Early Internet marketers disseminated misinformation leaving many Internet businesses with weak or no brand protection. Marketers in their quest to secure easy search rankings, as well as domain resellers seeking to drive up prices, failed to communicate this important message: A generic term will never be a trademark or brand for the product or service being sold.
Why is Branding Important? Branding is vital to the survival of almost any online business. Branding includes the thoughts and emotions that are triggered in the consumer when they see your product or interact with your brand. Another reason why branding is important is that brand names, and logos are brand ambassadors for your business.
Imagine if the recipe for COKE was suddenly disclosed for all to know—a multi-billion dollar business would lose its fizz. The formula for COKE is said to be the most heavily guarded trade secret of all time. So, your company is not yet Coca-Cola, but it could be!
The Internet has been abuzz with warnings that every company should have a written Social Media policy. These warnings have more recently been followed by equally compelling, but contradictory advice that Social Media policies are not worth the time and money, and aren’t enforceable anyway. So what’s a mindful company trying to do the right thing, to do?
Are you a target? If you hold a trademark, the answer is yes. Trademark applicants and registrants are being targeted by scam solicitations seeking money for “watch” service
Apple reached into its deep pockets and pulled out a cool $60 million to pay bankrupt Chinese manufacturer Proview Holdings $60 million for the iPad trademark in China. It turns out Apple had hired a U.K. consultant to buy up rights through IP Application Development Ltd., the U.K. company set up by Apple to acquire
While the advent of online public filing is a huge convenience to the public and legal practitioners alike, there are potential hazards. An entire industry has emerged, calculated to confuse the trademark applicant and extract fees for “watch services” which for many clients are either unnecessary or overly broad. Even worse, applicants who file without
A federal registration for trademarks is vital to any business with branded goods and services. However, that trademark registration is merely an important first step along the path to a strong brand. A critical factor in creating and maintaining your brand is enforcement. There are at least three important aspects of a proper trademark enforcement