CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        John E. Ottaviani Comments on "Unprecedented" Surge in Trademark Applications From China Ahead of New USPTO Rule

        John E. Ottaviani, Partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group, contributed his insights to World Trademark Review on the “unprecedented” surge in trademark applications in advance of a new rule from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that goes into effect August 3. The rule requires all trademark applicants who are not domiciled in the U.S. to be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney.

        In the World Trademark Review article, “USPTO experiences massive surge in trademark applications from China,” John noted that “the rise is almost definitely due to the upcoming new USPTO rules that go into effect on 3 August. Those rules, which were confirmed by the office on July 2, will require all applicants not domiciled in the United States to engage U.S. licensed attorneys to file and prosecute trademark applications. This move has been criticized by some foreign applicants, who believe it could lead to a steep rise in costs.”

        John also said, “This spike in applications is going to slow down the examination process for all applicants. The USPTO examining attorneys will have greater caseloads and will take longer to initially review the applications – therefore, the average time from application to registration for all applicants will increase.”

        John attributes the rule change to USPTO concerns of alleged fraud by some Chinese applicants, especially around the submission of improper specimens of use. He expects “…the USPTO will scrutinize the specimens from these applications carefully,” Ottaviani adds.

        To read the World Trademark Review article, please click here.

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