I don’t like to call out other bloggers, but I do it sometimes. People are gentle with my mistakes — Steve Feingold being the model of graciousness this week (as he always is, of course!) — usually.
But if you write a blog and you jack it all up full of SEO juice and it then gets picked up by my daily Google Alert for “trademark” and then I poke around on your oddly-written Minnesota Attorney Blog blog where you have a category called “Minnesota Intellectual Property” — and hey, I know as well as anyone that they do intellectual property in Minnesota, so I’m not going to snark you out on that — and then I find that each post has this canned-SEO preface to it that says, Minneapolis Intellectual Property Attorneys,”… you know, just in case someone’s, like, searching for the phrase MINNESOTA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEYS or something… and I click one of the two posts in this category by these “attorneys…”
It had better be good, brother.
Trademarks do not have to be registered in order to be valid. The person who uses a mark in commerce first obtains a trademark on that mark. This mark indicates where a good or service came from. It shows the source. The person who obtains a trademark on a mark also obtains the right to prevent others from using that mark in commerce.
No. Not good.
Not, not, not, not good.
I feel like Scott Greenfield. But sometimes, somebody’s got to do it.