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The Best Way to AVOID a Trademark Cease and Desist Letter

One of the scariest things to happen when you are building a new online business is to receive a trademark cease and desist letter. As a result of an ever-increasing number of pandemic-induced online businesses, the number of names available through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is decreasing. There are only so many names

Why Thinking You Will Never Get Sued is a HUGE Mistake (Episode 22)

Most entrepreneurs never get sued… until they do. Are you one of those entrepreneurs who puts off legal “because I’ll never get sued”? This is a great way to save some money and time by punting the ball down the road… until it isn’t. But chances are, getting sued by a client or customer is

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What Should You Trademark First? (Episode 21)

Many people are confused about what trademarks they should file first. Should you go with your business name? The name of your podcast? Your slogan or logo, or even you signature course? Today we review which types of trademarks you might have in your business, which to register first, and why you shouldn’t register them

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But My Business Isn’t Ready for a Trademark… Is it? (Episode 20)

Most entrepreneurs who are just starting out think they aren’t ready to register their trademarks on a Federal level. They think that filing for trademark protection is only for large, established businesses. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the biggest legal risks to your business is not securing the legal rights to

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It’s Time to Take Inventory of Your Trademarks (Episode 19)

In this episode of The Legal Jim, I will help you to take inventory of the Trademarks you are already using in your business (no registration required) so that you can decide which marks you need to protect and which you can hold off on for now. Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher

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The Most Common Reason Your Trademark Application Will Get Denied (Episode 18)

If you are an entrepreneur who is looking to start and build a profitable brand online, one of the first things you need to do is claim the legal rights to your name. Unfortunately, there are two huge mistakes that people make when filing trademark applications on their own that will cause their filing to

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How to Build a Brand that is Legally Protected

In this episode of The Legal Jim, we will be reviewing how to properly (and legally) build a brand that not only can you be proud of, but one that you can (and will) legally protect for years to come. There are three main mistakes that I see entrepreneurs make all the time: They pick

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4 Ways to Legally Protect Your Online Business (Episode 16)

In this episode of The Legal Jim, we will be reviewing the 4 things you need to do to get your business legally protected. They include: Creating separation between your personal and business lives; Claiming the legal rights to your online persona (i.e. brand); Protecting your relationships with clients, contractors and vendors; and, Protecting all

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When to Form an LLC for your Online Business (Episode 15)

Today’s episode seems like it is all about LLC’s, but I’ll be weaving in some trademark and branding snippets as well. Here are some of the things we will discuss… What is an LLC? Why is forming an LLC important? Should you form an LLC before you Trademark your name? Why I recommend forming an

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