Signs and Business Development

The vast majority of the following information comes from what was formerly posted on the Small Business Administration website, beginning in 2000 in the “Starting Your Own Business” section. You can read how it occurred at http://chta.org/2000/09/15/isa-signage-foundation-signs-web-agreement-with-sba/Unfortunately, some egos in sign-industry leadership irked the SBA, and it was taken down. Ideally, sometime in the near future, […]

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What do I need to know about Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks?

The basic concept behind copyrights and patents is providing legal protection to the inventors, authors, and creators of artistic works that insures their right to economic benefit from the investment of their time, skill, energy and vision of their inventions and creations. This nation’s founders viewed legal protection for economic benefit resulting from one’s creative […]

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Four Legal Issues To Know About My Business Sign

The following are the four different sets of legal issues you will want to know about regarding your business signage. Almost all local governments control the construction, materials, electrical or other operating components, size, number and location of business signs. Typically, standards for construction, materials and operation are found in local building and electrical codes; […]

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Trademarks and Logos – Federal Preemption (Lanham Trademark Act)

The Lanham Trademark Act, at 15 U.S.C. 1121, prohibits states, and their political subdivisions, from requiring alteration of federally registered names, marks and colors where included within the registration. The decisions in two recent federal cases concerning the Lanham Act have split on whether the Act preempts a local government’s ability to foreclose the display […]

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Signage Sourcebook (2003)

US Small Business Administration’s Guide for Sign Use.   01_cover 02_forwrd_acknwl_&_contents 03_science_intro 04_science_chapt_1 05_science_chapt_2 06_science_chapt_3 10_science_chapt_7 11_science_chapt_8 12_value_intro 13_value_chapt_1 14_value_chapt_2 15_value_chapt_3 16_value_chap_4 17_value_chapt_5 18_value_chapt_6 19_value_chapt_7 20_legal_intro 21_legal_chapt_1 22_legal_chapt_2 23_legal_chapt_3 24_legal_chapt_4 25_legal_chapt_5 26_legal_chapt_6 27_legal_chapt_7 28_legal_chapt_8 29_legal_chapt_9 30_legal_chapt_10 31_legal_chapt_11 32_legal_chapt_12 33_policy_intro 34_policy_chapt_1 35_policy_chapt_2 36_policy_chapt_3 37_policy_chapt_4 38_policy_chapt_5 39_policy_chapt_6 40_policy_chapt_7 41_policy_chapt_8 42_policy_chapt_9 43_policy_chapt_10 44_policy_chapt_11 45_policy_chapt_12 46_policy_chapt_13 47_glossary 48_index

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What’s Your Signage? (2004)

How On-Premise Signs Help Small Businesses Tap into a Hidden Profit Center A handbook developed by The New York State Small Business Development Center and the Signage Foundation for Communications Excellence. Download What’s Your Signage? Download

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Is Blockbuster Decision a Blockbuster?

Here’s a Video Update on the case of trademarked logos and signs in Tempe, AZ The following article originally appeared in the July 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Wade Swormstedt A federal appellate court has upheld the Lanham Act and concurred with a lower-court ruling that the City of Tempe must […]

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Senator Orrin Hatch Discusses Signs and Property Rights

Excerpts from Sen. Orrin Hatch’s keynote address at the National Sign Users’ Conference on Sign Regulation and Marketing The following article originally appeared in the August 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Wade Swormstedt “I believe government regulation [of signs] has been burdensome, often times unconstitutional.” At the Intl. Sign Assn.’s (ISA) […]

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How Does the Copyright Protection of the 1982 Lanham Act Affect Signs?

The Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act, was originally passed in 1946. It has been revised several times since then, including 1982, when it was revised by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to prevent cities/municipalities from requiring businesses to alter federally registered trademarks. Section 1121(b) of the act states: “No state or other jurisdiction of […]

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Another Perspective on Blockbuster Video and the Lanham Act

Here’s a reminder that landlords are not subject to the Lanham Act The following article originally appeared in the November 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Robert M. Aran, Esq. and Jeffrey L. Aran, Esq. For the landmark Blockbuster Videocase, Bob and Jeff Aran each submitted amici curiae (friend of the court) […]

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