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Excusable Non-Use – A Timely Option

   by Valerie Brennan COVID-19 has caused many businesses to forcibly shutter in the U.S., temporarily, due either to state orders or necessary restrictions to protect employees and patrons.  To maintain federal trademark registrations, however, the owner must make periodic… MORE

Protecting the Trade Dress in Your Store Layout

  by Valerie Brennan Store design / layout protection is a hot topic in trademark and copyright circles at the moment.  Trade dress protection can be added to your arsenal of tools for preventing copycats from profiting off your creativity. … MORE

The How and Why of Trademark Symbols

   by Valerie Brennan Trademark symbols or notices – TM, SM and ® – serve important purposes but it’s not always clear why and how companies should use them.  Here’s a concise guide: Which?  Use TM for unregistered product marks,… MORE

Client Alert: Resolve to Audit Your Trademarks in 2020

   By: Valerie Brennan The start of the year is an excellent time to take stock of your trademark portfolio through an (internal or external) audit – a quick check that your brands as protected match your use. What is… MORE

Proud to Announce Our Newest Partner

We are thrilled to announce that Valerie Brennan has joined the Plave Koch team as our newest (and our eleventh!) partner. Valerie is a top-notch intellectual property attorney with 25+ years of large firm experience. She joins our vibrant Trademark… MORE

Lee Plave awarded with 2019 Lewis G. Rudnick Award

Co-Owner Lee Plave was awarded by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising’s with the Lewis G. Rudnick Award. The Lewis G. Rudnick Award is known as the highest and most prestigious award a franchise attorney can receive, recognizing his experience,… MORE

We’re 13 for 13!

         As we approach our 13th anniversary, our firm has grown to match our years. We proudly announce new partner Dave Worthen and new lawyer Maggie Naylor. David Worthen has over 1,000 cases under his belt, and his litigation record… MORE

All Ten Plave Koch partners recognized by Who’s Who Legal

Ten Partners recognized by Who’s Who Legal  All nine of the firm’s partners — Regina Amolsch, Leslie Curran, Marisa Faunce, David Koch, Michael Laidhold, Lee Plave, Leslie Pujo, Ben Reed ,Jim Rubinger and David Worthen— were named by London-based Who’s… MORE