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Trademark Basics for Business: A Helpful Guide for Identifying, Protecting and Enforcing Your Trademarks

Thursday, March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm • Organized By Venture Cafe St. Louis
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On the 1st week of each month, Husch Blackwell Cortex shares the top legal considerations you should take when launching a company.

For many startups, its first and most valuable asset is its trademarks – whether that be the company name, or the name of your product, software application, or widget. But there is more to picking a strong brand name than meets the eye! Choosing a strong brand name can limit risk associated with infringement and litigation, and position your business to form strong, enforceable rights in the mark against third parties in the future. Strong trademarks can also acquire greater monetary value in the long run as well, which is just good business.

This presentation will assist business owners with understanding the top things to consider when picking a strong brand name, how to go about protecting that brand name, and practical business tools available to you to monitor and enforce their valuable trademark assets, if necessary.

Find out more on:

  • How to choose a strong, protectable brand name
  • The trademark process and timeline
  • Business tools available to you to enforce your trademarks against others

After the presentation, Tara will answer questions to help you analyze the strength of your current or prospective trademark assets and understand the next steps you should take to protect them.

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