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John Martin Hilla

John Martin Hilla

Detroit-Area Trademark Registration and Bankruptcy Attorney
  • Bankruptcy, Trademarks, Real Estate Law
  • Law Society of Ontario, Michigan
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John Hilla is a Detroit-area trademark and bankruptcy attorney.

A graduate of the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, he also holds a Master's degree in International Law from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

John is a former music publisher, musician, and author who especially enjoys assisting bands, musicians, record labels, and related start-ups with their trademark and contractual needs.

Practice Areas
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Law Society of Ontario
ID Number: 78008N
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Turkish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC
Consumer bankruptcy and trademark registration practice.
Aronoff & Linnell, PLLC
The Law Offices of John M. Hilla, PLLC
The George Washington University Law School
LL.M | International & Comparative Law
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Wayne State University Law School
J.D | Law
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Wayne State University
B.A | English
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Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar  # 69128
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Consumer Bankruptcy Association
- Current
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National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
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Articles & Publications
Am I Responsible for my Fiancee's Debt After Marriage?
The Detroit Legal News
The Literary Effect of Sovereignty in International Law
The Widener Law Review
The US Invasion of Iraq and Popular Consent in the Formation of Customary International Law
The Michigan International Lawyer
Draft Commentary for Art. 479 of the Provisional Kosovo Criminal Procedure Code
US State Department in conjunction with George Washington University
Websites & Blogs
Detroit Bankruptcy Attorney
Detroit Bankruptcy and Trademark Blog
Legal Answers
57 Questions Answered

Q. Is it ok to register a business / trademark using a different name?
A: This response is not specific legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should speak with a trademark registration attorney for specific information regarding your particular proposed trademark . A trademark is a word, name, phrase, slogan, or logo that uniquely identifies the source of a product or service sold in interstate commerce. Some companies own many trademarks. One of those trademarks owned might be the name of the actual business, or it might be the name of a product.
Q. I'm trying to make a clothing brand named blase, would i still be able to or is there legal issues?
A: Consult a trademark attorney to discuss your proposed mark in a private consultation. Many of us offer free virtual consultations to potential clients nationwide. The first step that is required to answer your question is to retain an attorney to conduct a thorough clearance search for your proposed mark, searching not only the Federal trademark register but also state registries, business registrations, social media, other points of evidence that another individual or company may already be using the mark in interstate commerce. For our clients, we will then review the results, weigh the odds of successfully registering the trademark with the US Patent & Trademark Office, and provide you an opinion of those odds so that you can make an educated decision whether or not to proceed with the application.
Q. Can my logo that is a registered trademark change the background color while still keeping its tradmark
A: If you filed a design mark application with a color specimen and registered it with color, the registration protects that specific design exactly as filed. Changing the color will remove the design or logo from the umbrella of protection offered by the USPTO registration. This is why, generally, the first design mark application filed is for a black-and-white iteration of the design so that it is protected regardless of the color scheme. To protect your design with new color scheme, a new Federal USPTO trademark application will need to be filed. If you require assistance, feel free to contact me at (734) 743-1489. Website link beside my name.
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The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC
19500 Middlebelt Road
Suite 223E
Livonia, MI 48152
Telephone: (734) 743-1489