It is a book about positive, negative, and flat character arcs. The cover would preferably have easily recognizable shadows of characters that fit each arc type. Such as Han Solo, Walter White, and Wonder Woman. I have characters in the public domain in mind in case I need to go that route, but... View More
This raises both copyright and trademark issues, but both bend in your favor.
The copyrights in the commercial depictions of the characters are owned by the producers, but allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,...View More
In general, yes, you can take a photo of a car in a public area and use it for commercial purposes such as selling it on a shirt. However, there are certain legal considerations to keep in mind, such as potential copyright or trademark issues if there are logos or branding visible on the car....View More
This is quite complicated question and an answer to it depends on various circumstances you have not mentioned such as date of priority, lenght of usage of trademark, goods and services in question, territory in which trademarks are in use and so on.
The name I will be using is “Digitone”. Needing to make sure this doesn’t compete with trademarks under the name that are already in use. As I will not be making products that compete with these said companies that currently hold the trademarked name which seem to be around 5+ companies.
Yes, you can use a stage name that is a word or phrase that already exists in another line of business. Trademarks and, more generally, the words and phrases you use to distinguish your performances, are subject to a broad legal test that focuses on likelihood of confusion. The confusion in...View More
The application (serial number 86066606) to register NO PITY SELF INFLICTED was abandoned in 2014, for failure to respond to an action from the trademark examiner. It cannot be revived. If you still want to use and register the mark as before, you should consult an experienced trademark attorney...View More
I am an author and I have been considering creating a story based on Kong, using all of the Kong properties such as the character of Kong himself, skull island, and the things related to the original 1933 story. From what I understand Universal Studios own the rights to the character King Kong, but... View More
Interesting question. You need to consult with an attorney to evaluate your options.
It is possible that parts of the story are now or soon in public domain. BUT you need to be careful on what you use. Just because something is in the public domain, if you copy somebody's else...View More
Ability to legally use a trademark depends on many factors. If a trademark is registered and being used in a class/category that is similar or related to your proposed class/category, then that trademark could prevent your trademark from being registered. Additionally, using the trademark could...View More
The Word, Symbol or Device you use to identify your business is a trademark. A trademark can be used as a common-law mark, registered in a state and, if interstate commerce is intended the mark can be registered with the Federal Trademark Office.
The Mark cannot be similar in sight of...View More
If you are referring to the active status of a federal trademark registration, you can conduct a trademark search using TESS on the USPTO website and the results will indicate which marks have "active registrations". However, you should note that unregistered trademarks in use and/or...View More
I have actively been using my business name since 2007. I first registered my trademark in 2009 and then renewed it (via Justia) in December 2014. I thought that I did not have to renew again for 10 years (in 2024) but just learned that it had been cancelled in August 2019. Apparently they... View More
Unfortunately, the grace period to file the statement of use and renewal has passed. If you have continued to use the mark in commerce then you have not lost your common law trademark rights. Cancellation of a federal registration does not prohibit you from using the mark, it changes the remedies...View More
I sell on Ebay and I just got a letter from a law firm saying using "The North Face" is a trademark violation can I just use "North Face" without the "The". They are saying if I don't remove all my listings they may take legal action. My understanding is when I... View More
It depends what your product is and if it will cause confusion in the marketplace with the trademark registered by The North Face. Each trademark is attached to a good or service. If your good or service is the same or similar to the good or service trademarked by The North Face, then you may have...View More
This question is based on a fake model part of an educational module. Due to the limited resources available to obtain such information, I am looking for rough estimates of the costs I should expect. Since the model is not realistic many factors are excluded.
It is possible that by selling products made off-shore that you may be infringing a US patent claim that is from an unexpired US patent. A US patent can be used to prohibit someone from making, using, selling, or offering to sell a product that is covered by one or more patent claims of an...View More
This is a simple process if you know what you're doing. It's important that any assignment agreement assigns the rights to not just the trademark, but all goodwill associated with the mark as well, which is language that would be drafted into the applicable assignment agreements. If you...View More
It is technically possible, though very difficult. Last I checked (I once had a hat idea that all my friends told me was dumb), the apparel (and hats) categories of licenses were essentially considered "closed" in that the NFL was not interested in talking to new potential licensees....View More
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