A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. Although federal registration of a mark is not mandatory, it has several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration. Federally registered trademarks are national in scope, regardless of the actual geographic use made by the mark.
Advantages To Having a Federally Registered Trademark
Additional substantive benefits received through federal registration include, but are not limited to:
- The ability to recover profits, damages and costs for infringement, including the possibility of receiving treble damages in certain circumstances;
- The ability to recover attorneys’ fees in infringement actions;
- The right to use the ® symbol in connection with the mark, which may deter potential infringers;
- Federal registration also makes it easier to prove an allegation of trademark infringement by providing prima facie evidence of trademark ownership and use.
There are certain mistakes made by employers that a plaintiff’s lawyer loves to discover. Below is a short list of common errors made by employers in the workplace that are avoidable.
- Failure to conduct an adequate background check
- Inconsistent recruiting and hiring practices
- Inappropriate interview questions
Mistakes During Employment
- Failure to pay and identify exempt vs. non-exempt employees
- Failure to implement, disseminate, and follow personnel policies or procedures
- Failure to train employees
- Failure to provide job descriptions
- Failure to document promptly and accurately discipline or performance issues
- Failure to provide employee performance reviews
- Failure to provide employees notice under state or federal law when the law requires
- Not conducting exit interviews
- Not making timely payments of all wages due the employee
- Inappropriate internal and external comments
- Failure to provide post-termination required notices under state or federal law