your design? (Note: If the IP notice comes from the applicant for a new trademark, it’s probably best to respond with something…
It’s time for Merch and Etsy sellers to own the mess caused by questionable trademarks. Building a real business comes with real responsibilities.
Last week I went to a webinar on how to become a “mugpreneur” — it was great at casting vision and showing the possibilities of print on demand. What it lacked was a clear understanding of how IP law applies: Just because you coined a short expression to print on…
Here are the guidelines I use and recommend when deciding whether it’s worth my time to file a Letter of Protest against a frivolous trademark.
To clean up the frivolous trademark mess at Amazon and Etsy, we need to start with a basic understanding of trademarks and copyrights.
Are you an Amazon or Etsy seller frustrated by trademark bullies and bogus IP infringement claims? Are you an entrepreneur or legal assistant looking for trademark Letter of Protest samples? I made this list for you!
Here are 10 facts every entrepreneur should know about the Letter of Protest system and the fight against questionable trademarks.
Hey, class, let’s pretend we’re filing a Letter of Protest for a phrase that fails to function! “SAY WHAAAA???!!!” Relax, sweetie, this won’t hurt, I promise. Let’s back up and talk about the Legal Basis for your Letter of Protest. The Secret Legal Basis When I first tried to file…
This post contains “best practice guidelines” for submitting a trademark Letter of Protest to support a refusal. Pat Protester worked directly with USPTO to develop the trademark Letter of Protest evidence guidelines in this post. (Dave Cadoff has an excellent post on How to File Letters of Protest Against Frivolous…
As the Lord would have it, within a day or so of my conversation with Joe, my friend Rhonda shared with me FOUR new frivolous applications in IC 035 (online retail services) I could use to test out my understanding of Joe’s explanations. This is one of those four.
Do you remove active hyperlinks from PDFs before you upload USPTO Letter of Protest evidence? You should! Here’s how to do it.
When filing a Letter of Protest against a trademark application to register a Bible verse or other religious quotation as a trademark, here’s what you need to know: Legal Basis: “Failure to Function – Religious Text, See TMEP 1202.04(c)” Evidence: It’s not enough to tell USPTO the verse reference. They…
Here’s my collection of essential links for creatives. Learn the basics of IP in an afternoon and about the trademark Letter of Protest.
The Letter of Protest is an imperfect, much-maligned, yet incredibly useful procedure. Here’s proof that protests are key to valid trademark registrations.
Here’s the letter I sent explaining why it would be wrong for USPTO to charge a fee of any kind for filing a Letter of Protest.
USPTO randomly audits registrations. Here are three takeaways to ensure your trademark passes.
Here’s my copy of USPTO’s supplemental trademark examination guide: Examination Guide 2-17 Merely Informational Matter July 2017.