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Several “2017” trademarks already pending at the USPTO

Posted by ipelton on: December 29th, 2016

Several trademarks featuring “2017” have already been filed with the USPTO. In fact, a few are already registered.

These are already registered

  • Mark Image for Promoting tourism in Hopkinsville, Kentucky area
  • Mark Imagefor Educational services, namely, conducting seminars in the field of continuing education and distribution of educational materials in connection therewith; Educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction at the community college level and distribution of course material in connection therewith
  • TEMPS TURNOVER – 2017 – registered since 2014 for Financial services in the nature of an investment security

Here are some great logos for events or commemorations in 2017 featured in pending trademark applications. The NYC Pizza Festival looks delicious!

  • Mark Image
  • Mark Image
  • Mark Image (NBA All-Star Game logo) Interestingly, the NBA previously filed Charlotte 2017 All-Star logos, but the game has been moved.
  • Mark Image
  • Mark Image
  • Mark Image

 

2017 will be a big year for trademarks, with a Supreme Court hearing and, presumably, opinion. And lots more commerce reflected in lots more trademark filings.

Recent Client Trademark Registrations Vol. 95

Posted by ipelton on: December 28th, 2016

Here is another update of recent Erik M. Pelton & Associates client trademark registrations obtained from the public records of the USPTO so readers can see real  examples of brands and marks which are being protected – and the wide range of variety in brand names, logos, products and services. [Click trademark or logo to open USPTO records in a new window.]

Last month, our clients were issued 17 USPTO trademark registrations.

  • CREATING TOMORROW’S THOUGHT LEADERS – Business consulting; marketing consulting
  • Trademark image – Restaurant and bar services
  • Trademark image – Online retail store services, wholesale distributorship services, and catalog ordering services, all featuring safety and protective gear, safety apparel, safety eyewear, safety supplies, uniforms, aprons, and clothing for personnel in the food service and hospitality industries
  • Trademark image –  stainless steel cups; bottles, sold empty
  • OMAPURE – Dietary Supplements
  • CAMPGROUND MASTER – computer software for managing campgrounds, hotels, marinas, flea markets, and rental service businesses featuring reservations, sales, maps, networking, check-ins and check-outs, accounting, inventory, and payment processing
  • GATOR DUST – Seasonings
  • ANDERSON COMPOSITES – Automotive body panels; automotive parts, namely, hoods, doors, fenders, spoilers, trunk lids, interior dash panels, and lip kits featuring splitter, side skirt and rocker, and rear diffuser; all of the foregoing goods containing composite materials
  • AWAKEN YOUR IMPACT INSPIRE CHANGE CREATE WEALTH – conducting conferences, seminars, and workshops in the fields of business, leadership, communications, and relationships
  • EXFOLISSE – non-medicated skin care preparations
  • BAR-B-DOG – Sandwiches
  • PINPOINT – Eyewear; eyeglasses; industrial protective eyewear; safety eyewear
  • CAT FIVE ROOFING – roofing repair and replacement services; Construction and repair of buildings
  • STEPBET – Entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting on-line competitions and contests in the field of health, fitness, weight loss, social dieting, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, skills acquisition, motivation, increasing of willpower, performance enhancement, and self-improvement; contests and incentive award programs to encourage individuals, employees, and organization members to set and achieve goals in health, fitness, weight loss, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, skills acquisition, motivation, increasing of willpower, performance enhancement, and self-improvement
  • WAYBETTER TOGETHER – Entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting on-line competitions and contests in the field of health, fitness, weight loss, social dieting, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, skills acquisition, motivation, increasing of willpower, performance enhancement, and self-improvement; contests and incentive award programs to encourage individuals, employees, and organization members to set and achieve goals in health, fitness, weight loss, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, skills acquisition, motivation, increasing of willpower, performance enhancement, and self-improvement
  • EXAWATT – Business consulting and information services; business marketing consulting services; business management consulting services; business process management and consulting; market consulting; market research, analysis and forecasting; conducting marketing studies and market analysis; conducting business and market research surveys; analysis services, namely, market analysis; business appraisals; business management consultation, namely, advising clients in all energy-related fields; business consulting in the field of energy, including, but not limited to energy storage, renewable energy, solar energy, oil and gas; business research, namely, conducting focus group studies; business acquisitions and merger consultation; providing information in the fields of business management, business marketing, business acquisitions and mergers consulting; arranging and conducting trade shows and conferences in the fields of business consulting and energy, including renewable energy, solar energy, oil and gas; economic forecasting and analysis; providing business and consumer information via an on-line computer database in the field of locating solar energy products and services, describing solar energy products and services, rating solar energy products and services, pricing solar energy products and services and comparing prices of solar energy products and services; providing an Internet website portal offering information on energy usage management and energy efficiency information in the field of energy efficiency and solar energy; Financial analysis; financial analysis and consultation; financial consultation; financial due diligence; financial planning consultation; financial and real estate investment consultation and management services; Technical consultation in the field of energy, namely, engineering, designing, and testing of energy products for others, including, but not limited to energy storage, renewable energy, solar energy, oil and gas; industrial research and consulting services in the field of solar energy; industrial research and consulting services in the field of energy; product innovation consulting services, namely, advising others in the areas of product development; providing an Internet website portal featuring information regarding the design, architecture, site selection, building and engineering of photovoltaic factories, in the field of energy efficiency and of solar energy
  • ZOMBIE PINOCCHIO – Dolls

