Jan
07

Key Considerations in Patent Monetization

Corporations and individual patent owners alike are more interested than ever in seeking to generate revenue from their patent holdings. That revenue can come in the form of a one-time lump sum payment, a running royalty stream, some combination of both or even some other creative financial structure. Companies both large and small may be … Continue reading »

Sep
03

The Phillies Strike Out At The TTAB

If you are a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies you probably already know it has been a tough season. The team has lost more often than it has won and now the losing streak extends to the TTAB. See the recently published case The Phillies v. Phila. Consol. Holding Corp., T.T.A.B., No. 91199364, decided August … Continue reading »

Jul
02

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? … Continue reading »

Apr
11

Four Underutilized Tools at the Trademark Office

When you have been practicing trademark law for more than 20 years, you pick up a few tricks along the way.  Below is a list of tools that are available to all—but frequently seem to be underutilized, misunderstood, or both! Letter of Protest.  These are a great tool to call particular facts to the attention … Continue reading »

Feb
21

Key Considerations in Patent Monetization

Corporations and individual patent owners alike are more interested than ever in seeking to generate revenue from their patent holdings. That revenue can come in the form of a one-time lump sum payment, a running royalty stream, some combination of both or even some other creative financial structure. Companies both large and small may be … Continue reading »

Nov
30

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 … Continue reading »

Jan
26

Trademarks Across Borders: How do Canadian and US TM Procedures Differ?

Canadian and US trade-mark procedures have much in common, but there are also many differences. For this reason, it is important to have trade-mark professionals on both sides of the border to assist you in navigating each country’s laws. This post will highlight a few of the key differences between US and Canadian TM prosecution. … Continue reading »

Jan
23

A Tour of Duty: Symbus Provides In-House Secondment Trademark Attorney Services

I am pleased to announce the new Symbus “secondment” services. If your trademark team needs an attorney on location to assist with a special long term project or to provide coverage for an employee on family leave, consider contacting me at Symbus Law Group. U.S. attorneys are often unaware of the concept of secondment attorneys … Continue reading »

Sep
21

Do You Want Your Brand Associated with an Adult Web Site?

You may have already heard that the adult industry will soon have its own .XXX generic top level domain.  Trademark owners that do not want to have their trademarks registered as part of an adult site can apply to “block” registration of a particular .XXX domain name. The most likely targets for the .XXX problem … Continue reading »

May
02

Os, (R)s and TMs

I recently wrote a blog post about my high-efficiency grocery shopping habits. In it, I characterized a fellow shopper by the contents of her shopping cart including the ubiquitious Honey Nut Cheerios ®. Now, I did not include the ® symbol in my piece, even though I am a trade-mark lawyer and, technically speaking, I … Continue reading »

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