10 Things You Can Copyright

10 Things You Can Copyright

The U.S. Copyright Office has registered an average of 516,000 Copyrights per year since 2000.  Following are 10 Copyrightable Subject matter and examples that can apply for copyrights registration.  If you have created any of the original works listed, contact our...
Can My Landlord Raise My Rent?

Can My Landlord Raise My Rent?

Rent Stabilization, or rent control, puts a limit on the landlord’s ability to evict tenants and increase rent. This serves to protect tenants both from unreasonable price increases and also from wrongful evictions. These regulations serve to limit a landlord’s...
Can I Trademark My Name?

Can I Trademark My Name?

  Celebrities including 50 Cent[1], Jennifer “JWoww” Farley[2] (from Jersey Shore) and Madonna[3] have all secured trademarks in their names.  The ability of a person to trademark their name depends on use of the mark and whether the mark has acquired...
How a Trademark Can Protect Your Brand

How a Trademark Can Protect Your Brand

When building a new business, the importance of a brand should not be underestimated. Proper branding allows customers to find and recognize your products, as distinguished from competitors and knock-offs.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers...
What Does Patent Pending Mean?

What Does Patent Pending Mean?

The term “patent pending” is entering our mainstream vocabulary thanks to reality based entrepreneurial shows such as Shark Tank and prominent displays on the shelves of any home goods store.  The term “patent pending”, also shortened to “pat. pend.”,...
How to Apply for a Presidential Pardon

How to Apply for a Presidential Pardon

November and the presidential election are fast approaching, but President Obama will not relinquish power until January, 2017.  President Obama, like most presidents before him, has been pardoning federal criminal offenses as he nears the end of his term.  He has...