The art says "Peep-a-Boo" and shows just the ears at the bottom of the image indicating it's about to come up or is hiding. I have another one that shows just the middle of a peep's face (two eyes but no ears or body) hiding in a cracked egg. Finally, I have one that shows a... Read more »
answered on Mar 29, 2023
It is difficult to determine whether the use of "Peep" and a small fraction of a Peep's shape in your artwork would be considered a parody without more information about the context and purpose of your artwork. However, even if your artwork is intended as a parody, it is possible... Read more »
Indigenous Immersion Schools receiving grant funding and federal funding to operate must create a complete curriculum in target language that is unavailable elsewhere for purchase. These schools would like to copyright their work and are trying to decipher who has legal rights to copyright.
answered on Mar 15, 2023
Yes, it can, however you need to review the terms of the grant. When the Federal Government produces creative material it usually is copyright free (search Google for "U.S. Government Works" to learn more). Works prepared for the Federal Government by contractors may be owned (and... Read more »
Let's say you make a piece of software for an organization, and it is hosted upon their server, and also hosted on their github, but later moved it to your own personal private github.
There was no contract signed.
If you leave said organization, is the organization allowed to... Read more »
answered on Jun 19, 2022
That depends on factors, including whether the programmer was an employee or a contractor, whether the programmer owned it prior to the installation onto the server or it was done specifically for the company, and whether the person was paid for the work of writing the program, etc.
At amazon dozens of companies are selling NMN so it appears to be unpatented as a molecule, unlike the competitor NR (nicotinamide riboside) where patent holder ChromaDex claims a monopoly sues others distributing it. Yet google patent pulls up many US and foreign patents - some mfg process and... Read more »
answered on May 14, 2021
Your question is pretty convoluted, impossible to answer here.
You have to consult an attorney.
I've done educational consulting for years and am considering an independent consulting contract as a trainer with a national company. The contract has a clause about intellectual property that I am looking for clarification or help with. I plan to continue work outside of this new contract... Read more »
answered on Jan 14, 2021
Usually, unless an employee (of an employer) or a contractor (of a client) invents something or creates a copyrightable work FOR the employer/client as an express part or condition of the person's employment or as a "work for hire," the invention/work would belong to the... Read more »
I'm working on some open-source exercises for Russian language students, and for an alphabet-related exercise it would be very helpful to display pictures of Russian signs with English cognates that beginner students can read easily. However, I'm unsure of the legal implications of using,... Read more »
answered on Dec 2, 2020
Here, you are describing the intersection of copyright and trademark law. While it would be trademark infringement to open your own restaurant called Burger King, or to sell a hamburger wrapped up in a wrapper that says Burger King, you certainly can take a picture of a Burger King restaurant and... Read more »
I offered to sell the patent to Fiskars in early 2009, after a long distance call they went quiet on me.
I just discovered that they went ahead and claimed the patent for themselves. My patent was published in a journal in South Africa shortly after South africa joined the international... Read more »
answered on Oct 12, 2020
You will need to retain a U.S. patent attorney to sit down with all pertinent documents to fully assess the situation, including but not limited to reviewing the "prosecution history" of the Fiskars patent (does it cite your SA patent?). The claims of the patent are key - if the claims... Read more »
Are you allowed to re-use a small percentage of a protected work?
answered on Jun 16, 2020
A tough question to answer, even when you know all of the specific details! Copyright protection certainly applies to quotations. It can apply to aspects of the characters, depending on how recognizable they are. As an example, writers of "fan fiction" encounter this dilemma all the... Read more »
can i send the example of the t shirt for reference? dog theme is purely general, no negative/positive undertones,
answered on Mar 23, 2020
The issue here may not be one of trademark but rather the right of publicity. Snoop is a celebrity whose name, image and likeness have monetary value. If someone else uses that for monetary gain they could be liable. Feel free to email me at email@example.com for a consult so... Read more »
answered on Jan 23, 2019
Might not be a patent. The Supreme Court has recently made it fairly difficult to patent a method of organizing human activity. See the documents used to train patent examiners -- https://www.uspto.gov/patent/laws-and-regulations/examination-policy/subject-matter-eligibility On the other hand,... Read more »
I use the CD set and transcript as part of my psychological therapy. I would like to purchase additional CD sets for my therapists and also give them a copy of the transcript that I made. Is this legal?
May I purchase CD sets and present them along with a copy of the transcript to... Read more »
answered on Nov 30, 2018
Preparing the transcript might be considered fair use or a derivative work. So long as you purchase as many copies as you are giving to others and using within your practice, the likelihood of a possible copyright infringement claim falls significantly. But without further information about... Read more »
Copyright itself doesn't protect only just a name, you can't copyright just a name at all. But, "characters" should be protected under a copyright if they are unique, but isn't a name an intrinsic part of a character and its accompanying story?
answered on Aug 9, 2018
A full answer to your question will require a more fact-intensive analysis. Generally, copyright law will afford protection of the fictional character itself when it has appeared in a copyrightable work and has a life of its own within that work, however, achieving a level of distinctiveness such... Read more »
answered on Jul 20, 2018
You should speak with a trademark attorney in a confidential conversation. It may be possible. An attorney would need to know more about your business.
Hello I am currently developing a college football website, and I created a logo that I am wondering if it would be OK to use. The logo uses the Big Ten conference font and says "B1G" like the Big Ten logo, but it is stretched out and there is a football filled inside of the letters... Read more »
answered on May 7, 2018
You probably should discuss this with an experienced intellectual property attorney. The issue may implicate issues of both copyright and trademark law. Your proposed logo may infringe the trademark rights of the Big Ten Conference if your logo creates consumer confusion as to the source of your... Read more »
Is there a federal maximum number of years which is applicable to all patent applications? How would this length of time be negotiated? Can the length of time be adjusted later on, in a re-application of some sort? Does average length of time tend to vary by state, by industry, number of... Read more »
answered on Feb 19, 2018
Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten... Read more »
Does anyone have information about settlement status with Third World Media LLC plaintiff for copyright violation issues?
answered on Dec 2, 2010
Third World has filed 5 cases. The first two are concluded, and the last three are still pending:
1 Third World Media, LLC (cd) cacdce 2:2009-cv-01603 820 03/06/2009 10/28/2009
2 Third World Media, LLC (pla) cacdce 2:2009-cv-01603 820 03/06/2009 10/28/2009
3 Third World Media,... Read more »
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