Here’s my copy of USPTO’s supplemental trademark examination guide: Examination Guide 2-17 Merely Informational Matter July 2017.
In this post, you’ll learn why a homeschool mom of six got involved in the fight against questionable trademarks. Stopping them will take more than protests.
There are three main sources of questionable trademarks: trademark trolls, victimized competitors, and misinformed creatives.
This series examines why so many bad trademarks are registered, how it affects the print-on-demand industry, and what you can do to help.
This post offers a strategy that expands on USPTO’s efforts to curb questionable trademarks in the print-on-demand industry.
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
“Make America Grateful Again” is a registered trademark for hats and T-shirts (SN87587829). As if a typical consumer seeing products bearing this “mark” (decorating shirts in large print across the center of the chest) would be gullible enough to think it’s a “brand” and not a satirical political slogan. Please. TM applications for “grateful” and … Read more
It’s time for Merch and Etsy sellers to own the mess caused by questionable trademarks. Building a real business comes with real responsibilities.
Frivolous trademarks are applications or registrations which may be used to control the use of phrases and bully the competition.
Here’s a sickening tale of how one “IP entrepreneur” shamelessly used his “stealth” trademark as a cash cow until the Seventh Circuit Court stopped him. In a nutshell, the owner of the STEALTH trademark sued anyone under the sun for the rights to use the term on their products, even though his 33 registrations were … Read more