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Today’s post highlights benefits of federally registered trademarks and provides resources for registering your trademark at the state & federal level.

Businesses often are faced with the choice of whether to register a trademark or service mark with a state or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is well known that state registrations tend to be less expensive and often take less time to apply for and receive confirmation that the mark has been registered. However, there are key benefits to registering your trademark with the USPTO. Today’s post highlights those key benefits of federally registered trademarks and service marks, and provides helpful resources for registering your trademark at the state and federal level.

The Lanham Act
First, let’s start with the basics. Under the Lanham Act, a person who obtains a federal registration that predates another person’s use of…

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued a trio of opinions in 2013 which determine the scope of FINRA's customer code.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued a trio of opinions in 2013 which determine the scope of FINRA’s customer code. The customer code allows customers of FINRA members to initiate arbitration proceedings against a FINRA member.

Background
FINRA is a private self-regulatory organization that has the authority to exercise comprehensive oversight over all securities firms that do business with the public.

FINRA’s Customer Code governs arbitration between customers of FINRA members and FINRA members. (There is also an Industry Code which governs disputes between FINRA members.)

Rule 12200 provides that parties must arbitrate a dispute under the Customer Code if: (1) Arbitration under the Code is either: (a) required by a written agreement, or (b) requested by the customer; (2) the dispute is…

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This post introduces our blog series on due diligence in the purchase and sale of a business.

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” This great Benjamin Franklin quote is a helpful point of reference for understanding why due diligence is so important  in the purchase and sale of a business. The buyer needs to make sure he or she knows exactly what he or she is purchasing. Due diligence offers the purchaser an opportunity to get to know the seller’s company and avoid being caught off guard by an undisclosed or undiscovered issue after the company is acquired. If the buyer fails to thoroughly complete the due diligence process, it is very likely that person will be disappointed in his or her investment.

The due diligence process allows the purchaser to identify the risks with…

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We wanted to introduce our readers to Ryan Hogaboam, who is Of Counsel to inVigor Law Group and currently running our iVLG Tacoma office.

We wanted to introduce our readers to Ryan Hogaboam, who is Of Counsel to inVigor Law Group and currently running our iVLG Tacoma office. We asked Ryan some questions so you could get to know him better.

Where’d you grow up?
I was born in Tacoma, but I grew up in Vancouver, WA

What’s your favorite food?
My favorite foods fit into two categories: pork and seafood. Top contenders in those categories include oysters, seared diver scallops, pork chops, pork belly, and, of course, bacon. I also really like Reese’s peanut butter cups. The ones shaped like eggs have the best peanut butter/chocolate ratio.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Tacoma?
Visiting Tacoma’s great museums has to be right near the top of the list.

What…

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