Technically, yes -- but you have to understand that "claiming" the mark is not the correct description -- you have the right to prepare and file a new registration application with the USPTO and go through the entire registration process for the mark you'd like to claim. This process...Read more »
I am disabled and live in a subsidized apt in GA. My neighbor let two people stay with her for approx. 2 weeks until they were arrested for trespassing. During that two weeks, the guests stole property I had on the porch due to bed bugs. Neighbor knew I was keeping those items. She even had a... Read more »
I would make sure that there is a criminal warrant against the 2 people that did the stealing. You can always apply for a criminal warrant on your neighbor for aiding and abetting. You can also try to sue her for any items she lied about and said they were hers. I hope this helps. An attorney can...Read more »
Abandonment of a trademark or a trademark application does not necessarily mean that the name is not in use in commerce. It simply means that that particular application or registration has been abandoned.
Before proceeding to attempt to register the same trademark, you should consult with...Read more »
With the understanding that we would never the put out evicted or any thing of that matter and we were to live there until our deaths upon signing the papers I the mother his soul financier of this property and its taxes who was evicted within two months and now my brother is being threatened with... Read more »
Your unfortunate situation was caused by your erroneous belief that non-lawyers can do very important things that involve their property rights without benefit of counsel. So now, rather than hire a real estate lawyer to help you avoid the errors before you made them, you will have to hire a civil...Read more »
I have an inquiry about a business person who wants me to sign a trade secret document before getting out of our partnership (in which we haven’t signed anything and haven’t developed any specific implementation, just ideas through brainstorming deriving from known methods - there's also... Read more »
That's a complex situation. Without any formal company, you may both be operating under what is called a general partnership (but this should be addressed more conclusively by a Georgia lawyer). Even aside from the trade secret contract, to avoid incurring liability by your partner, I strongly...Read more »
My ex wife and I have two boys who she have kept from me. I got married in 2016 and was put on child support. I am tired of being harassed and I’m tired of my children getting hurt by me trying to contact them. I currently have two girls by my current wife and none of us are allowed to contact... Read more »
You are not likely to be able to terminate your parental rights under these circumstances. Termination of parental rights is only permitted in limited circumstances. Generally, only voluntarily when there is another parent willing to step into the biological parent's place in a step-parent...Read more »
My mother recently passed away, in her Will it states that my older sister, older brother and myself have rights to her belongings she's left behind. My step parent has took it upon himself to throw out her items left to me and my siblings. He's not listed in her last will and Testament... Read more »
Copyright is an asset just like physical possessions. If the company is in fact out of business, their assets went somewhere (and now belong to someone, such as the original owner's heirs, or another entity or individual) following the company's dissolution. Therefore you still must have...Read more »
An attorney would need to know the circumstances under which it became abandoned and how long ago it became abandoned to determine if it can be revived. Most likely, you will need to start over with a new application and a new filing fee.
He said he worked for a company that was opening up a new office in Atlanta and he needed and administrative assistant (what I applied for) ugrgently and he chose me. He asked me a couple of questions about how many hours am I will to work typical stuff. Then he said that I will be paid $750 every... Read more »
It probably means the proceeding to cancel a trademark has come to an end. Whether the trademark has been canceled or remains registered and enforceable is a different issue. If you would like more information about "dead" trademarks (including canceled ones), I have written a blog post...Read more »
I'm unclear which class to file under. I'm a coach/consultant operating an LLC under which I provide training, coaching, public speaking, and related services. I have developed an acronym-based goal-setting system, which I will be documenting in a series of books. As my LLC, I will be... Read more »
You have posed many questions and described a complicated scenario. I suggest it would be worth your while to work with a business attorney who is also conversant with IP matters like copyright and trademarks so that you do not take steps which might conflict with one of your other goals.
The simple answer is yes, if you have a new or inventive improvement over the baby seats that have come before. Most patents are for improvements rather than completely new fields of inventions. You need to talk with a patent professional to help you decide whether your invention is likely to...Read more »
Again this would be completely non-profit and open to the public. I was thinking of having it posted on a free webcomic site. The only thing is that the content would contain some reimagined versions of Marvel's characters and locations.
Fan fiction is generally considered derivative work, which only the original author may lawfully produce. So, you can be sued for producing fan fiction. Actively making money from writing fan fiction merely makes you more of a target for being sued, however, it's not a necessary component to a...Read more »
I want to hire a different illustrator on sequels for a picture book. Can the illustrator of the 1st book say the following: "The contract says I retain rights to the characters, so they are my characters and can not be reproduced by another artist. How much is the other artist charging you... Read more »
Your first illustrator can say whatever s/he wants about your contract, but this answer will depend almost entirely on what your contract actually says. Contact an attorney with experience in copyright law and ask them about the specifics of that contract.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.