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How Should You Select a Trademark for Your Business?

Posted by Wayne Harper | Oct 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most businesses have at least one trademark, typically a name that identifies the business in the marketplace. Selecting the right trademark, however, takes some thought. Its generally not a good idea to select a trademark that simply describes the service a business is offering. For example, t...

Do You Value Your Trademark? Then Police It!

Posted by Wayne Harper | Aug 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

So you been using your trademark for years. It’s become a recognized brand regionally, if not nationally. Registered the trademark with the USPTO, and possibly with one or more states. Youre all set, right? Wrong! Trademarks dont enforce themselves, they dont protect themselves, and the fede...

Comprehensive Intellectual Property Planning (with Video)

Posted by Wayne Harper | Jul 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every business should have a comprehensive intellectual property protection plan. The process of developing a comprehensive intellectual property protection plan willgenerally involve the basic steps of: Identifying intellectual property of value to the business currently in existence or likel...

Intellectual Property Planning and Patents

Posted by Wayne Harper | Jun 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every business and prospective start-up should have a comprehensive intellectual property protection plan. The term “comprehensive” is intended both to reflect the basic concept that the plan should cover all of a business’s intellectual property of significant value, and that it should use all available legal regimes and business practices to protect such intellectual property.

Fake Words Make the Best Trademarks

Posted by Wayne Harper | Mar 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

When large, well-heeled companies select trademarks, either for a business name or a product line, they often hire a high-priced marketing firm and shell out six-figures for the marketing firm to select a trademark and most likely design a logo. Small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs rarel...

Can a Domain Name be Registered as a Trademark?

Posted by Wayne Harper | Nov 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Yes, definitely. If you do a quick search of trademarks on the USPTO website using “.COM”, you see thousands of such trademarks, reflected in both both pending applications and registered trademarks. There are a few subtleties to note, however. It is fundamental that a trademark cannot be regis...

Do You Need to Worry About Patent Trolls?

Posted by Wayne Harper | Nov 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

It seems like 1 out of every 4 stories about patents in the press these days is about patent trolls. If you are not familiar with what patent trolls are, they are a type of entity more formally referred to as Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs). NPEs own patents, often hundreds or thousand of them, b...


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