Here’s my collection of essential links for creatives. Learn the basics of IP in an afternoon and about the trademark Letter of Protest.
USPTO randomly audits registrations. Here are three takeaways to ensure your trademark passes.
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 a T-shirt or coffee mug … Read more
What do you get when you cross unlimited slogans with misguided creatives and give everybody loopholes? An endless parade of faulty trademark registrations.
What’s behind the rise in trademark applications? Some blame China, but I think there’s more to it. And why and how are so many questionable trademarks registered? At the heart of it, trademarks should protect consumers from counterfeit products; instead, trademark trolling and questionable trademarks limit competition and innovation. Why are so many questionable applications … Read more
GIRLBOSS’s attorney raises some interesting points to overcome USPTO’s initial “failure to function” refusal. I’m curious how USPTO will rule on this.
Trademark trolling means using one’s trademark registration to limit competition. Not all frivolous trademark owners are trademark trolls.
USPTO expects you to let them know if a registration will negatively impact your business. That’s why the Letter of Protest system is free.
It’s time for Merch and Etsy sellers to own the mess caused by questionable trademarks. Building a real business comes with real responsibilities.
To clean up the frivolous trademark mess at Amazon and Etsy, we need to start with a basic understanding of trademarks and copyrights.