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IS YOUR PRACTICE IN COMPLIANCE
WITH RULE 16-119?

In Business Tips, Business Transactions, Lawyer Succession, Rule 16-119 by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

If you’re a practicing attorney in the State of New Mexico, you must have a NM Lawyer Succession Plan. The compliance deadline is October 1st, 2022. WHAT DOES THE RULE SAY? The New Mexico Supreme Court has mandated that all attorneys practicing law in the State of New Mexico have a written succession plan, either alone or as part of a …

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Business Law Southwest Named One Of New Mexico’s Fastest Growing Companies

In Albuquerque Business First by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

BLSW and L4SB’s Parent Company, Slingshot to be honored at an upcoming event. Accounting firm REDW audited the revenue of companies that were nominated by readers of the Albuquerque Business First to come up with this year’s rankings. Companies nominated for the award needed to demonstrate growth over a three year period to be named a “Fastest Growing Company”. Companies …

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What is an Anonymous LLC?

In Corporate Formation, LLC Formation, Startups by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

An Anonymous LLC is a limited liability company (or LLC) that does not disclose ownership information at the Secretary of State’s Office where the LLC is filed. Such an entity provides the standard benefits that all LLC’s provide, but also provides additional security in the form of anonymity. Anonymity is important to land owners / landlords, abuse victims, politically active …

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BLSW Tops Expertise.com’s List of Litigators

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Business Transactions, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Estate & Probate, Expungement of a Criminal Record, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Lawsuits, Partnerships by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

A Ranking in Professionalism, A+ Ranking in Reputation Once again, Business Law Southwest has been recognized by Expertise.com for their outstanding New Mexico Litigation Team ! Expertise’s Selection Criteria: Availability-Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored. Qualifications-Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards. Reputation-A history of delighted customers and outstanding service. Experience-Masters of their craft, based on …

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Sour Grapes. When Similar Names Create Confusion

In Business Tips, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Trademarks by Ben AlbrightLeave a Comment

Stag’s Leap Wine vs. Stags’ Leap: A Tale of Two Wineries Stag’s Leap Wine, product of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars rose to prominence in 1973 when it competed against wines around the world in the Judgement of Paris and won. At the time it came as a shock that an American wine could compete against a French wine. This …

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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?

In Intellectual Property, Trademarks by Kameron KramerLeave a Comment

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 …