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"Should I Register My Trademark?"

The U.S. Supreme Court opens the door to the continued federal registration of REDSKINS as well as other marks thought to disparage others.

Paul Kruse Copyright Trademark AttorneyPaul Kruse Copyright Trademark AttorneyUp until recently, marks that disparaged others did not qualify for federal registration under § 2(a) of the Trademark Act. However, the Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam recently concluded that the prohibition against the registration of such marks amounts to viewpoint discrimination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and, under the strict scrutiny review appropriate for government regulation of message or viewpoint, concluded that the disparagement proscription set forth in § 2(a) of the Trademark Act is unconstitutional. This conclusion was premised in part on the fact that the Trademark Act confers important legal rights and benefits on trademark owners who register their marks with the USPTO.

So, Should I Federally Register My Trademark? 

Yes, although federal registration of a trademark is not required. Rights to a trademark in the United States are granted on a first come, first served basis. One obtains trademark rights by being the first in a given market either to use the mark or to file and successfully obtain a registration. Once it obtains such rights, the trademark owner is entitled to stop newcomers from using similar marks in ways that are likely to cause confusion.

You can establish rights in a mark based on use of the mark in commerce, without a registration. However, owning a federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides several advantages, the most important being that federally registered trademarks are national in scope, regardless of the actual geographic use made of the mark. This national scope contrasts greatly with the limited geographic range of common law trademarks. Additional advantages of federal registration include:

  • The right to use the ® symbol in connection with the mark, which may deter potential infringers;

  • Increased ease of discovery by those doing trademark searches, which helps to prevent the adoption of confusingly similar marks by third parties;

  • A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration, which makes it easier to prove an allegation of trademark infringement; and

  • The ability to recover profits, damages and costs for infringement, including the possibility of receiving treble damages in certain circumstances. 

  • Filing for federal registration provides numerous benefits to a trademark owner at a reasonable expense. As a result, applications for federal registration are almost always recommended for marks that qualify.

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“Best Lawyers” Accolades Given to Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

List Includes 15 Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Nashville, Tenn.—(August 17, 2015) Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today that it is celebrating honors from the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Fifteen of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 list, and attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen as “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for Employment Law – Management.

“We are so pleased that our peers recognized the work our attorneys do every day and the expertise they provide to their clients,” said Sam J. McAllester, vice chairman and member of Bone McAllester Norton. “Our entire firm is proud of each of the attorneys selected for the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

The Bonelaw attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list are:

  • Trace Blankenship for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Non-Profit/Charities Law

  • Charles W. Bone for the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Charles Robert Bone for the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); and Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • John P. Branham for the area of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • William T. Cheek III for the areas of Food and Beverage Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Will is the only listed lawyer for Food and Beverage Law in Tennessee.

  • William J. Haynes III for the area of Employment Law—Individuals

  • Sharon O. Jacobs for the area of Environmental Law

  • Paul W. Kruse for the areas of Copyright Law and Trademark Law

  • Anne C. Martin for the areas of Employment Law—Individuals; Employment Law—Management; and Litigation—Labor and Employment

  • Sam J. McAllester III for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Richard J. Nickels for Corporate Law

  • Jack F. Stringham II for the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

  • Stephanie R. Taylor for Entertainment Law—Music

  • Edward M. Yarbrough for the areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and DUI/DWI Defense

  • and Stephen J. Zralek for the area of Copyright Law.


The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For more information on Bone McAllester Norton and its attorneys, visit http://bonelaw.com.

ABOUT BONE MCALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

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Paul Kruse will Lead Trademark Registration Workshop

Bone McAllester Norton’s trademark attorney, Paul W. Kruse, is scheduled to lead a trademark workshop for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Studio on Tuesday, Aug. 18. In this workshop, attendees will walk through the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s process for a trademark application with Paul and will leave with the application and an understanding of what to do next.

The workshop is ideal for entrepreneurs, professionals and anyone with a trademark that needs to be registered.

This course is valued at $200. Nashville Chamber members can attend at no cost; future members can attend for $40.

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Refinery Nashville | 438 Houston Street, Suite 263

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw Attorneys Help Open George Jones Museum

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys have been working around the clock to help with the opening of the George Jones Museum in downtown Nashville, Tenn. C. Tucker Herndon is lead counsel on the opening of the world-class museum for Nancy Jones, widow of the country legend. William T. Cheek III and Paul W. Kruse have provided liquor licensing and trademark registration services. The museum opens this weekend to coincide with the two-year anniversary of his death.

