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Is Your U.S. Trademark Registration Being Audited?

Did you know that a U.S. trademark registration can be audited by the USPTO? Yes, the USPTO conducts random audits of approximately 10% of maintenance and renewal declarations. The audits apply to filings of both regular U.S. trademark registrations and Madrid Protocol International registrations to require additional proof of use of two items of goods […]

European Union Data Privacy Law Requires Urgent Compliance by U.S. Companies

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become law on May 25, 2018 that is rapidly approaching with multi-billion dollar penalties for violation. It will require significant change to websites of U.S. companies and how they may collect and use personal data derived in Europe. This includes U.S. companies that have operations or vendors in Europe and […]

Is Your Photo, Video, Music, Text or Design Copied on a Website or YouTube?

A question I am often asked is how to stop someone from copying original photos, videos, sound recordings, text or designs and posting them on a website or YouTube. DMCA Take Down Notice If the work is original with your company or its employees, you can hire a copyright attorney to send a DMCA Take […]

Trademark Oppositions and Cancellations: One Case Shows They Can Move Faster

In the USA, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decides contested cases for registration and cancelation of federally registered trademarks in the USA.  For trial cases, the average time between filing and decision is 36 months[1].  This article is an illustration of one of the author’s cases that reached a trial decision in 15 months […]

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