Trademark Scams Creating Headaches for Small Business Owners

Man with trademark symbol in hand: MaxFilings Patents and Trademarks Blog

Another way to scam money from small businesses is rearing its ugly head. Last month, a scammer tried to swindle a local coffee shop in Omaha, NE. After applying for a trademark for their business, the owner of Mug Life Coffee began receiving letters requesting payment (more than $2,500) for placing the trademark on various international ... More >

6 Big Ways Small Businesses Contribute to the Economy

Many people have dreams of landing a prestigious job in a large, nationally recognized corporation. While this is a very respectful goal, never underestimate the power of small businesses and how valuable they are to the economy. Currently, there are about 28 million small businesses in the United States which together employ over 56 million ... More >

How to Search Trademarks for Your Business

So, you’ve come up with a clever name or slogan for your business and you want to register your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but now what? In our last blog post, we touched on the importance of protecting your trademark through registration. But before committing to the costly and time-consuming process of ... More >

Protect Your Trademark

Does your business have a unique slogan? Did you create a special logo for your front sign? How do you protect these special trademarks from being used by another business? A trademark is a name, design or slogan that distinguishes your business from your competitors. Success often breeds imitation, and it’s important to protect the unique brand ... More >

Why Running a Trademark Search Early is Critical

Typically, naming your business is usually your first step when incorporating. However, before you set your heart to a name, it is imperative that you ensure that nobody is already using the name. It’s much better to run a search early than to find out after you’ve opened up shop. Failing to check your potential business name could lead to ... More >

EA versus EA: The importance of a Trademark and Patent search

Right now the folks at fitness wristband manufacturer Energy Armor are likely wishing they had hired a business incorporation service, or at least done a trademark and patent search. Instead, they began selling and promoting their wristbands with a logo that video game fans will find eerily familiar. It bears a striking similarity to the ... More >