Is A LegalZoom Trademark Right For You?

Many people that we talk to about trademarks are tempted to register a LegalZoom trademark. For some people, this might be the right choice, but for others it could be a mistake. Learn more about the differences between filing a LegalZoom trademark and using a trademark attorney to file your trademark. Is A LegalZoom Trademark Right for You? Here are some points to consider when thinking about whether a LegalZoom trademark registration is the right choice for your business. LegalZoom will help you fill out a trademark registration form. The main benefit of doing a ...

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Five Trademark Registration Benefits

Although there are a number of trademark registration benefits, not everyone understands what they are. That's why we are here to help by explaining what we feel are the five most important trademark benefits. While trademark registration can seem like a bit of an investment when just starting your business, the benefits far exceed the cost. What Are The Five Main Trademark Registration Benefits? You do get some trademark registration benefits when you begin using your trademark, but the real benefits come after you have received a trademark registration. You can ...

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How To Go From Services To Products

Creative business owners often want to know how to go from services to products. So instead of selling your labor, you can develop a product once and sell it a number of times. Doing this can provide the foundation for a scalable business with the potential to grow. Why Go From Services to Products? Our law firm has worked with a number of clients who have made the choice to go from services to products. Often, this will be a design firm that comes up with a mobile app or a physical product that they have chosen to sell via an online platform. And sometimes these ...

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How To Maintain Limited Liability Protection

If you have a corporation or an LLC you want to know how to maintain limited liability protection. Limited liability protection helps to protect your personal assets from business debts and lawsuits. In short, limited liability protection provides an important shield for your personal assets. However, it's not without vulnerability; learn how you can maintain limited liability protection. What Is Limited Liability Protection? In short, limited liability protection means that if your corporation or LLC incurs a debt or a judgment (or other liability), your personal assets ...

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Use A Freelance Service Contract To Generate Revenue

A good freelance service contract is central to any creative professional building a service business or agency. Freelancers use a freelance service contract to set up a good relationship with their clients and to ensure that things go as closely according to plan as possible. They can also help freelancers make money. How Can A Freelance Service Contract Help You Generate Revenue? People tend to see legal services as something that cost money, but that don't make you money. That may be true for some things, but for others, legal services can have a direct impact on ...

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Five Immoral Trademarks

Did you know scandalous, deceptive, disparaging or immoral trademarks cannot be registered? This means that trademarks that contain expletives, demean a group, misrepresent their origin or otherwise cause mayhem cannot be given the trademark protection that other trademarks might get. What Are Immoral Trademarks? The issue of immoral trademarks is currently in the Supreme Court in a case involving a band named the Slants. Basically, federal trademark law is what allows you to register and protect your brands. But § 2(a) of the Lanham Act prohibits registration of ...

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International Trademark Registration: What You Need To Know

Since business is often global, many people are curious about what it takes to get an international trademark registration. Because of the way that trademark laws around the world work, protecting your brand globally can be a bit of a challenge. This article will give you the basics on protecting your trademark and brand abroad. What Do I Need To Know About International Trademark Registration? There is no such thing as an international trademark registration: Technically, there is no such thing as an international trademark registration. When you register a tradema...

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What Is A DMCA Takedown Notice?

A DMCA takedown notice is an amazing tool in the arsenal of any creative business ("DMCA" stands for "Digital Millennium Copyright Act"). You can use a DMCA takedown notice to get sites that host third-party content (think Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, etc.) to remove content that infringes on your copyright. If you are a creator who has been plagued by knockoffs or other types of infringements, you should understand how a DMCA takedown notice works. What Is A DMCA Takedown Notice? A DMCA takedown notice is a notice that you send to a site hosting infringing content. If the ...

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Client Profile: Toni Truong & TONI Trademark

This month we would like to feature our trademark client Toni Truong. We helped her overcome an Office Action from the USPTO which would have prevented her trademark from being registered. With our help, Toni’s handbag line can now get the full benefits of a federal trademark registration. We sat down with Ms. Truong to get her thoughts on why she hired a trademark lawyer and how she operates her brand. Why did you decide to apply for a trademark? I think it is a form of insurance to preserve an original idea and protect the longevity of the business. I felt it ...

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Creative Business Legal Roadmap

The Creative Business Legal Roadmap is now available to members of the Creators' Legal Program. This checklist of key legal issues gives you a high-level view of the types of things that any creative business owner will want to consider in starting, running and growing a business. Setting a solid legal foundation is crucial and we want to help you get oriented. This roadmap provides a checklist for thinking about: business formation, copyright, contracts, collaborating and everything else that goes into a successful creative business. We want to help members of the ...

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