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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Maryland on
Q: After the twenty year period is there any means to use the patent or seek interest in ones US patent#4,784,433?

Is the patent worthless?

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jan 27, 2022

An expired patent cannot be used to obtain royalties or to block the actions of others. But the patent is not worthless. It has been added to the body of knowledge of people. This was part of the deal for obtaining a limited period of exclusivity. The patent may be used to help teach others how... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: What proof needs to be met to get a conviction on a threat of mass violence charge?

Has to be more than 1 or 2 people claiming a person made a threat?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 26, 2022

The offense is described as follows: “A person may not knowingly threaten to commit or threaten to cause to be committed a crime of violence … that would place five or more people at substantial risk of death or serious physical injury … if the threat were carried out.”

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: How can I get a tenant removed from my property who lease expired last year. She is my daughter.

My daughter has a kid that will be 18 next month. I have been renting a room to my daughter since 2017 for $500 a month because I wanted my granddaughter to have a stable life.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jan 26, 2022

Since there’s an agreement to pay rent, she would be considered a renter. Therefore you would need to give her 30 days written notice that you are ending her lease and expect her to vacate. If she refuses to leave after that time, you would need to file a Tenant holding over action.

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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Do I Need a lawyer ? to assist in a cash purchase of a condo in ocean city? Or what type of professional could assist

Want to avoid real estate agents, trying to keep costs down

Daniel Staeven
Daniel Staeven answered on Jan 26, 2022

Yes, you can purchase a condo for cash in Ocean City without a realtor but you would need someone to prepare a contract for you for the purchase of the condo. It is likely that you may be able to find an attorney who could prepare the contract for you since you are the purchaser of this... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: what is most likely to happen in court when being charged with petty theft , first offense
Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on Jan 26, 2022

Theft carries the potential of a jail sentence, although unlikely for a first offender, it is not impossible. A theft conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. You should hire a lawyer, or if you qualify, seek the serices of the PD.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Maryland on
Q: Is there a means to obtain assistance to sale this patent for royalties / USAU.S. patent number 4,784,433
Ali Makoui
Ali Makoui answered on Jan 25, 2022

Utility patent terms are 20 years from the filing date (plus any possible patent term adjustments). The U.S. patent 4,784,433, "Portable sunshade for infants in vehicles" has expired in 2008. Once a patent expires, it becomes a public property. Everyone can make it or use it without... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: How do i contact the public defender, is it free? what do i ask?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 25, 2022

Call the Public Defender's office for the county where you were charged and they will tell you how to get qualified.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Will i go to jail for a first offense , petty theft charge. I’m genuinely scared

It was of $234

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 25, 2022

Jail is unlikely for a first time offender. It is still important to keep a conviction off your record. An attorney should be able to keep your record clean. Consult with private counsel or contact the Public Defender as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Maryland on
Q: How can I obtain the rights to my photographs from a photographer free of watermarks?

Recently, I had family photos taken by a photographer. Prior to the on site shoot the photographer and I discussed, through text message, watermarks on the photos as well as the use of the photos. He stated the final product would not have the watermark and we could use the photos at our... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 25, 2022

You have a contract, I hope, which is written. The terms of payment are or should be stated, as well as what you are paying for exactly and what the photographer is to provide for that payment. Without reviewing the terms of the contract, it is impossible to advise you. As a general matter,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: MD. Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code Ann. § 5-103 (2020) Statue of Limitations 20- -20 Owner/Owners..

MD. Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code Ann. § 5-103 (2020) Statue of Limitations 20- -20 Owner/Owners Ejectment Ejectment Rights And And Adverse possession Maryland. They Can Ejectment Before Or Or After The Statue of Limitations 20- -20 Years. If It Is Before The 20 Year Time Period Can The... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jan 24, 2022

The question is barely in English, and the description of the defense of adverse possession isn’t vaguely close to the law. If you have occupied a property openly adversely continuously and hostilely for more than the time in the statute of limitations, you may assert —preferably competently,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Hi,want to get back drivers license. Had them revoked 30 yrs. ago. What is the best way about doing it.

