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Does Kickstarter Success Equal Trademark Protection?

So you ran a Kickstarter campaign for your new product, it was successfully funded, and the goods are in production. Do you have enough “use in commerce” to satisfy the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s trademark application requirements? Crowdfunding campaigns have become an established part of the marketing landscape. Entrepreneurs often use channels like Kickstarter to launch a new product. More sophisticated and far-sighted entrepreneurs have seen this as an opportunity not just to fund production of a product, but to establish a brand that can live on beyond the initial product offering. Regular readers of this blog know…

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There’s Already a Challenge to the ‘LA Chargers’ Trademark – and It’s Not From the Dodgers

Note: This was a piece that I wrote for Voice of San Diego. You can see the original post and read the comments here. I am a member and supporter of Voice of San Diego, which is the first local nonprofit digital news organization in the country, fully-funded by volunteer donors and community partners. The Chargers announced Thursday morning that the team will move to L.A. – but they made moves to trademark the phrases LA Chargers and Los Angeles Chargers a year ago. The Chargers Football Company LLC (the company that owns the football team) filed applications with the…

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