As a follow-up to my post on Asian domain name scams, I received an email from Christopher Hofman Laursen.
He sent me a link to his post on the same topic where he provides an extensive list of Chinese domain name scammers with names and emails.
Certainly worth checking out!
Last week, I have delivered a seminar on trademarks through Vancouver Business Network.
Among other things, I explained that business owners can file their own trademark applications in Canada because there is no mandatory rule that would require them to use a trademark agent for that. I also said that it may not be such a great idea if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The night after the seminar, I received an email from a business owner who, about a year ago, was shopping around for a good deal to register three trademarks for his business.
Eventually, he decided to file them on his own.
Unfortunately, he now received office actions for all three of them.
One is especially troublesome, because the examiner is of the opinion that the mark is descriptive of the services in association with which it was applied for.
The problem is not with the mark itself, the problem is with the way the business owner drafted the statement of wares and services. He should have worded the statement of wares and services more broadly, so that it wouldn’t be essentially the description of the mark itself. Unfortunately, he can no longer do that, because after the application has been filed, one cannot broaden the scope of goods and services any more.
So the end result is: he saved a few thousand dollars on lawyer fees, yet he wasted a year investing his time, effort and money building a brand he can’t register as a trademark.
Was it worth it?
It is with great pride and pleasure that I can finally announce that Protecting Your Ideas and Covering Your Assets® is now a registered trademark of Mincov Law Corporation.
It was more than just a “file & wait” experience, since the Canadian Intellectual Property Office cited another trademark “Protect Your Ideas” previously registered by another firm against my application. It took some creative effort, including references to French language translation of the trademark, to overcome this objection.
First down, several more to go.
I am also excited to announce that I will be conducting a free workshop on trademarks through Vancouver Business Network on September 17, 2013 at 6PM.
The original title of the presentation “You got a brand. Now what?” was renamed to “How To Protect Your Brand With Trademarks” for greater clarity. But the idea remains the same, it’s not enough to come up with a good name, logo or tagline. As any other business asset, you need to protect your trademarks.
No entrepreneur starts a business with an idea that their business will be just like everybody else’s. How many people refer to Facebook as “Mark Zuckerberg’s website?” Successful brands transcend their owners. This is the power of a brand. And if you don’t protect it, you are not being serious about your business.
The Meetup organizers charge $5.00 at the door, but the workshop itself is free.
Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/the-vancouver-business-network/events/138147612/ to attend this event.
If you are an entrepreneur, you need to know when, how and why to protect your brand.
If you are in the business of brand development (designers, advertisers, marketers, printers, etc.), you will learn how to provide massive added value to your customers at no extra cost to you.
If you want clear, no B.S. answers about your trademarks, you don’t want to miss this presentation.
Today, Mincov Law Corporation celebrates its second birthday.
It’s been a great year.
I was blessed to have served dozens and dozens of clients who are now my best walking testimonials.
I have streamlined a lot of processes and as a result launched the Trademark Factory™ that offers Canadian business owners the best way to register their trademarks in Canada.
In terms of my personal, professional and business growth, this was the best year ever.
Before I start accepting your congratulations and best wishes, I would like to thank all of my clients.
I really mean that.
Maybe letting your customers know how much you appreciate them is considered “old school” these days, but it matters deeply to me. I wouldn’t be here without you and I value that relationship intensely.
I would also like to thank all those who have supported me along this journey. I am so grateful to have you by my side.
Now, time to celebrate! Tomorrow will be the first day of MLC’s biggest 3rd year breakthrough.
If you came to a restaurant and asked if they could make a good steak for you, and the waitress told you that they’re not sure but they are sure going to try very hard – what are the odds you would order it?
If you asked the waitress how much the steak is going to cost, and she told you that it costs $10 to place it on the grill and then the chef is going to charge you by the minute depending on how difficult it is to cook it to the perfect temperature – how likely would you be to order it?
If – not being convinced that they are any good at steaks – you then asked the waitress if they would offer you a refund if the steak would not come out right, and told you that there would be no refunds because they would have invested a lot of time, products and effort trying to the best of their abilities – would you ever order it from that place?
Below is a typical response that a business owner would receive from the vast majority of law firms and trademark agents in Canada to the question how much it would cost to register a trademark in Canada and whether or not the firm would provide any guarantees:
With regard to approximate costs, we attach a copy of our latest Schedule of Fees for your reference. For your convenience, we highlight the approximate costs of preparing and filing a single trademark application as $XXX plus official fees of $XXX. If the trademark application proceeds directly to allowance, the fees applicable to registration of the trademark application will be about $XXX plus official fees of $XXX.
If an adverse examination report is issued during examination, we will docket such response and report to you with our recommendations to overcome the objections raised in the adverse report as well as the approximate costs. The prosecution costs for the matter will vary depending on the nature of the objections raised and the hourly rate of the lawyer preparing the response. The writer’s hourly rate is $XXX. The approximate cost of reporting to you will be from $XXX. Complex objections requiring submission of evidence are subject to highly variable cost.
Most applications take 14 – 18 months from the date of application to achieve registration if there are no significant delays, but if the application is ultimately unsuccessful, we do not offer a refund.
No wonder most business owners are terrified of registering their trademarks in Canada. A low-cost application fee is simply a bait to get the customer in the door to then bill and bill until the application is either registered or refused. What business owner would not agree to pay a few extra hundred dollars after investing a thousand already? And then just another few extra hundred dollars here and there?
Don’t believe me? Call any law firm in Canada and ask two questions:
1. Can you guarantee a fixed flat rate that would cover the entire process from start to finish, including responses to all office actions that may be issued during the process?
2. Do you guarantee that the trademark will be registered, and if the application is ultimately unsuccessful, will I get my money back?
Now compare their response with the answer you will receive from the Trademark Factory:
We charge a flat rate of $2,000 + tax + government fees for one trademark application in Canada (the total comes to $2,690). This amount covers everything from the initial search of registered trademarks, drafting and filing the trademark application to unlimited follow-up correspondence with the Trademarks Office, responding to all office actions, filing the declaration of use, and obtaining the registration certificate.
We guarantee that the Canadian Intellectual Property will approve your trademarks. Otherwise, you get all of your money back, including the fees you paid to the government.
If you use a remarkable name, logo or tagline for your business, the Trademark Factory™ is the perfect solution to register them as trademarks in Canada.
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