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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
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Legal Answers
90 Questions Answered
Q. Can I register a trademark for a name that I used first, but another company is using it?
A: Federal registration of a trademark is based on its "use in commerce" which generally means sales (or at least advertising for sale). Whether the nature of your prior use qualifies is problematic. You should consult a qualified trademark attorney to review the matter and advise whether you may have sufficient grounds for making a demand on the other company to cease its use, or perhaps negotiate a compromise of some sort.
Q. If you leak OnlyFans content on a forum will you be arrested or charged?
A: Copyright infringement of this sort is a civil matter, so you should not fear criminal consequences. You should, however, mitigate the possible damages by removing the post that infringes.
Q. If I want to start a fishing apparel company names Mangrove Mafia, but the trademark is registered under "sticker" for
A: The registration in 2012 of MANGROVE MAFIA is for use on stickers in International Class 16, which also includes other printed matter such as magazines. That registration is up for renewal by 11/14/2022, and could expire if the owner does not submit a specimen of use and declaration. Your proposed use as an apparel brand would be in International Class 25, and should be capable of registration if the owner of the existing registration in Class 16 does not oppose on the basis of prior use on apparel. It would be wise to consult with an experienced trademark attorney to advise with the usage and registration of the mark.
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PO Box 2517
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Telephone: (888) 292-5784
Fax: (888) 467-2341
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