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Brand Bullies- Entrepreneurs draw legal action over common words

MILWAUKEE - When Remy Konitzer was devising a name for his bar and grill concept, he wanted to come up with an original title, so he didn't leave things to chance.

Before the Janesville fixed-base airport operator and entrepreneur applied for a name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), he checked to see if anyone else had a similar na......

Full article >>> going for a federally registered trademark. I do not intend to back down," Konitzer said. "I have the resources so I don't have to."

While trademark owners have an obligation to protect their marks, they may overreach in determining how much effort they have to put into protecting their marks when consumer confusion is unlikely, observes Konitzer's attorney, Rob Petershack of
"But, when you use common fairly descriptive words like "monster" or "entrepreneur" as your trademark, any claim of fame for that mark as a basis for broad trademark protection is much more difficult to make," Petershack says. "This is e......

Full article >>> href="">BizStarz and filed for personal bankruptcy in 2001. Smith continues to carry on the fight against what he sees as heavy-handed tactics by larger companies that tend to pick and choose their battles over trademark infringement.

"If you use Entrepreneur Magazine's logic, they say that they are one of the first users of this name in the magazine world, so ......

Full article >>> 0 just to respond to the notice of opposition. That's too much. I am a young entrepreneur, and to put up that kind of cash didn't seem worth it to me."

According to Smith, others who have met with a similar response from EMI include a computer game manufacturer, and, an online service for entrepreneurs for business to learn how to run their businesses better, Smith say......

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