Intellectual Property:

State and Federal Law Settling Disputes

Trademarks are governed by federal and state laws. At first, state common law supplied the main source of trademark protection. In the late 1880s, Congress enacted its first federal trademark regulation. Federal trademark law has since expanded, encompassing much of the ground initially covered by state law. Federal law offers the main and most extensive source of protection for trademarks, though state common law actions are still available.

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