So let's chat about trademarks versus LLCs. Now, what I'm going to do in this episode is I'm going to talk about the difference between these two different legal thingies, trademarks, and LLCs, in a couple of different ways.
For this episode, I've got some thoughts and some recommendations for you to help you figure out when is the right time for you as a business owner to get trademarked. Let's dive in.
I can't think of anything more frustrating than realizing that you've got yourself a copycat. I get messages every single week with somebody who has had their stuff copied. And this is one of the most common concerns I get as a business lawyer. So today I'm just going to give it to you straight. What I am about to give you isn't a legal advice. It's business advice.
Whether you're in the middle of dealing with the copycat right now, or you just want to be...
One of the first things that I tell my clients is that in order for you to be protecting yourself as a business owner and to be mindful of the protections of other business owners, you have to understand this side of trademark law, which is the use of these trademark symbols. So let's get into it.
I can tell you that the biggest reason why trademark applications fail is because the business owner didn't properly search for availability. In other words, there were other registered trademarks that already existed that were too similar to the one that was being applied for. There wasn't a really strong search that took place before the application was submitted.
So today, we're going to talk about why that search is so important. And I'll give you guys some actionable steps...
When we talk about getting trademarked or trademarking your business name or slogan, that language of "getting trademarked or trademarking" is actually super inaccurate.
In this episode, I'm going to walk you through what these trademark rules are and why I am knowingly breaking them. This episode is probably one of the most valuable podcast episodes I will ever do. So let's dive in.