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Trademarks – Copying and Imitation in the Marketplace

In our competitive free economy, copying and imitating business concepts and market trends in the public domain is the general rule, protected intellectual property (e.g., trademark, copyright, patent) is the exception. Copying and Imitation as Fair Competition "The Creative Commons proposed in 2010 the Public Domain Mark (PDM) as symbol to indicate that a work [...]

Trademarks – Copying and Imitation in the Marketplace2021-02-11T16:28:58+00:00

Trademark Unfair Competition

Trademark Unfair Competition It is basic public policy that free competition drives our economy.  It follows that the "imitation" and “copying” of creative ideas and concepts is a very important part of a free market's success.  Once ideas, concepts and inventions are in the public domain, they may be freely copied with limited exceptions.  [...]

Trademark Unfair Competition2021-02-11T15:38:00+00:00

Effective January 2, 2021 – USPTO Trademark Fee Increases

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) is setting or adjusting certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), as amended by the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018 (SUCCESS Act). The changes will allow the USPTO to continue to recover the [...]

Effective January 2, 2021 – USPTO Trademark Fee Increases2021-01-05T20:12:24+00:00

Trademark Economics

Trademarks promote economic efficiency in the marketplace in at least two ways: (1) trademarks encourage businesses to create, manufacture and promote quality products, and (2) trademarks reduce customer costs related to shopping and making purchasing decisions.  . UCLA economists A. Alchian and W.R Allen co-authored Exchange and Production: Competition, Coordination, and Control.  The authors [...]

Trademark Economics2020-07-09T18:32:50+00:00

CARES ACT Stimulus Checks for Individuals and Families

The massive coronavirus stimulus bill is expected to clear Congress today.  Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, here is a FAQ regarding the stimulus checks for individuals: How much money is it? The plan provides $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child under 17. A married couple with two children would get $3,400. [...]

CARES ACT Stimulus Checks for Individuals and Families2020-03-27T20:52:06+00:00

CARES ACT Stimulus Loans for Businesses

The sweeping coronavirus aid package set for a House vote today provides $349 billion for the Small Business Administration to guarantee loans to small businesses. The legislation calls for the loan money to be distributed using the existing framework of the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) program. The 7(a) program is a joint partnership between private [...]

CARES ACT Stimulus Loans for Businesses2020-03-27T20:51:06+00:00

COVID-19: Two New Refundable Payroll Tax Credits

Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses The US Treasury Department, IRS and Department of Labor issued a joint announcement that small and midsize employers can take advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar for dollar, for the cost of [...]

COVID-19: Two New Refundable Payroll Tax Credits2020-03-26T20:34:10+00:00

COVID-19: Economic Relief Plan for Small Businesses

Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act The Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act is Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT).  The CARES Act is 880 pages long, consisting of several different Divisions and Titles: A. Division A—Keeping Workers Paid and Employed, Health Care System Enhancements, and [...]

COVID-19: Economic Relief Plan for Small Businesses2020-03-26T17:47:34+00:00

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020 Charleston Stay At Home Ordinance

The Charleston Emergency Stay At Home Ordinance is cited below in full.  If you or your business needs any assistance during this outbreak, please contact our law office. Emergency Ordinance On Stay At Home Section 1. Findings. City Council does hereby make the following findings: WHEREAS, in December 2019, an outbreak of respiratory illness due [...]

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020 Charleston Stay At Home Ordinance2020-03-25T16:58:24+00:00

COVID-19: SBA Disaster Loan Eligibility and Application Assistance

SBA’s Disaster Declaration Makes Loans Available Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, [...]

COVID-19: SBA Disaster Loan Eligibility and Application Assistance2020-03-24T20:26:56+00:00