CPAs and CPA firms use trademarks in the form of names, taglines etc. in helping clients identify their practice or distinguish their practice from competitors. However, some CPAs are unaware of how they can protect these trademarks thereby depriving them of possible licensing revenue and remedies in cases of theft and infringement. This presentation seeks to help inform CPAs about trademarks and how they can protect them.
Mr. Etufugh is the Managing Partner of Law Offices of Alozie N. Etufugh, PLLC. He began his legal career with an Intellectual Property law firm based in New York City. His firm’s current practice areas include all aspects of Patent, Trademark and Copyright law, including prosecution, corporate transactions, licensing, and client counseling.
Mr. Etufugh has a background in Electrical Engineering for which he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) degree from Manhattan College. He received his law degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). He is licensed to practice in both States of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Etufugh is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (EDNY & SDNY), and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
Mr. Etufugh has represented small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 Companies in the procurement, protection and enforcement of their Intellectual Property rights. Mr. Etufugh has experience in dealing with patent prosecution issues including: patent application drafting & preparation, responding to office actions, filing of continuation applications, and filing of applications under the USPTO’s Accelerated Examination program. Mr. Etufugh has also provided clients with advice and counsel regarding patent litigation strategy and licensing. In addition, Mr. Etufugh has represented clients in a variety of trademark issues including: trademark application filing & prosecution, trademark administrative disputes before the Trademark Trial & Appeals Board of the USPTO (Opposition and Cancellation proceedings), responding to and/or initiating cease & desist requests. Further, Mr. Etufugh has also provided clients with a variety of opinions including: trademark clearance opinions, freedom to operate opinions, and patentability/novelty opinions.
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Etufugh Law, located in New York City, specializes in the practice of Intellectual Property Law – Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. We provide counseling and procurement services, assisting our clients from their initial ideas to the final issuance of their patents, trademarks or copyrights.
Specialized attorneys among our team are registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in addition to being admitted, with other members of our team, to the State Bars of New York and New Jersey.
Through our team members’ advice & counsel, we help our clients attain their strategic goals of maintaining and increasing their market share in highly competitive environments by leveraging their Intellectual Property assets either through different procurement, enforcement, licensing strategies.