Rate Changes – Last Call for Lower Fees!

(In some jurisdictions this post may be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.)

I am raising my hourly and standard fixed fees as of October 1, 2018. I’ll still be charging less than most lawyers with my qualifications and experience, but I will be increasing what I charge to reflect the fact that the world’s not getting any cheaper.

But here’s your chance to get my services at my current lower rates!

If you are a current client of mine, I will continue to charge you my current rates for the next six months (until April 1, 2019.)

If you become a client of mine before October 1, I will charge you my current rates for the next six months (likewise.)

If you add yourself to my mailing list, I will charge you my current rates for your first matter if you become a client of mine within the next twelve months (by September 30, 2019.) Don’t worry, I don’t send out a lot of emails – mostly just notices when I post on my blog or something interesting happens in the world of intellectual property law. I don’t share my mailing list with anyone, ever.

If you’d like to become a client, here’s a page with more information: Retaining Me As Your Attorney

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As always, thanks for reading!

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Forming a Legal Entity/Corporation/LLC/ETC – The Basics

(The author provides legal services related to the topic of this post. In some jurisdictions this may be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.)

A Tweet I got this evening:


Well, I am nothing if not accommodating, as long as it doesn’t, you know, involve much actual work. And for a transactional lawyer, answering this question doesn’t really involve much work. So here we go! Read The Rest

Is The #Cockygate Closed? (Updated x2)

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Previous posts on Cockygate:

Romance Author Gets Unduly Cocky Over Registered Trademarkhttp://legalinspiration.com/?p=503

#Cockygate Take Two: This Time It’s Judicial: http://legalinspiration.com/?p=538


Hello, friends!

Well, it’s been a weird ride. And although it seems like it’s been forever, in Federal court case terms, it’s been a fairly short one. Yesterday Faleena Hopkins and Hop Hop Productions filed a Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice in Hop Hop Productions Inc. v. Kneupper et al:

Motion to Dismiss – Hop Hop Productions Inc. v. Kneupper et al

If the judge grants the motion, and he almost certainly will, this means is that neither plaintiff (Ms. Hopkins or her company Hop Hop Productions) can file another lawsuit against the same defendants for the same legal causes of action based on the same facts. (That’s the “with prejudice” part.)

So is the #Cockygate closed? Will our sexy roosters now stay safely within the barnyard of alpha romance tales?

Maybe.

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Appearance On The “Deadman’s Tome” Podcast!

I was flattered to be asked to appear on the “Deadman’s Tome” podcast recently. While the podcast is primarily oriented toward horror fans, the host, “Mr. Deadman,” ran across the #CockyGate saga on Twitter and wanted to discuss the general issue of registering simple words as trademarks for book series. We talked about what trademarks are, how they work. and what’s going on with the #CockyGate lawsuit and PTO process. We also talked about lootboxes and I displayed my utter inability to commit to a favorite horror movie. Check it out!

Deadman’s Tome Podcast – Marc Whipple on #CockyGate and more

As always, thanks for reading!

Marc

#Cockygate, Take Two: This Time It’s Judicial (UPDATED #2)

As usual: I am an attorney, but nothing herein should be viewed as legal advice. I am writing on the basis of both known facts and allegations, and if those allegations are changed or proven incorrect my analysis would likely change as well. You should consult an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction and familiar with the relevant law before making legal decisions.

5/30/18: Click here to go to the update at the end of this post.

6/1/18: Click here to go to the update at the end of this post.

Faleena Hopkins, the protagonist (or antagonist, depending on your POV) of the “Cockygate” saga, which I addressed in this post, has taken her grievances to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. (That’s the Federal District Court that covers New York City and its environs.) She has sued:

  1. Kevin Kneupper, the attorney who filed a Petition to Cancel her trademark registration for “COCKY”.
  2. Tara Crescent, an author who has published romance novels incorporating the word “Cocky” in their titles.
  3. Jennifer Watson, a publicist participating in the promotion of an anthology called “Cocktales” specifically set up to raise funds to help people who have incurred legal expenses related to the “COCKY” mark and similar sorts of marks. NOTE: Multiple persons have alleged that Ms. Watson was not involved in the creation and publication of the anthology, as I originally stated. Assuming they are correct, I regret the error.

The plaintiff has asked for a lot of things in her complaint. She wants the court to declare that her mark is valid. She wants a declaratory judgment that her mark isn’t infringing any mark of the defendants, or any other right of theirs, and an injunction to stop all the defendants from, essentially, harassing her about her mark and her use of it. She wants the people who are selling allegedly infringing books to stop it and to pay damages to her for doing it. As far as Kneupper, who hasn’t published any allegedly infringing books, she wants the court to order the USPTO to dismiss his Petition to Cancel her registration, with prejudice. (That means he can’t re-file it later, as opposed to a dismissal without prejudice, which means he could correct it and try again.) And, finally, she wants attorney’s fees from everybody.

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