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Three online trademark tools

Posted by ipelton on: November 16th, 2012

What online trademark tools do you use?   Other than the myriad of resources on, of course!

Our firm has developed three different free resources for trademark attorneys, paralegals, and owners:

  • Apptorney: IP: a mobile iPhone app for accessing USPTO trademark and patent links (and other government agencies from around the world). Use it to search the USPTO TESS trademark database from your phone in just a few simple clicks.
  • sofTMware: a cloud based website for tracking updates to USPTO application and registration records. You can track your own records, and/or those of your competitors or possible conflicts.

Of course, I am biased…. but I am not aware of any better online trademark tools.  If you are, let me know! If you have suggestions for improving any of these resources, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

Erik M. Pelton & Associates has 1,000+ “Likes” on Facebook!

Posted by ipelton on: November 14th, 2012

Are you following us on Facebook to make sure you get all the interesting trademarks, IPelton(R) blog posts, and other trademark stories? We now have more than 1,000 followers on the social media site in addition the 2,000+ following on Twitter!

Click on the image to open our Facebook page!


Thank you for helping our Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted by ipelton on: November 12th, 2012

As  I teenager, I spent many days on the beaches of southern Long Island – my grandparents lived less than a block from the water in Atlantic Beach. And I have a lot of family and friends in the New York City area, on Long Island, and in New Jersey. The homes and communities badly damaged or even worse in the wake of Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago struck a nerve.

Last week at our offices, we collected nearly 100 large garbage bags full of clothing, toiletries, food and other supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The outpouring of help from around our City of Falls Church was incredible – people I have never met came by with car loads of supplies that they had gathered from their friends and colleagues. Dental offices gave me toothpaste and toothbrushes. A yoga studio gathered many bags from its members. I cannot begin to thank all of the individual and businesses who chipped in to help.

On Friday evening, we loaded up a rented U Haul truck and on Saturday my family and I drove it to East Rockaway on Long Island. We found widespread power outages, trees and limbs down, and a lot of water damage. We were shown how the streets right by the water had at least 6 feet of salt water in them during the storm. Boats and docks were thrashed around and placed in new spots. Mud and sand filled streets and parking lots.

We delivered the supplies to Bethany Congregational Church in East Rockaway. The staff and volunteers, including EMS from out of state, FEMA staff, local high school students and more, were uplifting and eager to help us unload. People from all walks of life and from near and far came together to help collect and sort the supplies. The Church had collected a huge amount of supplies (see photos below), and clearly the community was in need of them. The full extent of the damage was difficult to see from the street since the water inside of homes and apartments and businesses had come and gone – but destroyed so much in its wake.

Below I have posted some photos from our trip, and some videos that show a small portion of the damage in the area we visited.




Talking trademarks with 1st graders

Posted by ipelton on: October 19th, 2012

I had the opportunity this week to speak with a group of first graders at the local elementary school. They have been learning about inventions and trying to come up with their own. Their enthusiasm for the subject was amazing. They asked great questions. I tried to stump them by showing them some partial logos (for McDonald’s, Disney, Nike, etc.) but they knew them all. We talked about the power of a brand and a logo to tell the customer about what they are getting, and how even a color, a shape, or a sound could be a trademark. I showed them what a trademark registration and a patent registration look like. We also discussed why it was important to provide businesses and inventors with these protections.

The most fun was showing them the FedEx logo and the Washington Capitals logo and getting them to think about the hidden images and meanings!

Trademark Attorney Visits Mt. Daniel

Photos courtesy of Falls Church Public Schools/Marybeth Connelly (above) and Beth Green (below).

Falls Church trademark attorney

For a full report from the teacher, see her blog post:

An Expert Weighs In