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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp

Trademark & copyright litigator representing content creators and brands
  • Business Law, Trademarks, Intellectual Property
  • California
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Previous career in computer industry, head of advanced software development and systems architecture for joint venture of two major computer manufacturers. Active in community affairs and politics in Sacramento, California. Former lobbyist for motorcyclists' rights in California legislature. Represented scores of trademark owners (including a world-famous brand) and content creators, consistently achieving clients' goals against some formidable adversaries including Marvel, Viacom, Electronic Arts, and Alexander McQueen.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Formation, Business Litigation
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Area
  • Copyright litigation
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Strong cases may be accepted on contingent fee basis
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Bills hourly or charges a flat fee, depending on the type of matter.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Trademark counsel
Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation
Brand management, infringement litigation
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (1981)
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 99197
- Current
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Legal Answers
183 Questions Answered
Q. Hello There is some confusion about Dizzy Gillespie.
A: The Gillespie Trust owns six active registrations for the text mark (name) DIZZY GILLESPIE, as used on valve oil, recording, mouthpieces, songbooks, trumpet polishing kits, and entertainment services. If there is a design mark depicting the person Dizzy Gillespie, it would not infringe the registered text mark for the goods and services.
Q. Am I required to do attestations in all 50 states for federal trademark? Company filed with asking $73 x 50 = $3650
A: Your application SN 97643107 for federal registration of the mark HERCULES DOCK BUMPERS was filed 10/21/2022 by attorney Sandy Lipkin and is awaiting assignment to an examining attorney, which currently takes 8.5 months. If the registration is granted, it will be effective throughout the US and all 50 states. There is no reason for you to have "attestations" or state registrations for the mark, and if your attorney says you do she is misleading you.
Q. I need to know the status of the trademark for the triple goddess image. Triple moon image it seems as it is inactive
A: The cancellation of a federal registration may be due to the owner's failure to file the periodically required specimens to prove the mark is still in use. But if indeed the mark is still being used by its owner, that would be grounds for opposing your registration of the mark. You should consult with an experienced trademark attorney to advise what options there are based on the specific facts regarding usage of the mark.
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