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Ever wonder how crafters and other small businesses find out about newly registered trademarks? It actually really easy: Each Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office sends out the Trademark Official Gazette.
What is Included in the Trademark Gazette?
- Trademarks published for opposition. These are trademarks that are in the process of trademarking. Trademarks that are open for opposition can be opposed if you feel that there is a reason that the trademark should not be granted. You (or preferably your legal team) can start the process of opposing a trademark at this link.
- Newly registered trademarks.
- Trademarks where registration has been canceled.
You can find the USPTO Trademark Official Gazette at this link.
Personally, I think that the business market is having a trademark crisis. Each day, new trademarks are registered for common phrases that have been used for decades. I don’t have a solution, because it isn’t illegal to register trademarks – but it is certainly becoming a nuisance for small business crafters. Read more about trademarks on Cutting for Business by clicking here.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.