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Claiming Exclusive Use in Your Trademark

When you apply for a trademark for your business’ name, Monkey Wrench Plumbing, your attorney will ask you to disclaim the word “Plumbing” from your trademark. In this context, disclaiming means that you’re telling the Trademark Office that you do not claim an exclusive right to use the word “Plumbing” to identify the source of […]

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The Value of a Prior Art Search

Before you dive head-in to preparing and filing a patent application, it’s important to do some diligence. Many inventors will want to do a targeted prior art search before preparing a patent, as it comes with a few major benefits. 1. It lets you know if someone else beat you to it. If someone else […]

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Should I Police My Trademark?

Once you have a registered trademark, you’ll likely get solicitations to help “police” your mark. They’ll offer search services and to remind you of upcoming deadlines. (Talk to your attorney before you sign up for one of these services, it’s possible that your lawyers are already doing all this for you.) It’s important to keep […]

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Am I Eligible For a Reduced Trademark Application Fee?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently reduced the fee for filing a trademark application to a minimum of $225 per class of goods. So, if you’re filing a trademark application for a variety of baked goods, it’s a minimum of a $225 application fee. If you’d like that application to cover baked goods […]

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The Lighter Side of Patents

Every once in a great while you come across a patent opinion that contains a little whimsy (not for the losing party, but for everyone else). Today was one of those days. In 2010, two inventors filed for a utility patent on a cover for a propane tank to be used during tailgating. Why, you […]

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