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The USPTO announced last week, at the TPAC meeting, that it will begin sending notices via email to trademark registrants about upcoming deadlines for Section 8 declarations of continued use (due between the 5th and 6th anniversary of the registration) and Section 9 renewals (due every 10 years after registration).

Since these renewals will be sent via email, trademark registrants can only receive them if they have a valid email address on file with the USPTO.

The USPTO’s formal announcement is here: USPTO to Issue Courtesy Email Reminders of Registration Maintenance Filing Deadlines

TIP: Trademark registrants who obtained a USPTO trademark registration without having counsel, it would be wise to check the TSDR records and make sure that the correspondence information lists a valid email address. If no email address is listed, Registrants can file a “Change of Correspondence Address” electronically with the USPTO to include an email address and to check the box authorizing email communications.

 

I recently rode my bicycle past the Jonathan Adler store in Georgetown. The windows of the home furnishings and pottery store feature great slogans that are memorable and fun!

“where lonely sofas meet perky pillows”

http://nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com/2010/05/colorful-world-of-jonathan-adler.html

 

“you 24-hour pot dealer”

image from http://fairfieldcountygreenburbs.blogspot.com/2014/02/24-hour-pot-dealer-in-westport.html

 

Tip: Got a great slogan? Want to make sure others can’t use it? Register it with the USPTO!

Last week, several notable and interesting trademark opposition cases were filed at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO:

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  • Selfie Inc. opposed registration of SELFIE + for Downloadable camera app for photo distribution
  • The Edison Institute DBA The Henry Ford (which includes the Henry Ford museum and attracts nearly 2 million visitors) opposed THE WRIGHT BROTHERS bumper stickers and other items from The Wright Family Foundation

As with Oppositions in general, many of these cases will be likely settled. Some of the application will likely be abandoned. Neither action is necessarily an indication of whether the claims had legal merit.

 

In 2011, I was interviewed by Linda Popky, the president of Leverage2Market Associates, on her “Marketing Thought Leadership” podcast. We discussed several topics including the practical and legal elements of a strong brand, with tips for proper trademark usage and for generating new brad names.

Does your company have a strong brand? If yes, are you using and protecting it properly? If not, would you like to create one? Listen for some ideas and and tips.

Disclosure: L2M Associates, Inc. d/b/a Leverage2Market Associates is a client of our firm.

2014 Trademark Expo – a photo journal

Posted by ipelton on: October 23rd, 2014

Last week, I visited the USPTO’s National Trademark Expo. I had a great time visiting with exhibitors, USPTO staff, and friends. Full disclosure: I have represented three of the exhibitors in trademark matters before the USPTO: Volcom, The Little City, and 10,000 Cranes.

Here are some photos of the fun!