Examples of Trademark Infringement

Examples of Trademark Infringement

If you own a business or create content, you probably come into contact with trademarks quite regularly. Whether you use them in your own line of work or deal with clients or competitors who do, it’s important to recognize and understand examples of trademark infringement. Recognizing trademark infringement not only…
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International Trademark Classes

Why You Need to Know About International Trademark Classes

An important part of protecting your business is protecting your intellectual property. When you decide to register a trademark, you need to make sure you know what you are applying to protect. The international trademark classes related to your good or service help clarify what trademark rights you are claiming.…
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Likelihood of Confusion

How You Can Avoid Creating a “Likelihood of Confusion”

There’s no doubt you have put a lot of effort into your business and your brand. If you've been following my blog and podcast, you'll know that you need to create a unique and distinctive brand to avoid creating a likelihood of confusion with other brands in your industry. When…
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How to Write an Article

How to Write an Article for your Blog

Whether you're looking to promote your business or develop your personal brand, strategic content marketing can help you reach your goals. Successful content should attract a defined audience by offering them useful information in a concise, focused way.  Read on for tips on how to write an article that works…
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Common Law Trademark Rights

Common Law Trademark Rights

What are your common law trademark rights? If you are thinking about starting a business, it’s crucial that you protect yourself and your product. Equally as important, you need to make sure you aren’t violating anyone else’s trademark rights. If you have a product or service and you want to…
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Feeling stuck

Feeling Stuck? Here’s How You Can Move Forward Anyway

Sometimes when you are feeling stuck in life, you feel like you can’t make any changes, like you are glued in place in your job, your circumstances, maybe just your life in general. Having this feeling can cause you to feel restless, confused, and maybe even a little bored. You’re…
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What Are My Values?

Your values help you make decisions and figure what your sense of right and wrong. Determine your values to get the most out of the choices you make!
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Discovering Who You Are

Discovering Who You Are

Discovering who you are is a lifelong journey. Keep in mind some of these factors that influence your identity while you reflect on self-discovery.
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How To Be Consistent

How To Be Consistent

Learning how to be consistent can be tricky. When I was about 14 or 15 I decided that I would begin doing pushups every morning. Every week, I would increase the number of pushups I did by ten—some weeks, I had to repeat the same number as the week prior, but…
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What's my gift?

What’s My Gift?

No one can tell you what your gift is but you, but there are some tips to discover it. Everyone has a gift that makes them stand out from other people.
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What is a dead trademark?

What is a Dead Trademark?

A dead trademark happens for many different reasons. It is important to understand how a trademark dies if you have or would like a registered trademark.
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Copyright Infringement

Six Famous Copyright Infringement Cases

As a creator, you want to reap the rewards of your work. Luckily, United States copyright law protects you when other people use your work without permission. The U.S. Copyright Office defines copyright infringement: “As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly…
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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

There are so many people out there who appear to be living life “the right way” but aren’t feeling “right” about it at all. They might have a steady job, a comfortable home, a lively social life, but they find themselves feeling unfulfilled. I know a lot of people who…
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Introduction to Mindfulness

An Introduction to Mindfulness

"Mindfulness" is a term that people throw around a lot these days. With so much out there, it can be hard to understand exactly what mindfulness is and where it fits into your life. Believe it or not, mindfulness can help with everything from work-life balance to time management to…
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Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes to Encourage and Inspire You in 2018

We all have times when we're feeling down in the dumps. Whether it's because we are facing obstacles in our personal or professional life, or if it's because we are caught up in worries, it's helpful to turn to others' words for encouragement. I've put together a list of 60…
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How to Come Up with a Brand Name

How to Come Up with a Brand Name

So you've got your business plan up and running and are starting to wonder how to come up with a brand name. Making the right choice when selecting a brand name for your company is a hugely important step in establishing your business for several reasons. Your brand name has…
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How to Start a Speech

How to Start a Speech

Writing a speech isn’t easy for everyone. Whether it’s because you have a fear of public speaking or if you’re just not sure how to handle the material, there are inevitably some hurdles to overcome when preparing a speech. One of the most difficult aspects of your process can be…
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Genericide

Genericide: What it is and How to Avoid it

Genericide is when a company’s protectable trademark becomes a common noun, or generic. This happens when a brand’s product becomes so common that it's a synonym for the entire product category. When this happens, the trademark is deemed “abandoned” and becomes part of the public domain. What’s really awful about…
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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance: What It Is and How to Find It

Work-life balance is a hot topic these days. For a long time, people seemed to think that the only way to be truly successful in their careers was to make huge personal sacrifices. Many thought they had to wait a long time to start a family, miss important obligations and…
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Breaking Negative Thought Patterns

12 Tips for Breaking Negative Thought Patterns

Negative thought patterns are cycles of negative thinking that can lead to negative consequences in your day-to-day life. These thought patterns can influence everything from your relationships with loved ones to your productivity at work. While I am not a specialist in this field, I’ve included some strategies that help…
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Benefits of Being an Entrepreneur

9 Benefits of Being an Entrepreneur

There are so many benefits of being an entrepreneur that they're hard to narrow down into a list. For me, being an entrepreneur is all about being able to live a certain way. Because I am an entrepreneur, I am able to spend time on the things that matter most…
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Time Management Skills

Time Management Skills

As a lawyer, entrepreneur, business owner, husband, and father, I have so many tasks to juggle each day. For me, time management is crucial. When it comes to productivity, most people would say that they just wish they could get more done with their time. Many people feel like they're…
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fear of public speaking

Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking

I love getting up in front of people and sharing thoughts and ideas. But if you fear public speaking more than just about anything, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 75% of all people have a fear of public speaking. This fear could be holding you back from achieving your…
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Lean Startup

Applying the Lean Startup Philosophy to Your Business

What is the Lean Startup Philosophy? Do you remember learning about the scientific method in high school? It was a way of taking a scientific question, coming up with an answer, and running experiments to see if you were right. The lean startup philosophy is like taking the scientific method…
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JACOB TINGEN

LAWYER & ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR

After graduating from law school and passing the bar, I struggled to find work, pay my bills, and make ends meet. That's when I decided to take control of my future and start working for myself. Now, three years and several companies later, I'm sharing how I launched a successful business, and how you can do it too.

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