This is a question coming across a lot of lawyer's desks, but there doesn't seem to be a strict answer yet. Maybe you and your landlord can agree to only do virtual showings. Check your contract to see if it says how and when they can show the house.
I would like to operate worldwide with partners and employees remote and distributed worldwide. We will be a staffing agency and IT advisory consulting firm. I want to headquarter it in Texas but have no physical office.
Yes, you can use a registered agent instead of a physical office address. You'll have to pay a small fee, usually around $50/year for the registered agent. Many people do this when they run a business from their home.
I have been working for the same company for the past 17 years. Over that time I have developed several applications and databases to make both my and my coworkers jobs easier. These systems were mostly done without direction from management, who took a hands off approach to development, though a... View More
You should definitely speak with an attorney about your situation before signing anything. My guess is they're asking you to sign the assignment because they don't know who really owns it and want a quick way to get it over with. As Marcos said, you may or may not have a work for hire...View More
In a fictional book, what is the protocol for mentioning brand names? I'm referring to situations in which the particular company / brand is not being represented in a negative way, but only mentioned casually. For instance, can an author write a book in which their characters are eating... View More
First let's get the lawyer answer out of the answer: it depends. However, if you look at any book, you'll see brand names sprinkled throughout. There are several things to take into consideration such as how the name is used, how often, etc. It may be allowed under the fair use doctrine....View More
You can do a search for yourself using the USPTO's site called TESS. This tool can be difficult to do a complex search but it is a starting point. Also, just because the exact name/slogan isn't registered does not mean that it's available.
Trademarks are like a fortress around your business. You will likely add more and more to your portfolio over time that make your brand stronger. I would suggest consulting with a trademark attorney directly to determine which marks you should register and in what order.
I'm not totally sure what you are asking here. But it doesn't seem like there is a clear cut answer. Did you write the original contract from scratch? Did you give the contract to them for some reason? An attorney would need more information to determine how to proceed.
If i were to use koolaid for a website like twitch (without caps or dashes) and I started broadcasting with the name like "koolaid person" would I be subjected to copy right and could I get sued for that because I don't want to get into any troubles!
Here's some quick information for you. First, you wouldn't be dealing with copyright. This would be a trademark issue. Second, capitalization, spaces, dashes, etc. do not make a difference. The USPTO uses phoenetics to determine if a mark is similar or not. So they would sound identical....View More
Upon research the registration has had several declines which can be subject to court. These proceedings will take as long as our coming designs for the nature of publishing rights via lulu publishing.
The book contains letters that kids have to associate to related images. I would like to know if 1) the trademark "I Spy" related to children's books is still active and, in case, if I use the formula "I Spy Christmas Book For Kids", still I risk a copyright... View More
First, it is important to know that trademarks and copyrights protect different thing. And while you may need both protections for your book(s), they are not the same. There are multiple active and cancelled trademark registrations for "I spy" regarding educational materials including...View More
My daughter is an artist, photographer, craftswoman, woodworker and a very creative person. She has been selling by word of mouth. She creates and re-purposes many different items putting her flair on them and is attempting to build a brand. She came up with a "company" name and wants to... View More
Many places have pro bono legal trademark services for artists. (I've participated in them in both Louisiana and Texas.) I would search around and see if there is one in your state. That way she can get accurate legal representation at low or no cost.
The brand would mainly be selling luxury cigar ashtrays but in the future could also be selling coasters, custom whisky glasses from the Glencairn glass brand themselves, merchandising, etc .. (always touching to cigars and whisky but never directly producing own whisky glasses)
Hello. Thanks for the question. Generally, only adding an "s" to an already existing trademark will be considered trademark infringement, especially if the goods or services are similar. Coasters would certainly be considered a similar good, and ashtrays may be as well. You may also run...View More
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Yes, these kinds of rules are typically allowed (except for true service animals). Many HOAs have rules restricting the number of animals, weights, breeds, etc. even if you own the property. When you purchased the condo, you likely signed a document saying that you would agree to the HOA rules,...View More
This will almost certainly result in a cease and desist letter from Shopify. While you may be able to use "Shopify" in explaining the services that you offer, you will not be able to use it in your business name. I would highly suggest consulting a trademark attorney to come up with a...View More
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