Small Business Legal Clinic
NW Ferments is a new up-and-coming Portland-area business. Sue and Wendy have fermented foods for many years as a hobby. When the fermenting company that they worked for decided to move to another state, they decided to open their own company that would bring fermenting to every type of person. They came to the Small Business Legal Clinic in early 2016 to start their own businesses and negotiate the end of their work with the previous business.
Trademark law protects any word, name, symbol or device that a person uses to identify and distinguish one’s goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others. Trademark law protects some of the most important branding tools including marketing strategies, logos, themes, colors, signage and packaging.
The goal of trademark law is to help consumers easily differentiate between products, to facilitate quicker transactions and to encourage companies to invest in their products and brands. Anything used as a trademark must be distinctive and unique.
For more information on trademarks and registering a mark with the federal government, visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website and follow us on Twitter. We will be exploring the latest in trademark law all month long!
Portland company Bee Local is one of SBLC’s 250 clients
The Small Business Legal Clinic put the spotlight on attorney volunteers, funders and our wonderful clients at the SBLC Open House on Feb. 15, 2017 at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt.
The SBLC will begin working with a patent attorney in January 2017 to help a few low-income small business owners begin the patent process. The clients have until January 5th to submit their applications for consideration. Work will begin on the patent process in mid January. Please use this form to begin the process.
One Lewis and Clark legal intern will be selected to work with the patent attorney and the clients. The student must apply to Professor Susan Felstiner by November 18, 2016.
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