Trademark Consent and Coexistence Agreements

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 08.24.2020

  Usually, an entity registers their trademark to prevent consumer confusion and/or unpermitted use of their valuable branding. However, due to the sheer volume of new businesses annually and their tendency for rapid growth, it is not uncommon for two or more companies to use extremely similar marks without knowledge of the others’ existence. Most Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” List

By: BrownWinick | 11.01.2019

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings[i]. The tenth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings on November 1, 2019. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a Read…

Claiming Color as Part of a Trademark

By: David Breiner | 09.19.2019

A trademark is a symbol used in commerce to identify a source of goods and services. This symbol often takes the form of a logo, word(s), and/or phrase. Trademark protection comes from using a trademark in commerce. However, trademark protection may be enhanced by filing the trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  A typical Read…

Bankrupt with Bygone Rights: Supreme Court Tackles Tough Trademark Issue

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 08.22.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mackensie Graham, and BrownWinick attorney, Jordan Meggison-Decker In a recent Supreme Court case that bridged the areas of law between intellectual property, contracts, and bankruptcy, trademark licensees came away with a win. To best understand the May 2019 decision in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, let’s start with Read…

BrownWinick Attorney Camille Urban Named 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the Des Moines Area

By: BrownWinick | 08.15.2019

BrownWinick attorney Camille L. Urban was recently recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trademark Law in the Des Moines area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

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BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

Principal Trademark Registration vs. Supplemental Trademark Registration

By: BrownWinick | 11.08.2018

Prosecuting a trademark at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of the most strict administrative proceedings in the world. The USPTO is very active in examining applications and is constantly policing the trademark registers. Yes, that says registers, as in plural. There is actually more than one register available to those Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2019 “Best Law Firms” List

By: BrownWinick | 11.02.2018

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings. The ninth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings on November 1, 2018. Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellent with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving Read…

How to Raise Money for Your Business – Part 2: Micro-Loans

By: BrownWinick | 09.19.2018

Getting a business started is like approaching a massive steel wheel. There are no axels, no motors, just you, an idea and the wheel. The wheel is stationary. Like Atlas, you shoulder the wheel and start to press with all your strength. The wheel budges a little. The more effort you put in, the more Read…

How to Raise Money for Your Business – Part 1: Grants & Programs

By: BrownWinick | 08.20.2018

Quick’s Design & Construction is what I called my failed business. My 20-year-old self started a construction business with the goal of paying my rent while completing my engineering degree. I was young and energetic with 6 years of industry experience. What could go wrong? Three years later I was selling my tools, trailer, and Read…