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Memorial Day: A Time to Honor and Reflect

On Memorial Day, we honor and mourn the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a trademark lawyer and the owner of The Trademark Place, I have a special appreciation for Memorial Day. Not only because it reminds me of the importance of protecting our intellectual property rights, but also because it connects me to my personal history and values.

Choosing a Trademark Name That Can Be Protected

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design, or combination of these elements that identifies and distinguishes the source of your goods or services from those of others. A trademark can be a valuable asset for your business, as it can help you build brand recognition, customer loyalty, and goodwill in the market.

However, not all trademarks are created equal. Some trademarks are stronger and more protectable than others. The strength and protectability of your trademark depend largely on how distinctive it is. Distinctiveness is the ability of your trademark to identify your goods or services as coming from a single source and not being confused with other marks.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) uses a sliding scale to evaluate the distinctiveness of trademarks. On this scale, there are five levels of distinctiveness: generic, descriptive, suggestive, arbitrary, and fanciful. The higher your trademark is on the scale, the stronger and more protectable it is.

How to Conduct a Trademark Search

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, design, or combination of these elements that identifies and distinguishes the source of goods or services of one party from those of others. A trademark can be a valuable asset for a business, as it can help to build brand recognition and loyalty among customers. However, before you apply for a trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you need to make sure that your mark is not already in use by another party, or that it does not create a likelihood of confusion with an existing mark. This is why conducting a trademark search is an essential step in the trademark process.

Who Owns the IP Rights to NFTs?

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have quickly become a hot topic in the world of intellectual property. These digital assets are unique, indivisible, and cannot be replicated, making them highly valuable and sought-after. But with this new technology comes a lot of questions, including who owns the intellectual property (IP) rights, including trademark rights, to NFTs.