March 5, 2014
Baxam Law Group, LLC, a law firm based in Duluth, Georgia, today announced the settlement of a trademark dispute that was initiated in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) over the firm’s application for registration of its service mark, LAW FOR TODAY’S BUSINESS. The opposition (a dispute proceeding in the USPTO) was filed by Howard & Howard, PLLC, a Michigan-based law firm. Today’s agreement resolves all disputes between the two firms and allows each firm to continue using and to register its respective marks without interference from the other.
Howard & Howard’s opposition alleged that registering Baxam Law’s mark would lead to a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace and dilution of Howard & Howard’s own trademark registrations, which included the phrase LAW FOR BUSINESS. Baxam Law counterclaimed that the phrase LAW FOR BUSINESS is generic and therefore its registration by Howard & Howard as a service mark in the USPTO should be canceled.
According to Baxam Law’s principal, Deanna Baxam, “This settlement vindicates our uninhibited right to use LAW FOR TODAY’S BUSINESS as a unique identifier for our fresh, contemporary model of client-focused, high quality and value-conscious services. We’re a twenty-first century law firm.”
Baxam Law specializes in providing intellectual property, healthcare and related legal services to corporations, research organizations and entrepreneurs.