Trademark Series Part 3: State Registration


In addition to the federal registry (The United States Patent and Trademark Office), you might want to think about your state registration. The USPTO oversees federal registration for trademarks. The USPTO offers national protection for your mark. To register a mark at the state level, you must file an application with your state’s trademark office. […]

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Is Incontestability Contestable?


Trademark Series: Part 2 In Part 1 of our trademark blog series (click here), we discussed the status of incontestability in trademark law. Incontestability seems like a sure thing- the registrant has exclusive right to use the registered mark in commerce. But, with all things legal, there are exceptions. Many people hear the word “incontestable” […]

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Your trademark is finally federally registered. Now what?


Part I: Trademark Incontestability After federally registering your trademark you might think that you’re done dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but, unfortunately, think again. You still have one more deadline to abide by if you want to permanently strengthen your registered rights. As the proud owner of a federally trademarked […]

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First time offenders in North Carolina


The legal process can be tricky and stressful for first time misdemeanor offenders in North Carolina Some of the most common charges we encounter in our Raleigh criminal law practice involve drug and alcohol related offenses.  This can be a very scary and stressful time for for time offenders and especially when they her the […]

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