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Recent chatter on the excellent e-trademarks Listserve® has indicated that several trademark attorneys and law firms have been approached in apparent scams attempting to transfer them large amounts of settlement funds from unknown persons seeking to be their clients. These efforts are elaborate and well done – they may even including a signed settlement agreement attached. They likely work much like other financial scams, where the money appears to be transferred, the recipient then issues a check to the “client” and then the transferred money is withdrawn or disappears or is invalidated by the banks. Or they gain your bank account information and use it for other transactions or purposes. Several attorneys indicated checks were even mailed to them for large amounts of money seeking to show the transaction was legit.

Beware of such attempts! And if you have details regarding any such scams, contact your local police or attorney general’s office to report the information.

 

Recent Trademark Registrations XXXVII

Posted by ipelton on: November 29th, 2012

Here is another update of recent client registrations from the public records for readers to see real examples of brands and marks which are being protected [click trademark or logo to open USPTO records in a new window]:

R.P.R. ORIGINALS - Infant and children’s clothing, namely, pants, shorts, shirts, layettes, hats, dresses, and skirts

Trademark image- ale; beer

GOOD-BY WRINKLES – skin cream

TURNING SINNERS INTO SAINTS – beer

Trademark image- restaurant and bar

Trademark image- Plumbing services; electrical contracting services; general construction contracting services; construction and renovation of buildings; handyman services in the nature of repair and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings; HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance; home energy assessment services for the purpose of determining home improvements needed to improve energy use and efficiency; energy efficiency maintenance and construction services

Trademark image- television program featuring stories of community service and helpful home tips

HELPING HANDS - television program featuring stories of community service and helpful home tips

 Trademark image- Plumbing services; electrical contracting services; general construction contracting services; construction and renovation of buildings; handyman services in the nature of repair and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings; HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance; home energy assessment services for the purpose of determining home improvements needed to improve energy use and efficiency; energy efficiency maintenance and construction services

REAL ESTATE STAGING ASSOCIATION - Association services, namely, promoting the interests of professional real estate stagers and redesigners

NAE-8 - non-medicated skin care preparation ingredient

PH LIFE - Nutritional supplements; dietary supplements; herbal supplements; liquid nutritional supplement drops; vitamins; personal pH test kits for home use

BUDDY MARY - prepared alcoholic cocktails

GRAB THE GOLD - granola based snack bars

ENERGY NEVER TASTED SO DELICIOUS - granola based snack bars

FUEL FOR WHAT DRIVES YOU – granola based snack bars

VICTORY IS IN YOUR HANDS – granola based snack bars

SOCIAL INK - retail store services featuring personalized stationery, jewelry, and gifts

U.S. LEGAL SERVICES - prepaid legal benefit plans for employers, employees, and their families; Administration of legal services insurance plans for prepaid legal services

FAMILY DEFENDER - prepaid legal benefit plans for employers, employees, and their families; Administration of legal services insurance plans for prepaid legal services

CDL DEFENDER - prepaid legal benefit plans in the field of commercial driving; Administration of legal services insurance plans for prepaid legal services

Breakthough IT - Computer services, namely, remote and on-site management of the information technology (IT) systems of others; IT consulting services; Business management consulting and advisory services in the field of information technology; Business process re-engineering services in the field of information technology

RAJPUT - restaurant services; Indian spices, Indian bakery items, namely, bakery desserts and sweet bakery goods; rice; condiment items, namely, chutney and relish; sweets; chutneys; chickpea flour

PERSONAL KNOWBASE - computer software on CD-ROM and downloadable software for organizing notes, data, and information

Trademark image- Retail bakery shops; retail store services featuring baked goods and sweets; baked goods and sweets

INFINITY WRAP - Cosmetic body care services; Cosmetic body care services in the nature of body wraps

Trademark image- Blank USB flash drives

 ICARD - Blank USB flash drives

DIABLITO’S CANTINA – restaurant and bar

CREATIVE CAULDRON - Education services, namely, providing workshops, classes, and camps in the field of theater, visual arts, music, and dance; Entertainment in the nature of theater and musical productions

