Trademarks Through the Years

Trademarks Through the Years

As the New Year rolls around, let’s take a look back at the year that has passed in Trademarks. As often as not, a company’s most valuable asset is its reputation as embodied in its name and trademarks.  A registered trademark can be a logo, a brand name, a symbol, a color, a scent, a Read more about Trademarks Through the Years[…]

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas

  The McHattie Law Firm is uniquely equipped to deal with modern businesses’ most valuable asset — its intellectual property — and to manage it with a strategic legal approach in the US. From creation to licensing to sale, we stand ready, willing and able to serve your needs, developing strategies for your opportunities and Read more about 12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas[…]

Flag On The Play, Part Deux

Flag On The Play, Part Deux

As predicted in our November 13, 2014 post, “Flag On The Play”, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has held that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stuck its “subjective nose” so far into trademark owners’ choices of trademarks that the U.S. Constitution has been violated. In re Read more about Flag On The Play, Part Deux[…]

Friday Grab Bag: Going for (Fools’) Gold?

Friday Grab Bag: Going for (Fools’) Gold?

As the world watches this thrilling final weekend of the 22nd Winter Olympiad, legal competition will rage on even after Sunday’s closing ceremony.  In a recent lawsuit from Canada, we are reminded that even an event as glorious as the Olympics can spark a hotly-contested legal battle. The popular winter apparel company The North Face® Read more about Friday Grab Bag: Going for (Fools’) Gold?[…]

Does your employee handbook adequately cover intellectual property issues? *ATTORNEY ADVERTISING*

Does your employee handbook adequately cover intellectual property issues? *ATTORNEY ADVERTISING*

Over the years, The McHattie Law Firm, LLC has received many requests from our clients to review their existing employment manuals and handbooks, paying particular attention to the intellectual property (“IP”) provisions.  Invariably, not one of those manuals provided thorough, and in many cases even adequate,  guidelines for employees on the company’s intellectual property “Dos Read more about Does your employee handbook adequately cover intellectual property issues? *ATTORNEY ADVERTISING*[…]

SNIFFING OUT NON-TRADITIONAL TRADEMARK PROTECTION: Exploring the protectability of flavors and fragrances as trademarks

SNIFFING OUT NON-TRADITIONAL TRADEMARK PROTECTION: Exploring the protectability of flavors and fragrances as trademarks

We all know trademark law protects “marks” or other indicia of origin used to identify the source of products and services such words, names, symbols, colors and even sounds.  However, many don’t realize that trademark law and other intellectual property strategies can also protect non-traditional marks like flavors and fragrances.   Anything that serves as a Read more about SNIFFING OUT NON-TRADITIONAL TRADEMARK PROTECTION: Exploring the protectability of flavors and fragrances as trademarks[…]

BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update

BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update

Attention all intellectual property owners and applicants: Several new organizations, including, but likely not limited to, the “United States Trademark Registration Office,” the “World Database of Trademarks and Patents,” and “GBO INC., Trademark and Patent Dep.” are sending invitations for the payment of fees to United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO) “Applicants and agents Read more about BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update[…]

The Times They Are A’Changing

The Times They Are A’Changing

The amount of money companies are prepared to invest on protecting their intellectual property is a fairly good litmus test for the state of the economy.  There is concern that the current depression in the economy is showing no sign of improving. In a recent article by the Economist Magazine, the number of patent applications Read more about The Times They Are A’Changing[…]

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Can I say that?  Should I be worried about getting sued for using it as my title for this post?  If I was sued, should I be worried about losing?  First, (since I am very worried!) let me say that I am in no way affiliated with ABC Sports, Inc., the registered owner of “Are Read more about Are You Ready For Some Football?[…]