I am wondering if it is legal to record (copy a movie to save as .mp4) a movie with VLC that has been legally purchased (first sale) for personal (non-distributed) use. I would not like to retain the original DVD's (as I travel a lot and enjoy the convenience of a digital... Read more »
There is an existing "standard character mark" for a 4-word phrase owned by another company, but I want to register and use that same 4-word phrase in a "style mark" that incorporates our company logo.
The short answer is "it depends." If he is using the mark in a similar manner to your registered use then you can likely enforce your rights in the mark against him. You should consult with a trademark attorney to assist you with evaluating your legal rights. An attorney can send a cease...Read more »
A trademark attorney can help break this down for you. Most of them over charge their clients and don’t really give a s*** about your business beyond the trademark filing. Call me if you want a fair price on your trademark and someone who wants to plug in as a legit partner in your company’s growth.
The USPTO may issue a refusal for registration for trademarks which are confusingly similar to other registered trademarks for the same/related goods/services. When marks sound alike when spoken, are visually similar, etc., the marks may be considered confusingly similar. Using a mark that is...Read more »
Each trademark application with the USPTO is a separate application with its own fee(s). A logo trademark is filed separately from a word/phrase trademark, for example. However, an applicant may select multiple class/categories of use on a trademark application, but if the applicant later wishes...Read more »
You still run the risk of copyright infringement from the Harry Potter rights holders; for it is well-established that characters are subject to copyright protection. This is a gray area, however, because "muggle" is essentially a race within the HP world, and the HP rights holders would...Read more »
An abandoned trademark application may simply mean that the applicant failed to file a required response to an office action, etc. This does not mean that such applicant has stopped actually using the trademark in commerce for their goods or services. Applications may also be revived under certain...Read more »
Generally speaking, the same name (trademark) can be used in different categories as long as there is no "likelihood of consumer confusion." For example, there is the Lexus car, and the Lexis legal research software (which I use). This is not legal advice. Consumer confusion is many...Read more »
A petition to revive an abandoned registration might be an option, but there are time limits involved. A revival petition must be filed no later than 2 mos. after the expiration notice (so that seems to have been September based on your July date). But if the registrant didn't receive the...Read more »
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