Jan Bader

Jan Bader is the founder of Symbus Law Group, LLC. She combines multi-faceted experience in trademark law and management with a desire to expand accessibility and cost-effective legal services via the Internet.

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Trademark Examiners: A Little Consistency Please!

Every lawyer who prosecutes trademarks knows that old adage that every case has to be considered on its own merits. But what do you do when an Examiner decides that a mark is entirely descriptive, and that decision goes against dozens of other marks on the Principal Register in which the legal basis is indistinguishable? …

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Janice Housey of Symbus Appointed to INTA Panel of Neutrals

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has appointed Janice Housey, a partner at Symbus Law Group, to its Panel of Neutrals. INTA created the Panel as a part of its alternative dispute resolution program (ADR) to resolve trademark and unfair competition disputes without litigation. INTA maintains high standards for its neutrals. To meet these standards, neutrals …

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Trademarks and Service Marks: A (Picky) Primer

Now, before you conclude that I’m insulting your intelligence (I’m informed that all of our followers are brilliant), I’ll just say that I know many CEOs that don’t know the difference between a trademark and a service mark. They also don’t have a clue about which symbol to use, and when. So here it is …

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Opening a restaurant? A Federal Registration is a Must!

Over the years, I have been involved in a number of expensive, dragged-out restaurant name disputes. It’s a shame, because in almost every case, all the trouble could have been avoided if a federal registration of the restaurant name had been acquired when the restaurant opened. Some restaurateurs believe that if they only have a …

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A Day in the Life of a “Virtual” Trademark Lawyer

The first thing I do is look out my window at the undulating landscape of the Virginia countryside and think to myself, “I’m not climbing into a lawyer suit.  I’m not fighting traffic to the corner of Pennsylvania and L Street.”  I did that for about 18 years, so I think I put in my …

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The Virtues of the Virtual Firm

What is a “virtual” law firm, and what are the pros and cons of using one, as opposed to the traditional law firm? A “virtual” law firm is one which relies primarily on electronic practices and is, in the best of circumstances, an application service provider (ASP) that serves the client in new and innovative …

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