New Frontier Immigration Law - October 2020

Meet Fiona She Stands With You

Catchphrase! 6 Things Celebrities Tried to Trademark — and Some Who Succeeded Celebrities love to trademark all sorts of things for one simple reason: People associate certain words with the celebrity’s brand, and the celebrity wants to protect that. It makes sense from a business perspective, but sometimes, it can get a little silly. Read on to see what the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office gave its blessing to and which trademarks it outright refused to create. Blue Ivy Carter Just days before their first daughter was born in 2012, Beyoncé and Jay-Z filed for a trademark on her name. The problem was that a wedding planning company called Blue Ivy was already using the name. Plus, Jay-Z mentioned to the media that their intention was to prevent others from using it. The trademark was denied. Kylie This generic trademark was filed by Kylie Jenner (of the Kardashians and Jenners). Her intention was to use her trademarked name for marketing purposes. The trademark was denied, and Jenner even ended up in a brief legal battle with singer Kylie Minogue. ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’ One of the most well-known catchphrases of all time was successfully trademarked in 1992 by its creator, boxing announcer Michael Buffer. Even better, it’s made Buffer a very wealthy man. To date, he has made nearly $500 million dollars by licensing the trademark. ‘Rock Star From Mars’ Back in 2011, actor Charlie Sheen had a very public meltdown. During the episode, he rambled off countless phrases such as “Duh, winning,” “tiger blood,” and “rock star from Mars.” In the end, he tried to trademark a total of 22 phrases, but all were rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ‘You’re fired!’ Donald Trump is known for many things, including emblazoning his name on everything he owns. Long before he was president and while host of “The Apprentice,” he filed a trademark on the show’s catchphrase. It was denied because it was too close to a preexisting (and trademarked) board game called You’re Hired. ‘BAM!’ TV chef Emeril Lagasse was a pioneer in the world of cooking shows. He popularized cooking on TV and captivated audiences by exclaiming one simple phrase every time he added an ingredient to whatever he was making: “BAM!” Naturally, he trademarked his signature phrase, but he doesn’t discourage people from using it as long as they keep it in the kitchen.

Fiona Ingalls has known Hillary Walsh for over eight years but only started with New Frontier in February. “I first worked with Hillary as her legal assistant when we were at the same firm back in 2012,” Fiona says. “We only had a year together before Hillary left for other opportunities, but we forged a solid friendship in that time.” The two remained in contact over the years, and when Hillary discovered that Fiona was looking for work, she didn’t

hesitate to reach out to her old colleague. “Even though I had never worked in immigration law before, when I learned about the incredible work Hillary was doing, I couldn’t say no,” Fiona says. She now works with clients on their bond packages and helps them prepare to take their habeas cases to district courts. “Helping people find a way to achieve a better life is more rewarding and humbling than anything I’ve ever done before,” she says. “Nothing about this process is easy, but everything about it is worth it.” Fiona is no stranger to that claim — she emigrated from England to the U.S. 20 years ago. “I grew up in Wales, and when I married my husband, I started the process of getting my U.S. citizenship,” she says. “Even then, and with my simple scenario, the process was grueling.” Taking her citizenship test was the most challenging part, but there was nothing quite like the naturalization ceremony that came after. “There were at least 65 different countries represented,” she says. “It was an incredible feeling, being among people from different walks of life who have the same dream. I want each of our clients to experience that one day.” No matter where in the process they are, Fiona knows New Frontier can help. “For many of our clients, their journey to just get to the U.S. is incredibly difficult. And then they have to start the legal battle. I had no idea about the lengths people will go to become members of this incredible country. I’m so honored to be a part of their process.” New Frontier knows and understands what you’ve gone through to get where you are. That’s why we’re ready to stand with you and help you continue on. Don’t give up. Call our office so we can help.



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