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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Everett Trademark Attorneys
Our experienced Everett trademark attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses with everything they need to secure and protect their trademarks. Our attorneys can help individuals with everything from trademark clearance searches to determine whether the desired mark is available for adoption, use, and registration. By reviewing the search reports thoroughly, they can conclusively determine the extent to which a mark is already being used and the potential success of filing a trademark.
Trademark licensing can be complex, but our trademark attorneys have experience drafting agreements on behalf of both licensees and trademark owners - thus allowing you to capitalize on your valuable intellectual property. Our Everett trademark attorneys can also draft and file your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Intent to Use and Use in Commerce applications.
Our attorneys can also help protect your trademark around the globe by assisting clients with filing trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol, which allows trademark holders to obtain protection in multiple countries by filing a single application.
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What Are Generic Trademarks?
Generic trademarks are common terms used to name products or services, for example, a brand of shoes called "shoes". Generic trademarks describe a product, so no one can register them as trademarks. These marks don't qualify for any protection.
Why Generic Terms Can't Be Trademarks
Generic terms such as "computer" cannot be registered as trademarks because anyone has the right to use generic words to describe the products they are selling. Giving trademark rights to generic terms would make the English language poorer and would restrict competition. This rule applies to both the principal and the supplemental registers.
Adding a dot-com(or dot-org, dot-net, etc.) suffix to a generi
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What Is a Common Law Trademark?
A common law trademark is a type of infringement protection for intellectual property wherein the property is used in commerce before it's federally registered. The U.S. common law trademark starts when you use the mark in commerce for the first time within a geographic area. It endures with continual, deliberate use and is shown by the superscript symbol "TM."
Business names, taglines, product names, logos, design elements, and sounds used to identify companies are all covered by a common law trademark. U.S. trademark law differs from international trademark laws because it's based on common law, rather than first-to-file law.
Benefits of Common Law Trademarks
Common law trademarks stop competing businesse
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What Is a Descriptive Trademark?
A descriptive trademark identifies one or more characteristics of a product or service covered by the mark and only serves to describe the product.
Some descriptive mark examples are:
104 KEY: it describes how many keys are on a keyboard; therefore this could be considered descriptive.
Cold and creamy: a potential mark for ice cream, but since it describes one of the characteristics of the product, it isn't likely to qualify as trademark.
Descriptive trademarks like these examples, which only include words based on aspects, highlights, end results, or product uses won't qualify for a trademark. This includes terms like "best" and "high quality." Still not sure? Answer this question: "Does this word describe the pro
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What is Trademark vs. Trade Dress?
A trademark offers legal protection for a logo, symbol, phrase, word, name, or design used to show the manufacturer of a product. Trade dress protects all elements used to promote a specific service or product. Examples of trade dress include packaging and the atmosphere or décor within a place of business.
The term "trade dress" comes from a 1992 court ruling and refers to the way a product is "dressed" to go to market. Since then, the term has expanded to include other elements, such as specific themes used in decoration or styling of a business location. The updated definition focuses on the total image instead of the way a product is "dressed up."
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Generally, copyrights provide a monopoly on a work for the life of the author plus 70 years if the work was published in the U.S. after January 1, 1978. However, a simple question like how long a copyright will last should have a simple answer, but it doesn't. The answer depends on when the work was first published, where it was created, whether it was commissioned, and a few other factors.
Does the Creation Date Impact the Copyright Protection?
Yes. Generally speaking, copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years if the work was published in the U.S. after January 1, 1978. If the work had more than one author, the “life of the author” is measured by the death of the last surviving author.
However, copyright protection can range from between 95 from the year of its first publication to 120 years after the year of its creation due to special circumstances, such as: