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Minneapolis intellectual property attorney Steve Helland

Picking a Good Trademark – Be Intelligent, But Not Necessarily “Smart”

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board affirmed the examining attorney’s refusal to register SMART SERIES because the mark was merely descriptive. 

Oklahoma Pizza Joint Serves Up Lawsuit on Carlson Lynch Law Firm

Oklahoma-based pizzeria Mazzio’s Italian Eatery filed a preemptive “declaratory” lawsuit in federal district court against the Carlson Lynch law firm on February 2, 2016. 

The SEC’s Announces 2016 Exam Priorities

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has published its exam priorities for 2016. According to the SEC, these priorities reflect certain practices and products that may present heightened risk to investors and/or the integrity of the U.S. capital markets.