How to Protect a Trademark as Collateral on a Loan (Part 1)

Working for a firm that does a high volume of work with intellectual property allows for deeper dives into IP-related issues. One example involves situations where a lender has loaned money to a person with collateral for that loan being an item of intellectual property, such as an interest in a trademark. Whoa! Can a … Read more

When to Hold On, and When to Logo

Logos can be an effective tool. Like word marks, logos can be used to help consumers draw a connection between goods/services and the source of those goods/services. With especially prominent logos, that connection can even be drawn without words (think of a particular swoosh for shoes or golden arches for burgers). With that potential in … Read more

The Tug of War of Mark Strength

We often have clients asking about using weak versus strong marks.  This usually comes up because they want to use a descriptive mark and are asking why they shouldn’t.  There are legal arguments to be made, but I find the most useful framing is about how the client wants to spend their money.  And this … Read more

Alcohol Producers: Do I Need a Municipal Liquor License to Serve in my Tasting Room?

As many of you know, a significant portion of the work OG+S does is dedicated to the federal and state permitting that is required to open and operate a new brewery, brewpub, winery, or distillery. Inevitably, after the Federal (TTB) and State (DOR) permits are received, many clients ask, “Do I need a license from … Read more

Our Favorite Holiday: Public Domain Day!

On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public domain.  That means that anyone can copy, share, and build upon that work, but it doesn’t mean the public can do the same for things that are already derived from the original.  What do I mean by that?  Well, the first Winnie-the-Pooh … Read more

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