Trademark Attorney Andy Nelson: Protecting Your Brand

Join Patti Katter and her guest, Andy Nelson, as they talk about protecting your brand. Andy is a Partner and Trademark Attorney at Fortis LLP, providing legal advice to his clients in different areas of his focus. He also shares with us the importance of trademarks, copyrights, and the struggle he went through with losing a job.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

· His experience in the military to becoming an attorney.

· Andy’s interest in studying political science.

· He has a Facebook page called Defending Your Brand.

· The difference between trademark and copyright.

· Why your business needs a trademark and the factors you need to consider.

· The difference between having a registered trademark vs. just using a brand name.

· And much more!


About Andy Nelson:

Andy Nelson represents clients in complex business, commercial, intellectual property matters. Andy’s practice emphasizes the development of effective strategies for trademark and copyright protection, enforcement, licensing, and dispute resolution (including practice before the USPTO and TTAB). Areas of focus also include complex contractual and commercial matters, website protection, social media, privacy regulations, trade secrets, and disputes among co-owners of businesses. Andy represents a variety of companies in the technology, food and beverage, apparel, footwear, accessories, marketing, advertising, consulting, design, and manufacturing industries.

Andy is admitted to practice in all California state courts. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Andy also regularly gets admitted to practice in jurisdictions outside of California as needed.

Over his career, Andy has represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Andy especially enjoys working with businesses owned by veterans, military spouses, active duty service members, and others focused on the military community. These clients not only do business in a wide variety of industries, they are also located all over the world.


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