Every business needs a legal and business structure, both for day-to-day operations as well as a business exit strategy. A business exit strategy is often associated with building the company with a future sale in mind. Yes, there are other reasons for a business structure, one that contemplates not only business operations and insulation from liability, but also provide for sudden departures of shareholders or members due to death, illness, or withdrawal.
There are three doors to file a USPTO trademark application. Whether you file on your own or hire a trademark attorney, it’s helpful to understand the three common ways to file your USPTO trademark, and the procedures used by the Trademark Office to decide if your UPSTO trademark application will be approved. The three ways include the Intent to Use Trademark Application, the Actual Use application, and for foreign applicants, to file using an existing foreign trademark application or registration as the basis for a USPTO trademark. The Intent to Use Trademark requires a second step, namely to file a Statement of Use Trademark.
Clients and marketing professionals are often confused as to the difference between registration of a domain name and registering a trademark or service mark. Domains names are not trademarks. A domain is nothing more than an Internet address, much like the street address where you live. Domain names do not afford protection against use of the domain name for competitive products or services unless separate trademark rights are established and registered.