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Beware of International Trademark Scams

You file a trademark application for your business.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registers your trademark.  Shortly after you receive your certificate of registration you receive a sort-of official looking letter from some organization offering to register your trademark “internationally” for a hefty fee.  This organization has some combination of words including “international”,...

The Panama Papers and New York’s Pointless LLC Publication Rule

In mid-2016, the “Panama Papers” were leaked to a consortium of news organizations.  This cache of 11.5 million documents, leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, revealed a web of tens of thousands of shell companies set up in tax havens, most of which were used to conceal assets or avoid taxes.  The disclosures included links to over 3,500 known criminals, then-British prime minister...

“The Founder” Shows the Value of Trademarks for Growing Businesses

In the new film “The Founder” Michael Keaton’s Ray Kroc takes the concept for an efficient, high quality low cost diner with a limited menu and, through his relentless drive, expands it into the world’s biggest restaurant chain. In franchising the original concept developed by the brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, Kroc created the world’s most successful — and lucrative —...

Trump, Trademarks and Transactions: Considerations for Asset Sales

When he is sworn in on January 20th, Donald Trump will become the first American president to have owned trademark registrations while in office. (Quick quiz: Who was the only U.S. President to have a patent while in office? Answer at the end of the post). Trademark Office records show that he has personally owned 90 trademark registrations, most of which include the Trump name. This unprecedented situation —...

Is Pearl Jam the Last Great Rock Band?

“The waiting drove me mad/You’re finally here and I’m a mess” Behind a pounding beat and thrashing guitars Pearl Jam recently opened the final night of their spring U.S. Tour at Madison Square Garden with “Corduroy” from their third album. From my seat in the middle of the floor I could barely hear Eddie Vedder sing the opening verse because Pearl Jam’s devoted fans were...

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