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Trademarking Slogans or Taglines

Slogans are everywhere around us and an important part of a company’s brand.  Definitionally, they are short, memorable phrases used in advertising, often to convey a message about the particular product or service offered by the source companies.  Let’s take a look at some world-famous slogans, the companies that own them, and at least one […]

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Trademarking Logos

Company logos are often the face of companies and have the privilege of making first impressions.  They are essentially illustrations in representation of companies, displaying the attributes and values companies have and want to impress upon the public.  Logos tell powerful stories, sometimes without even containing any words.  From a trademark perspective, logos identify companies […]

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Trademarking Business Names

A company name may be the single most valuable asset a given company has.  It may be worth more than the company’s equipment, inventory, even real estate.  For many companies, the company name appears on or within the following: letterhead, business cards, contracts, building signage, social media handles, hashtags, website description meta tags, blog articles, […]

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Responding To USPTO Office Actions

Trademarks and service marks are not registered automatically, and trademark applications with the USPTO do not always go off without a hitch.  The trademark examining attorney may take issue with one or more parts of an applicant’s (be that an individual, LLC, partnership, or corporation) trademark application, whether the application pertains to a business name, […]

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Trademark Law

Have you ever researched the quantity of trademarks owned by large companies?  The numbers may surprise you.  They frequently own not dozens, not hundreds, but thousands of trademarks and service marks.  A non-exhaustive list of Apple’s trademarks and service marks (categorized separately by type) can be found by a few keystrokes through a search engine.  […]

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Business Law

Small businesses are the backbone of the United States economy, and there is little debate among Americans as to their importance.  The Kansas City metropolitan area in particular is steeped in the practice of and support for entrepreneurship. There are many types of professionals who help make small businesses successful: accountants/CPAs, lenders/bankers, appraisers, insurance agents […]

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Employment Law

Most companies would cease to exist in an instant without workers.  They are the hands, the eyes, and the hearts of almost any business.  Workers, whether in the form of contractors or employees, can be the greatest assets, and greatest challenges, of any given company whether situated in the Kansas City metropolitan area or beyond. […]

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Intellectual Property Law

Hundreds of years ago, intangible assets were hardly relevant.  Physical assets, such as machinery, buildings, factories, and manpower were the primary focus of businesses and well-accepted as the tickets to profits.  Times have changed.  Today, a company’s intellectual property may be the most important asset it has.  It has been said, for example, that the […]

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Real Estate Law

Real estate has been around since the beginning of the world, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Its variations are manifold: commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural, and more.  While some of the modern technology companies may have demonstrated an ability to prosper without a physical presence, many if not all of these companies have founders, […]

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Outside General Counsel

There is a middle ground between business owners dealing with legal issues independently and incurring the significant financial burden of full-time legal staff.  This middle-ground solution is outside general counsel, a service routinely provided here at Kincaid Business & Entrepreneurial Law, LLC ® for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and small and medium-sized businesses throughout Kansas and […]

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