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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: How to prevent theft of a template/its framework for consulting. End result is a customized digital document each time.
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Nov 28, 2021

You can start by registering the copyright.

Enforcement will be up to you, via civil courts.

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Is it legal to purchase a book from overseas over the Internet and have it shipped to the US?

I’m considering buying a book online from a bookstore in the UK and having it shipped to me in the US because the British edition is much more attractive than the US edition (this would be shipped by the retailer using the postal system). The thing is, the US edition and UK edition are published... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Nov 11, 2021

Buy the book - there's no problem with what you described.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: This patent was invented by my father. He is deceased. What happens to the patent?

His old job “Circuit Image Systems” is shown on the patent but they seem to be closed. John Leon is co inventor and I cannot find him.

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Sep 29, 2021

If you are referring to patent 6445969, inventors Jim Kenney and John Leon, this patent has expired and is now in the public domain. If you look it up on Google patents, you can see the details.

4 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can I use the term "law" in my email address title without being a lawyer? Example: Jason.Smith.Law@yahoo.com.

I am a law student and have an email address with the term "law" in it. I am not a lawyer, however, and have never stated that I am. Is it legal for me to continue to use this email address without being a lawyer? Don't I have speech protections so long as I am not actively trying to... Read more »

Omar Darwich
Omar Darwich answered on Jul 15, 2021

best and easiest way to get a proper answer is to just contact your local state bar's ethics hotline

good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can recipes be copywrited?

I have older recipes, but have no idea if they are copied from any magazines, newspapers, etc. Can a recipe that is in a cookbook be changed and therefore not get in trouble if it is a copywriter? I would like to take recipes that serve larger portions, and change it to serve 2 people.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 17, 2021

You can register the copyright of recipies.

Whether it can be defended or not will depend on the content.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Internet Law and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: A woman stealed a photo of me and my exgirlfriend and she uses it as a profile photo in social media. I’m married?

A woman stealed a photo of me and my exgirlfriend and she uses it as a profile photo in social media to say that I’m dating her while this is a lie. In the photo I’m kissing my ex girlfriend but only my face can be seen while my ex girlfriend face is hidden. She only uses that photo. I’m... Read more »

Randy Sorrels
Randy Sorrels answered on Jun 5, 2021

If she has put you in a false light by using this photo, then you may have a claim against her. You should first ask her to remove the photo immediately (in writing) though as an alternative to filing a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: In 2001 a well known music artist signed all his right away under duress. His life was threatened if he didn't sign.

Can he file suit since it was under duress? There is alot of money in royalties on the line

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 10, 2021

You definitely have to run very fast to talk to an attorney.

There may be some criminal issues as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: A nonprofit organization voluntarily dissolved, there was a trademark name held by the organization, can I acquire it?

The nonprofit voluntarily dissolved as of 4/30/2021 and will not be re-organizing. They held a trademark which according to the USPTO there's been no action on it since 2016 and doesn't reflect an "assignment." I have a similar nonprofit and would like to acquire that... Read more »

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on May 2, 2021

The USPTO will refuse to register a trademark when an identical or similar trademark is already registered. Typically, when a nonprofit is dissolved, it is required to transfer all of its assets and property to another nonprofit. It is possible that another organization may now own the mark.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Who owns copyright for single member LLC?

I am a single-member owner of an LLC. I have a website for my company in which I created all of the blogs for. I submitted a group of published short literary works copyright application and I listed myself as the author but said the claimant is my LLC and that I was transferring the rights to the... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 14, 2021

Probably both.

For beginners you need to consult with an attorney.

In general if you are granting your rights to a company, whether you own or not, it is the company the owner then.

An LLC can be a pass through entity for tax purposes, but can be an independent entity for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Intellectual Property and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: We use Envirox H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 Sanitizer/Virucide Cleaner in order to sanitize our warehouse for COVID-19

On the back it says it is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. The product does nothing related for COVID-19. What it kills is Herpes simplex Type 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HBV, and HIV-1. Yet we use it in order to provide "safety" to the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 13, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. A determination of inconsistent with labelling could require more information. Additionally, an employment law attorney might have better insight into this than a personal injury attorney. You could reach out to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can a person take a photo of my mailbox to get my address? I called the sheriff and they said "yes, maam they can"
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Mar 3, 2021

They can get your address lots of ways, and that's one of them. They can also take a photo of your house, your car, and you, if you're in public.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Education Law for Texas on
Q: If someone retypes my contract, different font same words then signs, is this legal and his property, not mine?

