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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: is it illegal for a guardian to take money or something a minor bought themselves with their own money?

My mom has taken a phone that I bought and paid for with my own money along with two paychecks worth of money and my debit card that is in my own name. I turn 18 in May and would just like to know if this is illegal so I can get my things back.

0 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Alabama on
Q: Can I use a portion of the GameBoy startup sound in my own song?

Im a musician and I'm writing a song about nostalgia. The Nintendo GameBoy was a huge nostalgia factor for me. The GameBoy startup sound is just one extended chord followed by an individual note. Could I possibly get sued by Nintendo if I put the chord from the startup sound into my song?

0 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Education Law, Intellectual Property and International Law on
Q: I've been given 221g for F1 US Visa application on account of what I think is due of my work experience in Aerospace.

I'm actually a software developer by profession but I happened to work on a project for the Aerospace industry and my designation says R&D engineer/scientist. The Visa officer asked my what my project is and my contributions towards the project. I clearly explained it is a software... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Florida on
Q: If I use a watermarked video as the audio source for another video, will I get in trouble for not showing the watermark?

I want to record a video on a bigger and better platform, but the watermark placed on the video takes up nearly half of the screen. However, there is another editing platform that I found that doesn't have a watermark, but is not as versatile. Now, lets say that I export the first video from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Kansas on
Q: I am starting a clothing line for my brand that covers Kansas City Chiefs news. Can I use logos, player names, etc?

Will I run into any legal trouble if I use the Chiefs logo, specific player names, past logos, or such on my clothing? A better way to say it is what can't I include and what can I include. Thank you.

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Nov 30, 2022

The answer/answers to your question/questions depend on various further details that must be presented from your side first so the advice can be given based on all relevant case information.

What I can definitely say, from the point of view of intellectual property law and trademark law, it...
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0 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property on
Q: Can I apply for an parent again for the same invention that I submitted few years ago and abandoned the application ?

I abandoned the application after the first decline from the patent office ( the request was at the U.S patent office)

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: can i get in trouble for using pictures i took for work, for personal matters?

for personal matters, not to sell the pictures

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 23, 2022

If the pictures were creative works, you could be violating your former employer's copyright interests in such works. Typically, under the work for hire doctrine, the copyright for creative works made by an employee belongs to the employer, not to the individual employee that created them.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property on
Q: Can I use the word supernatural in my game? Supernatural is a word and that's the only thing I want to use.

I have an original work and I wish to use the word supernatural for the title. Am I infringing any trademark by doing so?

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Nov 22, 2022

In my opinion, word supernatural is a word with a meaning and many use it in common language. So unless you use it in sense of trademark, then you should be good to go. However if you want to be certain about this, then you should seek a qualified trademark attorney in your area to seek her/his... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: If an unleashed dog enters my fenced, posted private property, do I have to let the owner in to retrieve it?

This has happened a few times with the same dog and supervising the dog owner during the retrieval is costing me time away from my work from home job.

0 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property on
Q: Is it plagiarism?

Hello, my professor gave us an assignment. One of the questions asked us to use a specific website to answer the following questions. Is it plagiarism if, when asked “What is the goal of this practice?” To answer it by saying “The goal of this practice is stated to be…” followed by a word... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Agricultural Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Intellectual Property for Alabama on
Q: My mother in law was selling property to a family member who was supposed to make a monthly payment on the land. To help

My mother in law was selling property to a family member who was supposed to make a monthly payment on the land. To help The family member, my mother in law gave them the deed. If they never paid for the property as agreed , I’d there anything that can be done. ?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: Trademarks vs. copyrights?

Trademarks vs. copyrights? I have a business where I create websites and apps. I am not inventing anything new just adding a different take on already existing products. For example, I am doing a mindfulness app for kids. Do I need to trademark everything I do or can I just copyright my work?

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Nov 12, 2022

Most businesses do at least "bare minimum" in case of trademarking and that means that they try to trademark at least their main business name and their main product name. Even though copyright protection might extend to some of your business outputs, it does not offer you the trademark... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Louisiana on
Q: I received a mail from Kilpatrick Townsend about infringement of Apple’s intellectual property.

I received a mail from Kilpatrick Townsend about infringement of Apple’s intellectual property. I have an android app which uses Dark Sky company's weather data by formal way (I make payment every month for using Dark Sky data). But the Dark Sky company is bought by Apple in 2020. My weather... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Tis could be a very case sensitive situation and we would need more details about the case in order to advice more. I highly recommend you to seek an advice from a local intellectual property lawyer so she/he can go through your case in detail and can give you best possible solution for this... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: Can the formula for a specific type of concrete be patented?

I have developed a type of concrete specifically for my use making Anaerobic Digesters, which exhibits specific properties beneficial to the structure and operation of Mesophilic Anaerobic Digesters intended to be installed and operated as generational (extended time-frame) projects.

Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig
answered on Nov 9, 2022

Yes. Like all patents, however, the formula needs to be novel and not obvious. Check patents.google.com or other source to see prior art on concrete formulas. The good news and bad news is that there are a lot of concrete formula patents ahead of you. The examiner will be looking at your patent... Read more »

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0 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: I want to use a letter in my book. The letter was written by person 1 to person 2. Person 2 gave it to me...

Can I freely use the letter submitted by person 2, who sent it with the Intent and knowledge of it being publicly reproduced on social media platforms? Who owns the IP for the letter , if anyone does , after knowingly being submitted by person 2 for public distribution? Do I need permission to use... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Intellectual Property for Kansas on
Q: In Kansas, what is required to show that two products are similar enough to qualify as part of misappropriation?

If two products that are marketed on their visual uniqueness (like clothes or fabrics) look very similar to each other, if the process of making of them is considered trade secret, and one was made well before the other, is that visual similarity enough to suggest the newer one was stolen from the... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: is there a difference between practical use and statistical use in copyright law.

in copy right law making tangible copy is not protected of the subject of technical drawings from what i read it is because of practical use. statistical use is different because it is not useful until interpreted in a comprehensive way the result of data processing. chip masks are all of practical... Read more »

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