Avoid Litigation If You Can

Sometimes litigation is necessary, but I really feel it should be a last resort most of the time. The cost, time, hassle and stress is tremendous, and there is never a guarantee of results. Below our law clerk John Ellis sets for his “Top 8 Reasons Not to Litigate”. 1. Litigation is time-consuming and expensive. […] Read More

How Distinctive Is Your Trademark?

Our intellectual property intern has provided another excellent contribution. See below with my comments to follow: Spectrum of Distinctiveness for Word Marks The modern trademark law can be understood as a combination of unfair competition law and the Lanham Act. Section 9 of the Third Restatement on Unfair Competition defines “trademark” as “a word, name, […] Read More

Marijuana, IP, and Interstate Commerce

Our new legal intern, Zen Yang Pan contributes this entry. By Zhen Yang (Tommy) Pan February 13, 2015 Legalizing Interstate Commerce Marijuana Use As more states begin to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, the trend of the market suggests that vendors want to commercialize its use. However, marijuana is legalized only under state laws, […] Read More

Mark to Argue Before the 9th Circuit

I have 2 cases with oral arguments in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We have prepared a press release for the Greenwood Matter.  See below:   NEVADA BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY COMMENTS UPON THE DUTY OF BANKRUPTCY CREDITORS TO FILE TIMELY OBJECTIONS TO EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED BY BANKRUPTCY DEBTORS Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, December 17, 2014 – […] Read More

Mark’s Trademark Article Published!

Below please see the article I published in the December edition of Northern Nevada Business Weekly Trademarks are the legal protection for your brand. Trademark law benefits consumers by allowing them to quickly identify and select goods and services that they trust. When I walk into a Starbucks® location, I don’t have to worry about […] Read More

Money for Nothing

Here is a quick post from John K Ellis, J.D. of Goodman Law Center HOW BANKS WORK Here is how I always thought that a private bank worked: A group of enterprising young businessmen (would-be bankers) get together and put up a bunch of money (capital) in order to start a bank. The bank then […] Read More

Endorsement of John Springgate for Family Judge

ENDORSEMENT OF JOHN SPRINGGATE We at Goodman Law Center strongly support and endorse John Springgate in his campaign to become one of the family court judges in Washoe County. John Springgate is an experienced family law practitioner, who brings with him many years of experience as a practicing family law attorney and advocate. In addition, […] Read More

Bank Deposits Safe?

Here is another interesting post by our Law Clerk John Ellis. BANK DEPOSITORS BEWARE! I’ll bet you thought that when you deposited your money in the bank, it was still your money. Guess what? It’s not. When you put your money into a deposit account at your local “too-big-to-fail” bank, it becomes the property of […] Read More

Redskin’s Mark Tackled

The Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.” The case was filed by 5  Native Americans in the Trademark Office itself.  The case was not filed in Court; however, my understanding is that the Redskin’s will  appeal to Federal Court. Federal trademark law does not permit registration […] Read More

Nevada Homestead Exemption

My Law Clerk John Ellis weighs in on the Nevada Homestead Law.   Homestead law was unknown to the common law, and it was created by constitutional provisions and by statute.  The Nevada homestead exemption derives from the Nevada state constitution, which provides that a “homestead as provided by law, shall be exempt from forced […] Read More