Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Synthetic Marijuana And DUI: What You Need To Know

In order to capitalize on the well-documented rise in e-cigarette use and vaping, manufacturers have started to market "synthetic marijuana" that can be legally purchased without a prescription. These products are synthetic chemical mixtures that resemble the compounds found in the marijuana plant. However, experts agree that these chemical mixtures can have a much stronger effect than the plant-based variant.  That means if you use synthetic marijuana before operating a motor vehicle, you're absolutely at risk for a DUI arrest. Read More 

Vocational Rehabilitation - Positives And Pitfalls

If you have been injured on your job, you should be eligible to file a workers' compensation claim. Once your claim is filed, your employers should have procedures in place that will not only ensure you receive the medical care you need to improve your health, but also the services you need return to work as quickly as possible. One of these services may be vocational rehabilitation. While there are many benefits to this service, the service can also be rife with pitfalls that could possibly cost you your workers' compensation benefits. Read More 

Rival Business Moving In Next Door To Your Own? Do You Have Any Recourse?

If you're a small retail business owner, you're likely already painfully aware of the ripple effects your business's revenue can suffer due to factors outside your control -- everything from weeks of inclement weather to nearby road construction, to your neighbor's refusal to keep loiterers out of the area. However, these situations can seem like minor annoyances when you discover that one of your main competitors is planning to open a business just across the street. Read More 

Working While Intoxicated: Can Drug Use Disqualify You From Collecting Workers’ Compensation?

Employers typically discourage employees from consuming drugs or alcohol while at work or within a time frame where the substances could affect their performance. Unfortunately, people still work while intoxicated. In fact, OSHA found that people tested positive for drugs and alcohol in 10 to 20 percent of workplace deaths. However, the question that many employees want answered is whether testing positive these substances could prevent them from collecting workers' compensation benefits. Read More 

Should You Dissolve Your Business Or File For Bankruptcy?

Owning a small business can amplify the ups and downs that come with any career. When business is good, you may feel on top of the world, and can consider expansion and even franchising plans. When business is bad, you may fear that your entire livelihood and family's financial security could come tumbling down. If your business revenue seems to be steadily declining or you've taken on debt in an attempt to stay afloat, you may be wondering when (or whether) it is time to pull the plug for good. Read More 

About Me

Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Welcome, I'm Darby Church. I'd like to share my journey from retail manager to business owner using this website. My attempts to start a business of my own were complicated by the actions of an unethical party. In short, I shared too much information about my products and they were stolen before I could get the business off the ground. Luckily, I had already filed a trademark for those items, which meant they were protected by the law. I still had to hire a lawyer to help me win the case. I took the complaint to court to end the run of products from my unlawful competitor, so I could start running my business. The process enlightened me about the ins and outs of trademark law. I hope my experience can help you avoid the same pitfalls or fight for your products with help from a lawyer. Thanks for visiting.