For any online seller or vendor that has a brand it wants to protect, the new Amazon Brand Registry offers tremendous value. In order to join the registry, however, you must have a “standard character” trademark registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). “Standard character” mark means text only, no design or logo.
In 1995, then Chief Judge Judith Kaye established the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court as a forum to improve the efficiency with which commercial disputes were addressed by the courts and, at the same time, to enhance the quality of judicial treatment of those cases.
New York State has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and with respect to the issuance of concealed carry weapon licenses (“CCW”), New York is considered a “may issue” state. That is, the jurisdiction is one that requires a license to carry a concealed handgun, and where the granting of such licenses is largely at the discretion of local authorities.
In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned that the frequency, severity and distribution of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) was increasing worldwide. (USEPA, Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms, Office of Water, EPA 820-S-13-001, May 2013). Subsequently, the Centers For Disease Control found that HABs appear to be rapidly increasing along our coastlines, as well as in our surface waters.
Trademark owners are often targeted by companies with official looking letters purporting to be from an official government agency. These companies usually have the word “trademark” in the name, e.g., “Patent & Trademark Bureau” or the like, and their purpose is to extract an exorbitant amount of money from you. The only official agency in the United States that registers trademarks is the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and the USPTO will never send you a letter asking for money or soliciting a service. Other companies will try to sell you services that are completely worthless. Do not fall prey to these companies. Call your attorney or the USPTO directly if you are unsure what to do if you receive one of these letters concerning your trademark, or trademarks in general.
At a time when unity on any issue in Washington, D.C. is a rare commodity, it was gratifying to see lawmakers quickly pass a significant expansion to the education benefits for U.S. military veterans. The Bill, called the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, flew through both the House of Representatives and the Senate in the span of three weeks, passing both by unanimous votes. The Bill made its way to the desk of President Donald Trump where he signed it on August 16, 2017, with little fanfare. Lawmakers and veterans alike have heralded the GI Bill expansion from its introduction approximately one month ago through its passage in the House and Senate – calling it a “shining example” of bipartisanship.
In today’s Google®-world, for small companies, the answer is… EVERYTHING.
Marketing and branding always have been important for businesses, but with many potential customers searching Google® or other search engines for local businesses, a bland, descriptive name will not likely get you any new customers, or, for that matter, any repeat customers that once knew and may have forgotten the name of your business.
Adverse Possession is when a person makes a claim to real property not based on buying it or receiving a deed for it but because they have possessed or occupied the property in a manner adverse to the true owner. The concept, dating back in English history, is that a person can make a claim to property by using it in such a way that the true owner should know of the use and exert its ownership by “ejecting” the possessor. In modern times this is done through an ejectment action in court.