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July 11, 2012

USPTO to Open New Satellite Offices

By Wendy Marsh The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced its intention to open new regional offices in or around the cities of Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Silicon Valley, California. These offices would be in addition to the Detroit, Michigan satellite office which is scheduled to...

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December 2, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street" Spurs Trademark Filings

By Wendy Marsh While the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations have been dubbed a "revolution" by sympathizers, they have also seemed to spark a revolution of trademark applications filings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The filers have seen the potential for profit by selling T-shirts, coffee mugs, various...

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January 6, 2011

Starbucks to remove name from its famous logo

By Wendy Marsh The Starbucks logo is undergoing a "facelift" that was unveiled to its employees today. The new logo removes the wording "STARBUCKS COFFEE" that surrounds the iconic "sea nymph" logo and gives the nymph a few updates as well, including changing her color from black to green. The...

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December 21, 2010

USPTO satellite office to help with backlog

By Wendy Marsh The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced plans to open the first USPTO satellite office in Detroit in 2011. The office is expected to be the first of several USPTO satellite offices to eventually open in various geographically and economically diverse locations across the country....

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December 16, 2010

USPTO allows "FACE" as mark

By Wendy Marsh The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently granted Facebook a notice of allowance on its trademark application for "FACE". If it registers, while Facebook will not be able to prevent everyone else from using "FACE" for every possible purpose, the application does cover usages in "[t]elecommunication...

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December 3, 2010

When is a Surname, not just a Surname?

By Wendy K. Marsh In a recent decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) reversed the trademark examiner's refusal to register the mark P.J. FITZPATRICK, INC. on the basis the proposed mark was primarily merely a surname and therefore not registerable as a trademark. In re P.J. Fitzpatrick, Inc.,...

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September 15, 2010

Facebook Community Pages may be diluting your brand

On a daily basis, any computer user is likely to hear about Facebook changes, and how those changes may affect one's online privacy. Now, with the social media's most recent addition of Community Pages, Facebook's broad exposure is causing potential problems for brand names. While brands such at Coca-Cola, Target...

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