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Intellectual Property Video
The European Intellectual Property Office has created a Youtube video with a little information about how intellectual property affects you.  Although it is specific to EU Intellectual Property rights, the same basic principles apply in the US.  That flying Segway could really help with the commute here in the Washington, DC area.

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What is Use of a Service?
Under U.S. trademark laws, use of a mark in connection with a service means the mark is used in the advertising or selling of services and the services are rendered in interstate commerce.  It is virtually impossible to place a mark on a service, so the specimen of use required for registration may be advertising or promotional materials, unlike the requirement for goods.  However, the services must be rendered, meaning services are being performed, not just advertised and offered.  If no services are rendered, the mark is not in use.  Keep this in mind when applying to register a service mark.  If an application is based on use, and the mark is not used on any of the goods or services listed in the application, the application is void and no registration will issue.  This differs from a fraud claim, because an intent to deceive the PTO is not required.  If you are not sure, it is best to file based on intent to use. 

Fraud in Trademark Cases
Once again, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) did not find fraud in the procurement of a trademark registration.


Warning About Misleading Notices Concerning Trademarks
Don't be fooled by potentially misleading offers and notices from private companies

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