Useful Legal and Business Information

In the following pages, we provide you with information that will help you make better decisions about legal and business matters.  Contact us if you need any further information.

 

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  1. Intellectual Property
    1. Trademarks
      1. Trademark application process
        1. To educate yourself about the trademark application visit the USPTO website.
      2.  Trademark registration requires regular renewals with strict filing dates.
        1. There are some key dates to keep in mind to keep your trademark registered – you have six months after your intent to use application is accepted to file a statement of use; you have to file a §8 Declaration of Continued Use and a Declaration of Incontestibility between the 5th and 6th anniversaries of registration and file a a §8 Declaration of Continued Use and an Application for Renewal before every tenth annivesary. It is vital to keep a record of your marks and have a system to remind you because the USPTO does not send you reminders to renew. They only send a Notice of Abandonment after the fact and that will only reach you if you or your attorney are still at the same address, sometimes decades after your initial application. For more information, visit the USPTO website here.
      3.  United States Customs and Border Protection actions against knockoffs
        1. Once you register your trademark you can ask the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection to help keep out infringers from bringing knockoffs of your products into the United States by registering your trademark with the CBP. Visit the CPB website here.