Visitors will have the chance to see exhibits of “The Possum” in every stage of his life—from singing as a teenager on the streets of Galveston, Texas and his time in the U.S. Marines to his gig as a radio announcer before he hit stardom as a country performer.

The George Jones Museum opens with a red carpet private event tonight and opens to the public tomorrow.

Also launching this weekend is White Lightning Moonshine, which pays tribute to the song that became his first Billboard hit in 1959.

"It’s been great working with Nancy Jones on this project,” Herndon said. “We are so excited for the grand opening of the George Jones Museum and allowing others to have a glimpse into a life that helped shape so much of country music.”

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Intellectual Property Spring Institute will Feature Paul Kruse

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul Kruse has been added to the list of faculty at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Spring Institute 2015. This all-day session will feature experts with advanced experience in trademarks, fair use and licensing.

Paul is a trademark attorney with the firm who helps clients across industries protect their trademarks with high quality, creative and comprehensive services, including trademark clearance, registration and policing. He also handles copyright, right of publicity and domain name matters that touch on trademark law.

The Intellectual Property Spring Institute will take place Friday, April 17, at the Tennessee Bar Center. A total of six CLE credits are available.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse will Join Nashville Chamber’s Bizaroo Festival

Trademark attorney Paul W. Kruse is slated as a presenter at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s first ever Bizaroo, a festival for growing businesses. Paul’s speech on federal trademark registration is intended for budding entrepreneurs, who have questions about getting started on the registration path.

“Redskins – Pride or Prejudice? Does Federal Trademark Registration Really Matter” will address the United States Patent and Trademark Office federal registration process, as well as aspects of USPTO prosecution, along with tactics for issue-spotting around activities that could impact trademark rights.

The Bizaroo “mini conference” is Thursday, March 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 100 Taylor Street in Nashville. The conference will feature sessions with local CEOs and thought leaders sharing their expertise and experience in building businesses.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Where Is My Wine in Grocery Stores, Protecting Your Copyright & More

Bone McAllester Norton has important updates and announcements to share with you, our valued clients and friends, in our latest newsletter. Click here to read the latest on wine in grocery stores, which of our attorneys were named "Best Lawyers" and the advice Stephen Zralek gives about protecting your copyright.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Twelve Bonelaw Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List

Bone McAllester Norton is excited to announce that 12 of its attorneys have been named to the 2014 “Best Lawyers in America” list, revealed in today’s Wall Street Journal and Tennessean. Three of the twelve were also named “Lawyers of the Year.”

The following list represents the attorneys named to the respective practice area lists:

Administrative/Regulatory Law

Charles Robert Bone

Charles W. Bone

Banking & Finance Law

Trace Blankenship

Sam J. McAllester III

C. Michael Norton

Jack F. Stringham II

Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law

Sam J. McAllester III

Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar

Edward M. Yarbrough

Criminal Defense: White Collar

Edward M. Yarbrough

DUI/DWI Defense

Edward M. Yarbrough

Food & Beverage Law

William T. Cheek III

Intellectual Property Law

Paul W. Kruse

Labor & Employment Law

Larry W. Bridgesmith

Anne C. Martin

Non-Profit/Charities Law

William T. Cheek III

Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

John P. Branham

Real Estate Law

Jack F. Stringham II

Lawyers of the Year

Edward M. Yarbrough—Criminal Defense: White Collar

Anne C. Martin—Litigation: Labor & Employment

John P. Branham—Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs

 

Congratulations to each of them on representing their practice and the firm well!

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse will Speak at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Spring Institute 2014

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul W. Kruse will serve as a speaker at the upcoming Intellectual Property Spring Institute 2014, presented by the Tennessee Bar Association. This program will offer sophisticated topics and practical takeaways to IP lawyers related to software and bio-patents, recent developments in copyright law, trademark law, design patents and pre-filing investigations for IP litigation. The conference is scheduled for Friday, April 18 at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville.

Paul’s session, “Trademark Law: Reverse Confusion,” will take place at 9:30 a.m.

More information, including how to register, can be found here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Winter 2013 Newsletter Features Super Lawyers, New Attorneys and an MLK Save-the-Date

2013 has been a tremendous year for Bone McAllester Norton, and we have you, our valued clients and friends, to thank. Our latest newsletter has important updates and announcements, including new attorneys and a save-the-date for our annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.

