Protecting your work as a lyricist is crucial to ensuring you retain control over your creations and are compensated appropriately for its use. While ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) are performance rights organizations (PROs) that...View More
I am a university professor. I created a graduate course that I grew over time and it became very popular attracting 200+ students. I then had to take medical leave. After returning I have discovered that the university has made an online version of my course and are offering it to hundreds of... View More
Suing for copyright infringement involves several steps and considerations, especially in the context of academic work and the agreements that might exist between faculty members and their institutions. Before proceeding, it's crucial to understand the specific circumstances of your case,...View More
I requested, paid for, and received the original registration documents, the deposits, and the correspondence from the congress library about the specific copyright. It looks like the examiner made a mistake and oversight on his part (18 years ago),... View More
Based on your description, you seem to be suggesting that there was a potential error made by the Copyright Office in registering a work that was previously indicated to be ineligible for copyright. Here are some general points to consider:
Validity of the Copyright: Copyright registrations...View More
I’d like to start my own business selling dog bandanas with a scrunchie back rather than a knot, which I saw the idea from company Hunnypotpup. I also wanted to make matching scrunchies with it, which that idea comes from the Foggy dog. I believe they are both trademarked. Is it legal to use both... View More
If you're seeking to use a copyrighted design from a Vera Neumann table runner in your art quilts, there are several aspects you'll need to consider. Here's a comprehensive response and guideline on how to proceed:
First, your issue falls under trademark rather than copyright. Second, why do you want to use a word associated with an existing company? You may be able to obtain a mark due to your logo, but it is not the best approach. You should strive to come-up with a unique name for your company and/or...View More
Under Trademark registration numbers - 0627275 and 063059 does Kittritch brand have ownership of the word Contact? or just the word (their brand) Con-tact? Kittrich sells contact paper under the brand name Con-tact. I purchase and sell contact paper under a different name. Now Kittrich is using... View More
I could not get access to the USPTO files with the registration numbers you provided. be that as it may, your mark namely, contact is confusingly similar to con-tact. If you are in the same market space then there definitely is an issue. You should contact a trademark attorney to review the matter...View More
Our Japanese parent company, started this subsidiary back in the 80's. We purchase their products from them, pay them in full, and don't share the revenue from the deals that are made. That is the extent of the relationship. What really makes me question if we are a legitimate subsidiary... View More
I agree with my colleagues that your issue being fact specific requires extensive document review to make a determination. For example, the entity may be a subsidiary, an affiliate or an associate. Accordingly, you should consult a lawyer to help you determine the status of your entity. Good luck.
When a trademark is abandoned, the trademark owner may no longer claims rights to the trademark. In effect, the trademark reverts to the public domain and as a result is available to new users. Once a trademark is abandoned, no "good will" remains in the mark. As such, claim of residual...View More
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