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Should You File a Combination Mark Logo? (Episode 36)

What is a combination mark logo, and should you use one for your online business? In today’s episode I’m going to explain what a combination mark logo is, and my thoughts on whether you should or should not attempt to register one of these trademarks for your business when you are just starting out. What

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Is My Business Name Available… Really? (Episode 35)

Are you wondering if your business name is available for use? Many people do what they believe is a proper trademark search, think their name is available and then don’t know what to do next. That is what we are going to talk about on today’s episode. What do you do after you have done

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How to Pick the Right Name for Your Business (Episode 34)

When you are first starting in business, deciding on the right business name can be tough. But even more difficult may be deciding whether to name your business after yourself or to pick a new brand name for your business. In today’s episode we will review some of the reasons why a brand name might

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What is a Trademark? (Episode 33)

What is a trademark anyway? Most online entrepreneurs are using trademarks in their business and don’t even realize it. Still more entrepreneurs falsely believe that by using a name or just searching for a name to make sure it’s available is enough to give them ownership over their trademarks! Nothing could be further from the

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The White Lives Matter Trademark Dispute (Episode 31)

There is a dispute that is just getting started around the White Lives Matter trademark application that was filed last month. Two radio hosts are now seeing the White Lives Matter trademark application through the USPTO system… but do they have any real intent to use it or do they just want to stop other

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Should You Wait to File Your Trademark? (Episode 30)

Many people think, especially those of you that are just getting started with your online business, that you should wait to file your trademark. In your mind, trademarks are only for startups and established businesses. In today’s episode of The Legal Jim, we are going to debunk the myths surrounding when you should file your

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