Why trademark?

11 Nov

The USPTO tells us some of the benefits of registering a trademark for your business:

Constructive notice nationwide of the trademark owner’s claim.
Evidence of ownership of the trademark.
Jurisdiction of federal courts may be invoked.
Registration can be used as a basis for obtaining registration in foreign countries.
Registration may be filed with U.S. Customs Service to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods.

Wade Neal obtains dismissal for SLAPP defendants

9 Jan

Matt Driscoll at the Weekly Volcano provides the wrap up for Girl Trouble’s victory over Gorilla Productions.

Copyright / Property Law Problem of the Day

7 Jan

NASA claims Lovell cannot sell his Apollo 13 checklist. Hm, a government work of authorship, with equations worked out by a government employee. I wonder if his original contract had a work made for hire clause? Maybe the agreement restricted possession of all government property, intellectual or personal. Hasn’t Lovell possessed the physical copy for decades? Could he make a laches argument? I say yes.

Welcome!

26 May

Wade Neal Law is a boutique law firm offering copyright, trademark, entertainment, business, e-commerce, and internet law services. I am an experienced IP attorney serving clients across the country and in Washington State. I provide legal services to filmmakers, musicians, internet entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses of all sizes. I also offer a full range of legal services, including drafting and review of wills, contracts, leases, and other legal documents. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2006. I live and practice in beautiful Tacoma, Washington.

Services include:

Trademark Enforcement and Disputes
Trademark Prosecution and Portfolio Development
Trademark Transactions
Copyright Enforcement and Disputes
Copyright Advice and Counseling
Internet and Domain Names
Trade Secrets
Commercial Disparagement, Defamation and False Advertising