Have determined this is not a print program in my issue. I haven't signed it yet. Misrepresentation of fact? An attp to defraud me by his creation of intellectual property?

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Dec 14, 2020

I think you are asking whether, by copying a contract you created, someone is infringing your copyright rights, and if so, how you can stop them or get them to pay you damages.

If your contract is legally considered creative enough to have copyright rights, then the verbatim copying is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: I've come up with an ENTIRELY new art form and want to protect myself from other people taking the idea.
Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Dec 11, 2020

In order to get an answer to this question, you'll need to have a confidential consultation with an intellectual property attorney, so that you can describe what you mean. Your innovation/idea may be protectable by patent, copyright, contract or other types of law, or it may not be legally... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: What prof is needed to be considered a co inventor?

I worked for a company that had an application patent on how to attach a polymer onto sand.

I was instrumental in buying lab equipment to test cps of coated sand. The company had no testing procedures before I was hired. I used my vendor relationships to source polymers to create new coated... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 6, 2020

All that you described can qualify for co-inventor status IF that is part of the patent.

You may in reality have different patents where you can be co-author.

For example, the process for making the product. The curing or oven process, etc.

Consult with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: I was taken advantage of by the large businesses the time line tells the story, I want to be able to make something

they robbed me

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 29, 2020

Hi there. This forum is for general information and legal questions. We cannot contract you directly without you reaching out to one of us. If you want to speak to a lawyer directly, you will need to contact one of us through our Justia profile.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Employment Law and Business Law for Texas on
Q: Do I have a case to sue for damages based on a violation of my intellectual property rights?

I agreed, verbally and via written contract, to teach my copyrighted workshop at a six-week summer program. My boss filmed all the program’s classes and sold them to virtual students for an indefinite period of time after the six-week program ends. This was not included in the written contract,... Read more »

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 23, 2020

You may have a case, but an attorney would need more details to give a more definite answer. For example, was the program created before or during your employment? There may be some work for hire issues that need to be sorted out.

It also would depend if there is an integration clause in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Texas on
Q: Which trademark class do I need?

I am starting a youtube channel containing instructional and entertaining videos about homebrewing (beer, wine, etc...). The channel will be owned by my parent llc. I'm looking into trademarking the parent companies name and logo. Which class of trademark do i want to use? Class 33 for... Read more »

Julia Lang
Julia Lang answered on Nov 10, 2020

Arguably, the most crucial pieces of any trademark application are the selection of the appropriate filing classes and the proper description of goods and/or services within those classes. They are also commonly the subject of refusals by the USPTO. I highly recommend consulting a trademark... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Texas on
Q: Can I not use the word Crayola?

Well I sell makeup I just thought the name would be great fit ! What if I flip the C to a K or use the word crayon

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 7, 2020

It depends on how you are wanting to use the word. Are you wanting to sell crayons under the name Crayola? That's definitely not allowed. However, there are many other ways that you could legally use the word Crayola depending on what you are trying to do or sell. Also, the protections here... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Its about a property that is under my dads name but he pass away serval years . and he had a common law wife who would

Be in title to the property

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Oct 25, 2020

Hi there. This question was posted in the Intellectual Property section, which deals with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. It sounds like you may be seeking the assistance of a Property Law attorney, Estate Law attorney, or Real Estate Law attorney. Perhaps try reposting the question is those... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: I am looking for a patent lawyer that specializes in weapons, specifically Guns - All Types - can you help

New type of configurable weapon that can be quickly modified for rapidly changing tactical situations - also new weapons for personal defense and law enforcement

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Sep 28, 2020

Yes I can certainly help with this matter. I have experience with mechanical and electrical inventions so feel free to check out my background and drop me a line at www.tbillicklaw.com

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