10 of the most useful trademark websites

Posted by ipelton on: December 27th, 2016

There are dozens of valuable trademark resources on the web. Here are my top ten:

 

USPTO Pages

TESS search http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe

TTABVUE http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/

TSDR (trademark document retrieval) http://tsdr.uspto.gov

Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/teas/index.jsp

WIPO Madrid System

Main page http://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/ 

Fee Calculator  http://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/fees/calculator.jsp

Trademark news and more: https://twitter.com/search?q=trademark&src=tyah

Search Pages

Google Advanced Search https://www.google.com/advanced_search

DomainSearch.com http://www.domainsearch.com/

Internet Archive  https://archive.org/

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Five tips for avoiding trademark common trademark mistakes

Posted by ipelton on: December 22nd, 2016

Here are relatively simple tips for avoiding trademark pitfalls. A failure to follow any one of these steps greatly increases the odds of problems, delays, and/or additional expenses.

  1. Choose a name that is creative. In other words, not boring or descriptive or generic.
  2. Clear the name with a proper search to ensure that it is unique in your industry.
  3. Register the trademark with the USPTO.
  4. Deal with any potential infringements quickly. The more investments of time and money someone puts into using a name, the more attached to it they become and the more complicated getting them to stop is likely to be.
  5. Use an attorney for #3, #4, and #5. Doing these things properly, with experienced counsel, is much more effective and likely to be less expensive in the long run than if they are done without counsel and with mistakes.

Trademark protection and trademark law is full of grey areas and complicated disputes, but by following these five steps, a brand owner is far less likely to encounter the uncertainties and increased expenses of these grey areas.

 

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Last weekend the Wall Street Journal published a front page story about competing towns in North Dakota that both claim to be the geographic center of North America.
Part of the story relates to trademarks, and a trademark registration that was not renewed, opening the door for someone else to seek registration of the mark. Even if the second filer may not be entitled to registration, it could cost the original registrant a great deal of time and money to resolve the situation.
If the Rugby, ND chamber of commerce had not let its registrations with the USPTO lapse, perhaps Robinson, ND would not have invested in trying to use the phrase, as the article states they checked the USPTO records.
At issue now is not only the trademark registration, and the costs that may come with a trademark dispute, but the tourism and marketing benefits that flow from using the “Geographical Center” slogan.
In short, make sure your registration renewal dates are docketed properly, and that the USPTO has a proper and valid email address on file.
Bonus tip: track your applications and registrations via Softmware® at www.softmware.com.
For the full article see: North Dakota Bar Owner Pulls Off a Monumental Coup (WSJ)
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