Trademarks for Entrepreneurs


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What Mugpreneurs Don’t Know

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Last week I went to a webinar on how to become a “mugpreneur” — it was great at casting vision and showing the possibilities of print on demand. What it lacked was a clear understanding of how IP law applies: Just because you coined a short expression to print on a T-shirt or coffee mug … Read more

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TPAC

This is my placeholder post for linking to a formatted PDF of the letter I’m sending USPTO to oppose the Letter of Protest fees. If it’s still looking like this by August 10, it means a pending personal issue escalated and you’ll have to make do with the plain text version. Sorry!

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The Why and How of Frivolous Trademarks

Last updated on June 10th, 2020 What’s behind the rise in trademark applications? Some blame China, but I think there’s more to it. And why and how are so many questionable trademarks registered? At the heart of it, trademarks should protect consumers from counterfeit products; instead, trademark trolling and questionable trademarks limit competition and innovation. … Read more

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Make America Gullible Again

Make America Grateful Again

Last updated on June 10th, 2020 “Make America Grateful Again” is a registered trademark for hats and T-shirts (SN87587829). As if a typical consumer seeing products bearing this “mark” (decorating shirts in large print across the center of the chest) would be gullible enough to think it’s a “brand” and not a satirical political slogan. … Read more

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Failure to Function Example: Widespread Use

Last updated on June 9th, 2020 Love it! Here’s a great example of a term’s failure to function without widespread use on goods. This is a big deal, because in the Merch By Amazon fight against questionable trademarks, USPTO has typically denied Letters of Protest that did not include evidence of many competing products. But … Read more