Cognate's Trademark Blog

Press Release: Cognate Launches Product Name Listing Platform

(March 29, 2015)- Boston-based startup Cognate has launched a first-of-its kind platform that enables companies to record a claim to each of their product or service names. The launch of this service comes just six months after Cognate introduced their Business Name trademark-listing platform, creating a more complete trademark documentation system. Well over 95% of … Read more

Delinquent Corporation Wins Common Law Trademark Battle

The next federal case where common law rights were in play is much more recent than our first post. This ruling, which also deserves consideration, just came down in August and requires a little bit of background before we get into the court’s ruling. The plaintiff (Southern California Darts Association) sued the defendant, a former member … Read more

Common Law Rights Prevail in Cigar Case

I thought it’d be useful to highlight a couple of federal  cases where common law trademark rights have prevailed over federally registered trademark rights.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting summaries  of cases (along with plain English “translations”) to  highlight the fact that common law trademark rights  are legally defensible. The first case … Read more

Press Release: Launches New Trademark Listing Platform

(September 18, 2014)- Boston-based startup Cognate has just launched the country’s first online platform enabling companies to make a fast, affordable claim to their trademark rights. Over 95% of businesses never register their trademarks or business names with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) because the  system is costly and complicated. Cognate provides a way … Read more