March's featured article

Trademarks Litigation Tactics Study

Toni Hickey : Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

On March 19, 2010, President Obama signed S. 2968, Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendment Act of 2010, into law as Public Law 111-146. Included in the new law is a study that tasks the Department of Commerce, in coordination with the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, to study the effect of trademark litigation tactics on small businesses. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting feedback from U.S. trademark owners, practitioners and others, including you, our independent inventor community, regarding their experiences with trademark litigation tactics, especially those that may involve an attempt to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to trademark owners. Please respond to our request for comments.

The USPTO also invites you to join representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Commercial Service February 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wayne State University in Detroit for the Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace seminar designed to grow your export sales and protect your intellectual property overseas. Learn the tools for identifying your intellectual property assets, including trademarks, domain names, patents, trade secrets, and copyrighted works. Participate in a lively discussion on trademark litigation tactics. Learn what every small business should know about intellectual property. The myths, mysteries and mistakes will be debunked, unveiled, and corrected.

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The USPTO gives you useful information and non-legal advice in the areas of patents and trademarks. The patent and trademark statutes and regulations should be consulted before attempting to apply for a patent or register a trademark. These laws and the application process can be complicated. If you have intellectual property that could be patented or registered as a trademark, the use of an attorney or agent who is qualified to represent you in the USPTO is advised.