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Super Lawyers 2022 Announced

In Rising Stars, Super Lawyers by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

Once Again, Business Law Southwest Lawyers Are Honored. Business Law Southwest is excited to announce that 100% of the Partners and half of our Associate Attorneys have been named to the 2022 Super Lawyers List. Super Lawyers: Don Kochersberger and Larry Donahue Rising Stars: Alicia McConnell, Ian Alden and Kameron Kramer “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers …

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What is the Supplemental Register for Trademarks?

In Business Tips, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Trademarks by Kameron KramerLeave a Comment

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two registers for trademarks: supplemental and principal. The supplemental register is reserved for descriptive, surname, and geographical marks that do not qualify for the principal register. Ideally you will be on the principal register, but sometimes, you are asked to be on the supplemental register. You can make arguments against the …

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Can I Trademark the Zia?

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Us New Mexicans are well aware of the ZIA. It appears on our State flag, in the design of the State capital building in Santa Fe, and is used in numerous other places, by both the government and private entities.  But most importantly, the Zia symbol belongs to the Zia Pueblo, and is a sacred religious symbol, having been used …

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I Received an Office Action for My Trademark Application.

In Intellectual Property, Trademarks by Kameron KramerLeave a Comment

What do I do now? Oftentimes, an office action will be issued by the USPTO after you’ve filed your trademark with one or more rejections. An office action will ostensibly always have a response deadline of 6 months. Some of the rejections are non-substantive whereby the mark is not necessarily rejected, but a response must be submitted in order for …

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Finally, Tiffany v. Costco Has Come To a Close.

In Intellectual Property, Trademarks by Kameron KramerLeave a Comment

Tiffany initially sued Costco in 2013 for trademark infringement. Costco got in trouble for selling rings described as “Tiffany” rings.  Costco argued that using a common name such as “Tiffany” did not constitute trademark infringement as it just described a type of ring setting.  The Court did not agree, granting damages in the amount of $5.5 million to Tiffany & …

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6 Traps to Avoid When Starting a Business

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Attorney Ian Alden hosts this informative workshop that anyone starting a business should view. From the pitfalls that come from negotiating bad leases, to forming your company incorrectly, Ian’s advice just might keep your business, in business! Watch the video here. Contact  Business Law Southwest today to discuss all of your business law issues. Business Law Southwest. Business law that makes business sense.

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BLSW Continues to be One of New Mexico’s Fastest Growing Companies

In Albuquerque Business First, Fastest Growing Company by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

For the 5th year in a row, Business Law Southwest has been named one of New Mexico’s Fastest Growing Companies by the Albuquerque Business First. Nominated companies were contacted by accounting firm REDW, to verify each company’s financial information and calculate overall revenue growth. To qualify, applicants must have a large percentage annual revenue growth over the three-year period, 2018-2020. …

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How To Negotiate Win-Win Contracts

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Attorney Ian Alden takes the viewers on a deep dive to discover what it takes to successfully negotiate mutual beneficial contracts. Contact  Business Law Southwest today to discuss all of your business law issues. Business Law Southwest. Business law that makes business sense.

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What Is Personal Liability? (And How To Avoid It)

In Business Tips, Contracts, Corporate Formation, Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Lawsuits, LLC Formation by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

By using LLCs, Corporations, and Insurance to your advantage, you can avoid personal liability. Forming a new business is not enough. Business owners need to engage in a daily practice of proper banking practices, utilizing insurance and proper internal policies to avoid personal liability for company obligations. This workshop is full of helpful hints to keep a business owners’ personal …

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Businesses and Cybercrime

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In the increasingly digital age, cybercrime poses a greater threat to businesses than ever before. When engaging in online business, there is always the risk for cybercrime. CryptoLocker CryptoLocker became a well-known ransomware after being unleashed on September 5, 2013. The attack continued to spread through email attachments until the end of May 2014. The malware functioned by displaying a …