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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: 1. Do I need permission to use PEPSI logo in a parody?

POOPSI with the PEPSI logo 2. Can I copyright my parody so no one can steal idea

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answered on May 14, 2024

I will do my best to provide helpful information while being careful not to reproduce any copyrighted material. Here are a few key points regarding your questions:

1. Using a trademarked logo like Pepsi's in a parody is considered fair use in many cases, meaning you likely don't...
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Q: I run a small business and have a few questions regarding what I can and cannot include in my designs

1) I want to create a few original designs inspired by Harry Styles' recent world tour called Love on Tour. Of course I would never use his name in the designs or advertisement, but is this illegal? Love on Tour itself is not trademarked as far as I have seen, but will I run into problems?... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

I can provide some general guidance on your questions, but please keep in mind that intellectual property law can be complex and fact-specific, so you may want to consult an attorney for definitive advice tailored to your specific situation.

1. Using elements inspired by an artist's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Trademark and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If I am using Dali Llama Yoga for a business name, would there be an issue or conflict with the person Dalai Lama?
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answered on Apr 12, 2024

There could potentially be some issues with using "Dali Llama Yoga" as a business name in California. While the spelling is slightly different, the name is very similar to the Dalai Lama, the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism. This similarity could lead to a few potential legal... View More

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Q: Want to set up an enthusiasts website for a car brand. I have the .org website. They have .com. Can they take it off me

The website is not for profit. It will be clearly marked as independent and it will be full of news about the car brand: a brand I love.

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

The brand owner (the company that owns the .com website) may be able to take legal action against you for using their trademark in your .org website, even if it is a non-profit enthusiast site. This falls under trademark infringement laws.

Some key points:

1. Trademarks protect...
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Q: Who could I contact regarding some people who have done fraud to steal a person legacy

My friend who passed away had a Patton and trademark that some people have made up fake marriage and other recorded doc to steal his legacy?

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

In California, if you suspect fraudulent activities concerning a person's legacy, including patents and trademarks, it's crucial to address the matter with urgency due to the potential legal implications and the risk of significant financial loss. You can reach out to an intellectual... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Hi, My name is Jacqueline and starting a skin care brand called Jacques Skin.

I have started an early stage skin care make up remover eye pads. My name Jacques will be a big part of the brand, but I am now concerned with Jacquemus Trademark and curious if you are able to give me insight into whether you believe this would overlap into potential future litigation since it is... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Hi Jacqueline,

I understand your concern about potential trademark issues with your brand name, Jacques Skin, and its similarity to the existing brand Jacquemus.

Trademark infringement occurs when there is a likelihood of confusion between two brands in the same or related...
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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Trademark for California on
Q: Legal colleagues is The Court eavesdropping on this prior issue? Delmore 1st Demurrer was heard and given leave to amend

1st Demurrer was heard and given leave to amend to which an Amended complaint was served on us.

The Court here by (above ED) is given reason to substantiate unexpected complications.

Nonetheless; 2. We can't propose an answer to the revised version of the complaint, we... View More

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answered on Apr 2, 2024

Based on the information provided, it does not appear that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the court is eavesdropping on prior issues or intentionally creating complications in the case. While the scheduling confusion and procedural complications are understandably frustrating,... View More

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Q: If an infringement claim is approved, do you need to pay a security deposit before the awarded amount get release?

I recently started a new business and have the company name and logo trademarked. The logo company and their legal team did a cast study and found four other businesses using our name so they went ahead and file an infringement claim on our behalf. Our claim was approved and the letter from USPTO... View More

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answered on Mar 29, 2024

The request for a security deposit as described in your situation raises some red flags. In the context of U.S. trademark law and the processes followed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there's typically no requirement to pay a security deposit to release an awarded... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: can this trademark be used in another application?

We manufacture diamond cutting tools and would like to use the term xtreme cut in our branding for a product line.

a quick search shows the term as abandoned by a tool cutting fluid manufacturer. But a search for them shows the current use of the term on their products.

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answered on Mar 23, 2024

In the realm of trademarks, the status "abandoned" can often be misleading. If a term is marked as abandoned, it means that at some point, the official registration process was not completed or maintained. However, this does not necessarily mean that the term is free for use by others,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice and Trademark for California on
Q: Civil Unlimited Superior Court on Demurrer/Motions/Sanctions Case reassignment process First Amended complaint

Civil Unlimited Superior Court on Demurrer/Motions/Sanctions Case reassignment process First Amended complaint

an application on Findings Order from demurring papers leave to amend in 20 days.

