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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.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
J.D. (1981)
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Professional Experience
Trademark counsel
Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation
Brand management, infringement litigation
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 99197
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  • 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.
Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Formation, Business Litigation
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Area
  • Copyright litigation
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. I need to make this trademark active
A: There are two abandoned applications for the word mark GLITZISSIPPI. The one for ballet shoes was abandoned in 2015 for failure to respond to an office action. The other for entertainment services was abandoned in 2014 after a notice of allowance because no statement of use was submitted. Neither can be revived, but a new application could be filed.
Q. If I make a parody coloring book called "the unofficial [famous furniture company] coloring book," can I be sued?
A: A parody can be a fair use under the Copyright Act, meaning the creator of the parody does not need the permission of the owner of the copyright in the earlier work. The fair use doctrine also allows for the use of a trademark in a parody if it is used for commentary, criticism, new reporting, teaching, or research, even if it would otherwise be considered trademark infringement
Q. I am the owner of Purple Dryad and have been so legally since 2017.
A: US Reg No. 5500635 for PURPLE DRYAD is active for retail store services, and your name and address are correctly shown in the USPTO records. To maintain the registration, statement of continuing use must be filed by Jun. 26, 2024. This is a simple task for an experienced trademark attorney.
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