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August 2015 Archives

She Stole My Look!

Fashion is big business and, with good reason, clothing designers and companies are always looking for ways to protect their designs and collections. So how can a designer or company prevent others from stealing their designs?

Are You Considering Crowdfunding to Raise Funds?

Crowdfunding is a new way to help turn ideas into reality. Instead of going the traditional route of using your own money, borrowing from family or friends, taking out a bank or small business loan, or seeking investors through venture capital groups, an entrepreneur can create a page on one of the many popular crowdfunding platforms and bring interested potential investors to him/her.

Naming Your Foodtruck

When selecting the name for your new foodtruck, or for any good or service, you need to carefully consider your options. It is important to make sure that your proposed name would not fall under the "generic" or "merely descriptive" categories, thereby eliminating or hurting your chances of obtaining a trademark registration (and making it easier for the competition to 'steal' your brand). When considering a name for your foodtruck, you want to make sure it isn't generic, descriptive, or deceptively misdescriptive. For example, MEXICAN FOOD TRUCK is generic for a food truck selling Mexican food.

Are You Considering Crowdfunding to Raise Funds?

Crowdfunding is a new way to help turn ideas into reality. Instead of going the traditional route of using your own money, borrowing from family or friends, taking out a bank or small business loan, or seeking investors through venture capital groups, an entrepreneur can create a page on one of the many popular crowdfunding platforms and bring interested potential investors to him/her.

Naming Your Foodtruck

When selecting the name for your new foodtruck, or for any good or service, you need to carefully consider your options. It is important to make sure that your proposed name would not fall under the "generic" or "merely descriptive" categories, thereby eliminating or hurting your chances of obtaining a trademark registration (and making it easier for the competition to 'steal' your brand). When considering a name for your foodtruck, you want to make sure it isn't generic, descriptive, or deceptively misdescriptive. For example, MEXICAN FOOD TRUCK is generic for a food truck selling Mexican food.

The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

A trademark (or service mark) is a source identifier for goods and/or services. Under trademark law, a trademark owner receives basic trademark rights in a mark simply by using that mark in commerce. However, the rights one receives based upon use without registering are limited to the geographic area in which the use has occurred. So, for example, if a trademark owner has only sold in a single state, their rights would be limited to that state and adjacent areas that would be considered within the zone of natural expansion.

The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

A trademark (or service mark) is a source identifier for goods and/or services. Under trademark law, a trademark owner receives basic trademark rights in a mark simply by using that mark in commerce. However, the rights one receives based upon use without registering are limited to the geographic area in which the use has occurred. So, for example, if a trademark owner has only sold in a single state, their rights would be limited to that state and adjacent areas that would be considered within the zone of natural expansion.