Pittsburgh Trademark Attorneys & Lawyers
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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Pittsburgh Trademark Attorneys
Our experienced Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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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Updated June 23, 2020:
What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?
A cease and desist letter does not automatically signify a lawsuit. It is simply a warning about illegal behavior that lets you know that further penalties could follow if the behavior, such as patent infringement, doesn't stop.
Here are some ways it is possible to violate the intellectual property of another:
- Plagiarizing someone's work
- Using an invention without the right to access it
- Engaging in illegal or suspicious activity that involves someone's work
The first step that you can take to address these issues is to send a cease and desist letter. This letter puts the person in violation on notice that they are engaging in illegal
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Updated June 23, 2020:
When Do You Need Permission to Use a Logo?
A logo or trademark is any photograph, word, or symbol used to identify a brand, service, or product. You need permission to use a logo unless it is for editorial or information purposes, such as when a logo is used in a written article or being used as part of a comparative product statement.
Other than these two instances, you should never assume you can use a trademarked logo. A person or company should never use a trademark or logo without written permission from its owner. To get permission, write a letter to the trademark owner. Include a description of why you are asking and how the logo will be used. Third parties should never use s
- 5 min read
Updated October 29, 2020:
How to Trademark a Blog Name
- Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.
- Browse the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) database to see if anyone else has already registered your blog name in the appropriate category.
- Submit your blog name trademark application with the filing fee. The USPTO charges about $300 for trademark registration.
What Is a Blog Name
- 3 min read
What is Trademark Distinctiveness?
Trademark distinctiveness refers to the features of a registered design that identify products or services as originating from a specific company.
When is a Trademark Distinctive?
Distinctive trademarks are:
- Different from other marks used to describe similar goods and services.
- Ones which include a visual description of the type of goods or service.
- Recognized as identifying the source of the goods or service.
Spectrum of Distinctiveness
- Generic Marks: Use a common word
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Updated October 28, 2020:
What Does a Trademark Protect?
A trademark protects a good or service offered by a company from infringement or damage of reputation by another company. With a trademark, you have legal recourse to sue another company that uses your likeness to further their own business ventures. This includes both registered and unregistered trademarks.
In short, a trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design, or combination that helps consumers identify a particular product. A service mark is the same but pertains to a service in