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Sands Anderson PC: But Wait…. There’s More: Recent Offers to Trademark Applicants and Registrants

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer A client with a pending federal trademark application called the other day and asked if he should go ahead and pay the "Trademark Office" invoice directly. Trouble is, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not send invoices. It is up to the applicant or his...

Sands Anderson PC: A Man Walks into a Bar…And Sues for Copyright Infringement

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer Based on recent questions from our clients, many business owners are unclear that they can't necessarily play commercial radio stations, broadcast their personal Ipod® playlist or show sports events from live TV at work. Many people understand "copyright"...

Sands Anderson: Beyond the Hammer: Thoughtful Approaches to Trademark Infringement

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer Obtaining a federal or state trademark is merely the first step in protecting your brand and reputation. If you don't actively root out and address infringement, you could be abandoning your mark. Many people equate " policing " a trademark with sending stern...

Sands Anderson PC: B2B and Pinterest? There’s nothing to see here.

By Donna Ray Berkelhammer It's hard for social media advocates like us to not enthusiastically support the medium's newest fave: Pinterest . The virtual scrapbook is a GREAT display window for consumer companies selling food, fashion or funky fixtures. If you're a B2B company, however...

Sands Anderson PC: Beyond the Name and Logo: Trade Dress Protection

By Donna Ray Berkelhammer Trademark attorneys are talking about the Maker's Mark decision, where the red dripping sealing wax on a bottle of Makers Mark ® bourbon was found to be a trademark and Jose Cuervo was stopped from using a similar red dripping seal on tequila. Part of the stir is...

Sands Anderson PC: This Is Patent Pending? Really?

By Donna Ray Berkelhammer I succumbed to a chip-and-dip bowl shaped like a flip-flop on sale at the grocery store check-out line. As I was washing it, I noticed "Made in China" and "Patent Pending" stamped on the bottom. What in the world is patentable about a novelty chip bowl...