I am 65 and need for doctors etc. Also want to know if the points are still active if I get them back. Thanks

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 24, 2022

It depends on the reason for your losing your license in the first place. If it was for point accumulation only, then you were eligible to become reinstated following the suspension or revocation period. There are different procedures depeding on whether you were merely suspended, or were... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: My boss has a camera in my office I did not know about. Is this legal?

We have many 24 hour security cameras at my workplace in most of the rooms and offices. Some are only visual and others also record audio. All are placed in various corners of ceilings so we are aware our boss can monitor us. My office is one of the few that does not have a camera in the room.... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 23, 2022

Sounds like it is time to start looking for employment elsewhere rather than continuing to work in this creepy, untrustworthy surveillance atmosphere. The employer either shows zero faith or trust in his employees' honesty or is some kind of pathetic voyeur. Surveillance makes sense for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: § 17-517. Office. What constitutes an "office" for the purposes of this statute?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

When citing to a title and section number of the Maryland Code, you need to specify which named Article you are referring to. There may be multiple §17-517s throughout the Maryland Code. Because you identified real estate as a practice area, perhaps you are referring to Business Occupations and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Legal Malpractice for Maryland on
Q: I live here for 2 months. 12 month lease. My landlord is selling my apartment. Can I reject open house and viewing

I only been here for 2 months my lease is no where near ending. I’m in Baltimore MD and was told that she can do

The open house but do I have to agree to the viewing? What are my rights when it comes to the public viewing my personal things within the apartment

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

First, read your lease to see if there is a specific provision regarding this. If not, NO. An open house is NOT a reasonable request from a landlord. Reasonable inspections upon advance notice and appropriate times are generally allowed, but having real estate agents and prospective buyers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: My dog playing with another dog on my property. The other dog ran off my property but my dog stayed. Whos responsible?

Who’s responsible if the dog scares a neighbor walking by? Am I responsible for the unleashed dog leaving my property or is the other dog owner responsible. There was no attack but I’m being threatened that I’m responsible for unleashed dog leaving my property

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

Who is threatening you? Animal Control officers? They do not threaten, they issue warnings and citations. You cannot have unleashed dogs (yours or others under your supervision) running loose off your property or having unwanted contact with others. If you took responsibility to watch and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: HELP: Ex boss/ friend threatening to sue me and wants me to pay 4500 in training reimbursement fees?!

I’m dumb and don’t remember what I signed. Can I ask for a copy of my contracts signed when I first was employed?? Wants me to pay 4500 for training reimbursement (which is a lot for the training), can I ask for a copy of the contract without paying for it later if I can’t afford to pay the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

Of course you are entitled to see all contracts and invoices to support the basis and amount of her claim. Demand it. Tell her upon receipt of all the proof for her claim, and the exact written terms of the contract that spell out your and her obligations, you will review the matter with counsel... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: How long before I can expunge this type of case? Caught this case back in 10/2010 finished probation in 4/2011

ABDUCT CHILD/RELATIV IN ST.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 20, 2022

If you received probation before judgment and it was not an alcohol related driving offense, you can get it expunged now. If you were a convicted, it depends on the nature of the conviction. Only certain convictions can be expunged. Consult with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a judge override a warrant put out by commissioner? Statements were taken from a mental health patient in crisis

I’m a mental health patient. Bf, his ex, harassed me to the point it has deminished my already diagnosed mental state. I have charges on her and one the commissioner gave was for destroying my life & making my mental health worse on purpose. She started again in Dec, Christmas made 30yrs of... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 20, 2022

Once charges are filed, only the State's Attorney can drop the charges. If a motion is filed, a judge can convert a warrant to a Summons. In any case, your boyfriend needs a lawyer.

You also should retain an attorney. You have admitted to crimes which include making a false statement...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland on
Q: Dogs running at large case(no hurt,no bark) MD law:the maximum penalty-30 days jail for the owner.When it can happen?

Dogs get run. Didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t bark. Just run through the neighbor’s yard to the forest. No intention from the owner. “Nice” Neighbour opened cases “dogs at large”, “dogs trespassing”. Surprisingly, maximum penalty for dogs running at large in MD is 30 days jail for the... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jan 20, 2022

I seriously doubt you would receive jail time for this. You may want to retain counsel to get the best possible result.

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