Intellectual Property: Trademarks
Your business name, or slogan are just as important to your venture as a good business plan, only more so. While all plans are meant to be changed, it is far more difficult to change a business name, especially after establishing brand name recognition, a following or loyalty. A registered trademark is critical in defending your name and reputation against copycats, squatters and imitators. But even in the beginning stages, before investing capital into promotional materials or establishing an internet presence, it is important to ensure that the trademark chosen will not need to be changed a short while later.
Do not be tempted to do this yourself. Seek advice of an experienced attorney, such as Joshua Kaplan, Esq., of Kaplan Law Practice. LLC. Joshua Kaplan, Esq., has built his trademark expertise from case study and real world experience. Let the professionals at Kaplan Law Practice, LLC., a Fair Lawn, New Jersey based law firm, guide you through the treacherous process of obtaining and maintaining a registration for your trademark. Note that because of the nature of the trademark law, our trademark practice extends beyond New York and New Jersey, to the other 48 states.
Trade Name Registrations
- A registration provides trade mark protection across all 50 states.
- A trademark can also be registered internationally. Please contact Kaplan Law Practice, LLC., to find out how.
Due Diligence Studies
- Do not go into business without researching existing use of a trade name or trade dress. It may end up costing you a lot more than just initial capital. Call us if you wish to register or purchase a domain name, or if you wish to import goods from abroad. Remember, not knowing about publicly accessible information is not a defense, so play it safe and contact the Trademark attorneys at Kaplan Law Practice, LLC.
Responses to Trademark Office Rejections
- Joshua Kaplan. Esq., at Kaplan Law Practice LLC., will guide your patent registration from inception to issuance. Although success is not guaranteed, a properly planned initial filing should avoid most prosecutorial pitfalls. However, if you have registered the mark on your own, or with another attorney, we will be more than happy to review your case and assist you in your efforts to procure registration for your mark.
Trademark Infringement Practice
- Cease and desist letters.
- Priming your case for litigation (Kaplan Law Practice, LLC will partner with litigation specialists should a need for a lawsuit arise)
Trademark lawyers know that cybersquatting is increasing at an alarming rate. Cybersquatting is what happens when another company uses a similar domain name to another company in an effort to redirect unaware consumers to malware prompts. Malware is a piece of software written specifically and with the intent to damage devices, steal data, and wreak havoc for consumers. Some of the different types of malware used for this purpose are ransomware, spyware, Trojans, and viruses. Malware not only causes damages to consumers but can also cause damage to the company whose domain they cybersquatted on.
What Is a Malware Prompt?
A malware prompt can take several different forms. Some prompts appear as Google Chrome browser extensions. Other prompts are pop-ups that claim to be a security check to verify that the user is not a bot. Another common prompt is one that claims the user needs to update their flash player. The list goes on and on. But these prompts all have one thing in common and that is to get the consumer to click on them and download software that will collect sensitive and private information stored on the consumer’s device or launch software that will damage the consumer’s computer.
Malware prompts are not just frustrating for the consumer that clicks on them, they are also legally actionable according to courts around the country. Both arbitrators and judges have deemed that cybersquatting and distributing malware is just bad faith intent.
If your company has been a victim of cybersquatting and your consumers have clicked on the malware prompt, this can cause much damage to your brand. There are steps that companies can take to help detect malware and steps that can protect you if this should happen. Talking to an experienced trademark lawyer can help you navigate these particularly complex situations.
How to Detect Cybersquatting
Although some companies discover cybersquatting on their own, the majority of cybersquatting identification and malware discovery is done via professional monitoring efforts. When malware is discovered, your attorney can take the legal steps for enforcement. The first step your attorney will take is to send a cybersquatting demand letter to the domain name’s registrant, website host, or any other entity he or she can identify. Many domain registrars and hosting companies have stringent policies that prohibit trademark infringement and using domain names to launch malware. In most cases, the cybersquatter’s account will be deactivated.
There are several other legal options your trademark attorney has in order to stop the entity behind the cybersquatting. The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) was introduced in 2013 and is used to go after domains that were created after 2012 and are generic top-level domains (gTLD). The URS allows a trademark owner to file a complaint and, if successful, get that domain name suspended.
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is the process an attorney can use to file a complaint against the bad domain owner relating to their bad faith use of the similar domain name. The third option is filing litigation under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) against the entity that owns the “bad” domain name. Call an experienced trademark lawyer from Kaplan Law Practice today so that you can protect yourself from cybersquatters.