Get in Formation
May 9, 2016
Dear Beyonce Fans, Clients, Friends and Family:
One of the greatest entertainers of all times is on tour - Beyonce and those ticket prices are hundreds even thousands of dollars. About what it would cost you if you don't to the proper research for our next essential topic...trademark, patent and copyright infringement! Do you remember when Beyonce and Jay Z tried to trademark their daughter's name, Blue Ivy? They lost to Harvard graduate Veronica Alexandra who operated a successful wedding planning business under the same name since 2009. (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jay-z-and-beyonce-lose-bid-to-trademark-blue-ivy-20121022) Most people are unaware that phrases, names and symbols can be trademarked.
As the summer approaches, we always see a heightened number of newly formed businesses. During this time, we get a lot of patent, trademark and copyright issues. The Lanham Trademark Act defines a trademark as any word, name, symbol, or design, or any combination thereof, used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from those of another and to indicate the source of the goods. See 15 U.S.C. § 1127. In other words, a trademark can be in the form of the following:
Group of letters or numbers
Sound (ask Robin Thicke and Pharrell)
Combination of the above
Trademarks are protected by law through state, federal and/or international trademark registrations and/or through common law. A trademark does not need to be registered for the owner of that mark to prohibit others from using it or a confusingly similar mark. So, before you go out and open a dating website called "Single Ladies", call us at the Montgomery Law Firm so that we can keep you in "Formation"!
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Q & A with Eric A. Montgomery, Esq.
Q: Can I still sue someone for using my logo that I paid someone to create for my business even though I have not registered it with the trademark agency?
A: Yes. As long as you can demonstrate your ownership and use of the logo you can still protect your mark or logo. C all us at The Montgomery Law Firm if you need to have these types of claims reviewed for consideration. We have experience in this area of the law.
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