Finding out someone else has registered a trademark you’re using in your business can really sting. But so long as you started using it first, not all is lost.
In this week’s episode you’ll learn:
- What winning the race means when it comes to trademarks and defending your rights
- What the “opposition period” is and why it is crucial to monitor the USPTO Gazette if you’re relying on common law trademark rights
- How a cease and desist letter may stop a similar trademark application in its tracks
- When the USPTO will actually deny a trademark application for a similar trademark without you lifting a finger
- How challenging a trademark that’s the same as or similar to yours after a certificate has been granted can be more difficult, but not impossible
- Why, in order to defend your trademark rights, you have to actually be using your trademark
Key takeaway: Challenging an application for a trademark that’s the same or similar as yours is not an area of legal you want to DIY. Consulting with a trusted legal advisor who specializes in trademark law is the best way to defend your trademark rights and prevent brand or product confusion.
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Next week is the final episode of Season 3 of the Legal Road Map® podcast, all about when you must register a trademark.
I'm so excited to bring Season 4 to you - it's all about legal for course creators - so be sure to stay tuned!
USPTO Official Gazette, published weekly: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/official-gazette/trademark-official-gazette-tmog
This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.