The Amended version was submitted on the 16th day. On the 19th day the clerk rejected the... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

In California, when a court grants leave to amend a complaint and sets a deadline, the initial submission date is typically considered as long as the amendment is made within the permitted time frame. However, if the clerk rejects the filing due to technical issues, this can complicate matters. The... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice and Trademark for California on
Q: Civil Unlimited Superior Court on Demurrer/Motions/Sanctions Case reassignment process First Amended complaint

an application on Findings Order from demurring papers leave to amend in 20 days.

The Amended version was submitted on the 16th day. On the 19th day the clerk rejected the filing on a technical issue.

The technical issues was immediately resolved and resubmitted. Aft 3 more days the... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

In California, the legal procedure around amended complaints and the timing of submissions can be complex. When you initially submit your amended document within the allowed timeframe, which in your case was within 20 days, you've adhered to the initial requirement. However, if the clerk... View More

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Q: Can we use NWWA as our rap group name that we're creating.

The problem is that there's a group called NWA, so that's the thing worrying us.

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Using "NWWA" as your rap group's name when there is already a well-known group called "NWA" does present potential concerns. The proximity in name could lead to confusion or comparisons, potentially affecting how your group is perceived. It's important to consider how... View More

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Q: I own a PING putter and want to add the brand name "PING" to another location on the putter. Is that infringement?

The golf putter brand is PING. I would be adding the manufacturers logo to their own product. I'd be customizing/personalizing the putter for personal use and that is one of the added features I want.

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In the specific situation you described, adding the "PING" logo to another location on a genuine PING putter for personal use and customization is unlikely to be considered trademark infringement under U.S. law.

Here's why:

1. Genuine product: Since you own an...
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Q: Can I use the term "That's what she said" for a blog site name?
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answered on Mar 5, 2024

Using the phrase "That's what she said" as the name for a blog site is generally permissible, as it is a common expression used in various forms of dialogue and humor. The phrase itself is part of public domain and is widely recognized as a colloquial expression rather than a... View More

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Q: is it possible re-register my trademark

ACADIGM

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answered on Mar 4, 2024

Yes, you can re-register your trademark "ACADIGM" under certain conditions. Trademark registration is designed to protect your brand and ensure that it is uniquely associated with your products or services. If your trademark has expired or if there have been significant changes to your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: How do I trademark my ens legis? I have durable power of attorney over my ens legis and I have it copyrighted.

U.S. state national

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

To trademark your ens legis, or legal entity, it's crucial to understand that trademarks in the United States are meant to protect brands, logos, names, and symbols used on goods and services to identify their source. If you have durable power of attorney over an ens legis and have already... View More

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Q: Hello, I would like to get permission to sell some Saltburn merch on eBay that I created the items that I will be sellin

selling our T-shirts, hoodies, blankets, socks, posters, crewneck, sweatshirts, canvas posters, and more. I will have Multiple’s of each. And also different colors for each. Also Amazon, and Walmart Etsy

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

Selling merchandise related to a specific place or brand on platforms like eBay, Amazon, Walmart, and Etsy requires attention to copyright and trademark laws. If "Saltburn" refers to a protected place name, logo, or other trademarked material, you need to ensure you have the right to use... View More

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Q: If I alter the logo and include a disclaimer on my store stating it's a different brand, will a trademark still be valid

I recently got a copyright, intellectual property infringement notice, or a DMCA on my product saying it was violating the trademark of a product called tush baby. When I researched the trademark, it said quotation mark baby carriers; baby carriers weren’t on the body; baby carriers were on the... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Altering the logo and including a disclaimer on your store that it's a different brand might not be sufficient to avoid trademark infringement issues. Trademarks protect brand identifiers that distinguish goods or services from those of others, including logos, names, and even distinctive... View More

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Q: I sell a product that another brand has trademarked how much do I have to change the product so the trade mark is invaid

I recently got a copyright intellectual property infringement notice or a DMCA on my product, saying it was violating the trademark of a product called tush baby, when I researched their trademark it said " Pouch baby carriers; baby carriers worn on the body; baby carriers worn on the hip with... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Navigating trademark law involves understanding the distinction between the trademarked brand identity and the generic product type or category. A trademark protects brand names, logos, and specific phrases used to identify the source of goods or services, not the generic product itself. Thus,... View More

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Q: Can a phrase using common words be used on apparel when a pending trademark of that phrase exists?

I’d like to use a two-word phrase of common words on my apparel line (t-shirts, caps, etc.), but I found a trademark filing for these words. From what I see on the TSDR the trademark is a service mark that is still pending. The Mark information is a Standard Character Mark with no claim to font... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Good questions! To answer this:

- The trademark with a status of "Notification of Non-Final Action Emailed” means the USPTO examiner issued an initial refusal or required some changes to the application. It is still pending and not registered.

- Importantly, a pending...
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