Trademark image- footwear

NATURAL WORLD – footwear

NERIUMAD - non-medicated skin care preparations; non-medicated topical skin care preparations

HESPro - Advertising and business services, namely, providing an online website where advertisers, marketers, and content providers can interact with users for advertising, branding, and promoting knowledge, products, and services, and tradeshows, on behalf of themselves and others, and for evaluating and rating the same, all the foregoing relevant to human activities affecting climate change and related fields; Advertising and directory services, namely, promoting the services of others by providing a web page featuring links to the websites of others; Brand concept and brand development services for corporate and individual clients

ARCHIVEMATICA - Consulting services in the field of computer systems, namely, the analysis, design, development and integration of systems used to manage collections of archival materials, published works, art objects, and other information objects including documents, business records, moving image recordings, audio recordings, photographs, and other graphic images, namely, for the long-term storage, organization, cataloging, preservation, online access, search and retrieval of these collections; computer consulting services in the field of design, selection, implementation and use of computer hardware and software systems for records management and digital preservation, namely, analyzing computer-based document management systems, records management systems, enterprise content management systems, digital asset management systems, information life systems, digital storage systems, storage media, archives management systems and other business information systems of others that create, use and store records, documents, archival materials and other information objects, designing computer system architectures therefor, integration of computer software into such systems and developing computer hardware and software systems for digital preservation to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information, including computer consulting relating to the assessment of technology obsolescence risks, computer system capacity gaps and the implementation of digital preservation systems that address these risks; Consulting services in the field of design, selection, implementation and use of computer hardware and software systems for others in the field of computerized records management; application service provider (ASP) in the field of information management, namely, hosting computer software applications of others used for the management of collections of archival materials, published works, art objects, and other information objects including documents, business records, moving image recordings, audio recordings, photographs, and other graphic images, namely, for the long-term storage, organization, cataloging, preservation, online access, search and retrieval of these collections

Trademark image- Consulting services in the field of computer systems, namely, the analysis, design, development and integration of systems used to manage collections of archival materials, published works, art objects, and other information objects including documents, business records, moving image recordings, audio recordings, photographs, and other graphic images, namely, for the long-term storage, organization, cataloging, preservation, online access, search and retrieval of these collections; computer consulting services in the field of design, selection, implementation and use of computer hardware and software systems for records management and digital preservation, namely, analyzing computer-based document management systems, records management systems, enterprise content management systems, digital asset management systems, information life systems, digital storage systems, storage media, archives management systems and other business information systems of others that create, use and store records, documents, archival materials and other information objects, designing computer system architectures therefor, integration of computer software into such systems and developing computer hardware and software systems for digital preservation to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information, including computer consulting relating to the assessment of technology obsolescence risks, computer system capacity gaps and the implementation of digital preservation systems that address these risks; Consulting services in the field of design, selection, implementation and use of computer hardware and software systems for others in the field of computerized records management; application service provider (ASP) in the field of information management, namely, hosting computer software applications of others used for the management of collections of archival materials, published works, art objects, and other information objects including documents, business records, moving image recordings, audio recordings, photographs, and other graphic images, namely, for the long-term storage, organization, cataloging, preservation, online access, search and retrieval of these collections

 

The ABA has put my paper, Guarding the Keys to Trademarks and Copyrights Online, online. I presented the paper in 2011. It covers many tips for business owners for identifying and protecting trademark and copyright assets online, developing social media and app intellectual property issues, and more.

Let me know what you think of it!

USPTO updates “Basic Facts of Trademarks” resource

Posted by ipelton on: November 26th, 2012

The USPTO recently updated its guide, Basic Facts About Trademarks (PDF). The guide is a great overview of the trademark protection, the trademark registration process, proper trademark usage, and much more. It is good reading for anyone looking for more information about trademarks including business owners, students, and attorneys who practice in other areas of the law.

 

Thanksgiving Trademarks (redux)

Posted by ipelton on: November 22nd, 2012

Do you love Thanksgiving? Do you love trademarks? 

Then what could be better today than Thanksgiving trademarks?! From Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to Turducken and Tofurkey, we’ve got you covered:

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Turducken® cross-section via Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turducken_quartered_cross-section.jpg)