An experienced patent lawyer like myself should be able to conduct a patent search and provide a "freedom to operate" opinion on your products. Without more detail about your product, however, I cannot answer this question.
Justia is a great resource for finding IP lawyers. And many IP lawyers can work in multiple states under certain circumstances. For example, I have litigated cases in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Indiana (among others).
It depends on how you use the trademarked image. Trademark infringement depends on a lot of factors such as: (1) strength of the marks, (2) relatedness of the goods, (3) similarity of the marks, (4) evidence of actual confusion, (5) marketing channels, (6) degree of consumer care, (7)...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 »
PAC are the initials of the artist that wants the stage name PacMan. Again no logos would be used from the game, as well as it being in the music industry, I wasn't sure if it would infringe without the hyphen, as well as the use of it for "entertainment"
Trademark Infringement is a multifactor consideration including:
(1) strength of the marks, (2) relatedness of the goods, (3) similarity of the marks, (4) evidence of actual confusion, (5) marketing channels, (6) degree of consumer care, (7) defendant's intent in selecting the mark,...Read more »
I am unfamiliar with copyright laws so I needed help with several questions regarding copyright and fair use. If I make a video review of a video game, am I allowed to use music from that game in the video for the purpose of review/critique? Is it fair use? If not, how can I contact these companies... Read more »
I have sourced this product from China - many OEM manufacturers who supply and sell these types of wallets on Amazon/ebay other platforms. I was advised by many suppliers that there is no issue to sell as they supply worldwide.
I have made some modifications to suppliers existing wallet -... Read more »
Yes this is possible. Consult with a patent attorney to ensure you claim "patentable subject matter," because software patents are often rejected on this basis unless you set up your application properly.
I believe that in the US, there is a defense that the infringement "is in the public good". I am in Sydney, Australia, and I would like to remediate the offense (if it is indeed an offence, and prevent further infringements.
"The pillow cushion has a first major surface, a second major surface, and deformable wall members extending between the first major surface and the second major surface. The deformable wall members are located and configured to define voids therebetween such that the deformable wall members... Read more »
1) I've made a set of PowerPoint slides based on various books that I use when I teach. There are famous card hands given as examples. I know that the hands can't be copyrighted, and the analysis... Read more »
1) Copyright covers the expression itself, not the idea. So if you're discussing strategies/approaches/ideas your risk should be low. If this is strictly for educational purposes (i.e. you're only using them for private instruction), this also helps you in a fair use defense to a...Read more »
Please consult an experienced IP attorney to full assess the particular rights of any company. A "FTO" or "Freedom to Operate" opinion is a very important and detailed analysis that should not be taken lightly. To get you started in the right direction, consult the Patent and...Read more »
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