Peace Order and Protective Orders

The main difference between a Peace Order and a Protective Order in Maryland is that the Peace Order is for protection from an unrelated person, like a friend, coworker, or ‘crazy’ person, while the Protective Order is appropriate for a domestic violence situation or from someone related to you by blood or marriage (applicable also for couples that have or do live together or have a child together). Continue reading

Maryland’s Driver Laws and the Point System.

One of the most common questions drivers in Maryland have when they receive a traffic citation is “how will this affect my driving status in Maryland?”

In Maryland, traffic laws are handled two ways: One is via the court system (judicial branch), which adjudicates the “criminal” side of vehicle laws.  For example, the court can assess penalties, fines, and even impose jail time if you are found guilty of certain traffic offenses. Continue reading

Trademark and the Intent-To-Use Application

By Christopher Simmons, Law Clerk, Webb & Wolf

The following memorandum was prepared to answer the questions: What is an intent-to-use application? And, What constitutes trademark infringement.

Trademarks Generally 

A “trademark” is a distinctive mark, symbol, or emblem used by a producer or manufacturer to identify and distinguish his goods from those of others.  Ownership of trademark requires combination of both appropriation and use in trade, and thus, neither conception of mark nor advertising alone establish trademark rights at common law, but rather ownership of trademark accrues when goods bearing mark are placed on market. Continue reading