Does Trademark Registration Protect Brand Names Containing Generic Terms

Many entrepreneurs are surprised to learn you can protect a generic brand name through trademark registration. However, these situations are limited and generally require the help of a skilled trademark attorney to register the mark successfully. Nonetheless, if you operate a business—especially an internet-based company—with a generic brand name like Apples-and-bananas dot com, you may be able to obtain...

Business Ownership Dispute Analysis: Taco Bell Trademark

“¡Yo quiero Taco Tuesday!” At least, that’s what Taco Bell wanted when it asked U.S. trademark regulators to determine whether Wyoming-based taco chain Taco John’s claim of exclusive ownership over the term “Taco Tuesday” was valid. The fast-food giant claimed the term was in common use despite Taco John’s having been granted exclusive use of “Taco Tuesday” nearly 40...

Trademark Abandonment and Loss of Trademark Rights

As a Florida entrepreneur, you probably know that your intellectual property is one of your business’s most valuable assets. The best thing you can do is to protect your trademarks as soon as possible. But once you have been granted trademark rights, those marks need to be maintained to avoid trademark abandonment or loss of trademark rights. In Florida...

What Happens to Intellectual Property Rights When a Business Dissolves

Intellectual property (IP) is often a more valuable asset than businesses realize. Sometimes businesses understand the value of their IP only once they start to dissolve their company and have to divide their intellectual property rights. Other times, entrepreneurs do not understand how important IP rights are until it is too late, and their IP rights are lost forever....

Types of Trademarks

Recently, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which Jack Daniel’s sued a dog toy company for trademark infringement. The case presents the Supreme Court with an interesting question regarding the intersection between free speech and trademark law. It also highlights how important trademarks are for businesses throughout America. Trademarks can be valuable assets for...

How to Register a Trademark

As a Florida business owner, you may not realize that your intellectual property (IP), or the ideas behind your business, can be as valuable as your business itself. Obtaining a trademark to protect some of your intellectual property can prevent others from stealing your ideas and profiting from them. That said, whether you are a new or experienced entrepreneur,...

How to Protect Intellectual Property

When you run a business, you orchestrate many moving parts that work toward a common goal. But your company is more than a collection of bookshelves and office space. What makes your business unique is its proprietary way of baking a cookie, meeting customers’ needs, or providing goods and services.  Like most business owners, you may take things like...

can cbd be trademarked

CBD is in high demand for health and wellness due to its therapeutic effects. The industry is expected to generate revenues of $22.05 billion by 2030. If you are considering starting a CBD business, you face a minefield of state and federal restrictions. A lawyer experienced with intellectual property laws can help you protect your brand despite the challenges....

are trade secrets protected in court

Most companies have trade secrets that they use for their business advantage. A trade secret is critical to a business’s value and competitiveness, whether a recipe, formula, process, or algorithm. A business needs to keep its trade secrets secure to remain competitive. What happens if someone gets their hands on a trade secret and starts using it? Are trade...

Intellectual property violation

Your business’s intellectual property (IP) can be its most valuable asset. Customers buy your patented gadget because it is one of a kind. Buyers look for your trademarked logo because they trust your products to be high quality. Or maybe you create books or music or video games, in which case your copyrights are vital to your financial success....