Click here to read more.

Bone McAllester Norton Client iCitizen Featured in the Tennessean

The Tennessean featured Bone McAllester Norton client iCitizen Corporation Saturday, in advance of the political app’s official national launch in Washington, D.C. this week. iCitizen is an app that allows users to monitor issues they care about, provide feedback to their legislators through polls, track how elected officials vote on issues and monitor which bills they sponsor. Reporter Jamie McGee notes that the most impact of the app will be among people who have a high-level view of happenings in the political sphere but don’t have time to stay informed or engaged.

Read the full article here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

Twelve attorneys with the firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC have been named to the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2014, and three have been honored on the “Lawyer of the Year” list for Nashville.

The Best Lawyers In America list for 2014 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the list.

Attorneys who make the list of “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Ed Yarbrough was awarded the “Lawyer of the Year” for Nashville Criminal Defense:  White-Collar.  He was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for the categories of Criminal Defense Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense White Collar and DWI/DUI Defense.  Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush.  He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Anne C. Martin was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Litigation, Labor and Employment.  She was selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Employment Law and Litigation Law, Labor and Employment.   Ms. Martin is a commercial litigation and employment lawyer, representing both employers and employees. She has been widely published in the areas of employment law and has served as a guest lecturer at the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship.

John P. Branham, a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, was given the “Lawyer of the Year” Nashville award for his service in Personal Injury Litigation/Plaintiffs.  He made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Personal Injury Litigation Law.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Branham has conducted numerous CLE programs, including for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, PESI and the National Business Institute.

Additional Bone McAllester Norton attorneys who made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list include:

  • Trace Blankenship was selected for the list in the category of Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Blankenship advises chief executives, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions and ownership decisions.

  • Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, serves as a classic “Trusted Adviser” to clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues.  He was named to the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.

  • Charles Robert Bone also made the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.  His expertise is in the areas of transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities, officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Larry W.  Bridgesmith was selected for Employment Law and Labor Law.  Mr. Bridgesmith has more than 30 years of legal experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies.

  • William T. Cheek III is the only Tennessee attorney named Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law. He leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice.  He also was named to the list for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

  • Paul W. Kruse, recognized in the categories of Copyright Law and Trademark Law, helps clients protect their trademarks with high quality, creative and comprehensive services, including trademark clearance, registration and policing.

  • Sam J. McAllester III practices in the areas of commercial lending, commercial loan documentation, the issuance of title insurance policies, bankruptcy and financial consultations.  He was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor       Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

  • C. Michael Norton also made the list for Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Norton concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, corporate, securities, regulatory and state and local tax.

  • Jack F. Stringham II, an attorney advising in commercial loan transactions, real estate, banking regulation, venture capital and business matters for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has 36 lawyers with offices in Nashville and in Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing a wide range of legal services. We offer representation for commercial lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters, along with a full breadth of legal services ordinarily required by businesses and entrepreneurial individuals. For more information, visit http://www.bonelaw.com/.

Paul Kruse Talks to the Tennessean about Kraft Foods Ruling

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul Kruse discussed the first round of a trademark dispute between Kraft Foods and Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores in today’s Tennessean. The preliminary injunction will keep Cracker Barrel products off grocery shelves for now.

“Right now, the power is certainly tilted toward Kraft, and Cracker Barrel has a lot of legal work ahead of it,” Kruse said.”

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

Paul Kruse Weighs in on Cracker Barrel, Kraft Fight over Grocery Store Sales

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul W. Kruse offered the Tennessean insight into the lawsuit Kraft Foods has against Lebanon-based Cracker Barrel Old County Stores Inc.’s plan to start selling packaged food items in grocery stores.

