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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 …

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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

In Business Tips by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

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

In Contracts by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

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 …

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What Are Trademarks & How Do They Work?

In Trademarks by Ben AlbrightLeave a Comment

Trademarks are legally registered symbols that represent a brand of goods or services. There are major differences between owning a trademark and having a registered trademark. As soon as a business begins using a symbol to represent their business activities, they become a trademark owner. To get a trademark registered, a business needs to register with the United States Patent …

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Cannabis Licenses in New Mexico

In Business Tips by Julianna DonahueLeave a Comment

Save draftPreviewPublishAdd title With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico, its time to start thinking about what kind of cannabis business you want to form. One of the first (and most important) steps to do this is to get your license. The state of New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division outlines 10 different kinds of business licenses for …