“Whatever the judge decides, it sends a signal to both sides on which way he might be leaning on the larger issues in the case,” he said in a June 7 story.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

April 2013 Newsletter Features New Blog, Paul Kruse's Published Article, Habitat for Humanity Build, Attorney Interviews & Awards Won

Bone McAllester Norton released a newsletter today announcing many of the firm's recent news and happenings. From attorneys winning awards and being published to a firm-wide Habitat for Humanity build, this spring has welcomed a lot of activity for both attorneys and staff members.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Paul Kruse Article about Google AdWords Published in Intellectual Property Journal

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Paul W. Kruse researched and co-wrote an article that has been published in a leading intellectual property journal. “Is Profiting from the Online Use of Another’s Property Unjust? The Use of Brand Names as Paid Search Keywords” appears in IDEA: The IP Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 131, 2013. The article sets out to answer whether Google’s profiting from the use of others’ brand in its AdWords program is unjust. Paul's co-authors were Daniel Gervais, PhD, FedEx research professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School; Martin L. Holmes, attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein L.L.P.; Glenn Purdue, managing member of Kraft Analytics, L.L.C; and Caprice L. Roberts, professor of law at Savannah Law School.

Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Paul!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Paul Kruse will Address Google AdWords and the Use of Other People’s Brands on Online Search Results at Vanderbilt Law School

Bone McAllester Norton’s Paul Kruse will participate in a panel discussion about the rapidly changing landscape of the online trademark field at Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, February 14th. The discussion, will include strategies that businesses use (like Google AdWords) and the challenges and opportunities that such strategies present.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Noon – 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Avenue South, #2

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Paul Kruse will Address Google AdWords and the Use of Other People’s Brands on Online Search Results at Vanderbilt Law School

Bone McAllester Norton’s Paul Kruse will participate in a panel discussion about the rapidly changing landscape of the online trademark field at Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, February 14th. The discussion, will include strategies that businesses use (like Google AdWords) and the challenges and opportunities that such strategies present.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Noon – 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Avenue South, #2

For more information and to RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Paul Kruse, Trademark Lawyer of the Year, introduces Trademark Vigilance Program

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Do you know whether or not a new trademark you are about to adopt is likely to cause confusion with the prior trademark of another party? CoreFour will search: State and federal trademark registration records for old, senior marks of others that are likely to cause confusion.

2. REGISTRATION
Do you know federally registered trademarks enjoy a right of priority, nationwide in effect, even in markets you have yet to enter? Our services include:
Assistance with all stages of the application process and registration maintenance up to but not including appeals, oppositions, cancellations or interferences.
3. SURVEILLANCE
Do you know whether or not another party has an interest in or is using a trademark that is likely to cause confusion with your trademark? Each month, we will: Monitor state and federal trademark registration records for new, junior marks of others that are likely to cause confusion.

4. INFRINGEMENT INTERVENTION
Do you know you have a duty to protect your trademarks by taking appropriate action to prevent any likelihood of confusion in the mind of the public? Our job is to: Send letters to suspected infringers and forward replies with comments regarding how best to proceed up to but not including litigation.

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CoreFour services are available for a fixed monthly fee based on the number of classes of goods and/or services covered by your trademarks. The subscription rate is $150 per class/per month plus expenses. Every trademark covers at least one class of goods or services and sometimes more. Complementary subscription rate estimates are available upon request.

PROACTIVE MONITORING AND PROTECTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET – YOUR GOOD NAME
In today’s competitive environment where the quality and price playing fields are increasingly level, trademarks are often the only way consumers differentiate one company from another. Consequently, trademarks play a critical role in driving new and repeat business. Many believe registration is enough; however, it is only the beginning. A comprehensive trademark vigilance program is a proactive, ongoing process involving four key steps. CoreFour offers these services at a fixed monthly fee.

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CoreFour is led by Paul Kruse, who has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals and businesses manage their trademark portfolios. While working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office early in his career, he examined over 4,400 trademark applications and has prosecuted countless applications as a private attorney since. Paul has consistently been one of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006.

Isn’t it time you got the most out of your trademarks?

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Paul Kruse named 2012 Trademark Lawyer of the Year

NASHVILLE – Paul W. Kruse, a partner at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Nashville Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year.

“We are extremely proud of Paul’s work and his accomplishments. He is very deserving of this recognition,” said Charles W. Bone, Chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “Paul is an exceptional attorney and an expert in his field. We’re glad to know that others recognize this as well.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.



Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, added: “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Paul W. Kruse on being selected as the ‘Nashville Best Lawyers Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

Mr. Kruse has more than 20 years of experience in trademark counseling and litigation. While working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office early in his career, he examined over 4,400 trademark applications and has prosecuted countless applications as a private attorney since. Mr. Kruse has been consistently selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2006.



Mr. Kruse is an active member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association having acted as Chair on more than one occasion. He is also a member of the Nashville Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his juris doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.