The name is not a common word or phrase, but it is a bastardization of an American idiom which uses common words.
answered on Mar 7, 2023
Although titles of works are not copyrighted, the characters and other elements of the book may be, so steer clear of infringing them. The other consideration is whether the title -- even if not subject to copyright -- may be registered as a trademark. You should consult an experienced... Read more »
answered on Dec 27, 2020
Contact with an attorney to understand your rights and risks.
In general a domain does not assure any trademark rights.
answered on Nov 28, 2020
Hi there. You would need to provide more information for an attorney to answer this question.
answered on Aug 17, 2020
Trademarks (for goods) and service marks (for services) are used for identifying the "source" of the goods/services. Business names sometimes are referred to as trade names.
Your question is a little unclear. If you are asking whether a business name can also be used as a... Read more »
answered on Jul 27, 2020
The answer is “probably”. Fair Use I s determined on a case by case basis but parody is one of the acceptable forms of fair use. A parody is determined if a new work is providing commentary specifically on the Original work. In this case, you’d be making the statement, “don’t be a grouch,... Read more »
I think the Idea of using elements of an existing trademarked logo from another company may cause them some legal issues if they purse taking elements from another company’s logo
answered on Jun 19, 2020
There would need to be a side by side comparison to know for sure.
Generally, one can commit trademark infringement if there is use of a mark where: (a) the mark is the same as -- or similar to -- another mark; and (b) that use will cause likelihood of confusion to a potential consumer,... Read more »
I am helping host an event and we would like to use the slogan: "There's no place like home, and no taste like gumbo".
Furthermore, would the slogan: "There's no taste like gumbo", paired with a yellow brick road and red shoes for an event logo, cause any problems?
answered on May 1, 2020
I have the molds for these boats and was checking to see if patent expired
answered on Apr 4, 2020
Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are... Read more »
answered on Mar 31, 2020
Possession, without distribution, of non-sexual pictures of another person is not illegal.
Specifically any patents on permaroofs under the last name Black or Southern Builders out of El Dorado, Arkansas. Also there is Southern Builders out of Lebanon, Tennessee.
answered on Jan 14, 2020
There is a place to register patent assignments at the USPTO just like you register title to a piece of property. Not everyone does this but most people do and there are incentives to register assignments for certain types of patents. You can look for the the assignee names here --... Read more »
answered on Dec 30, 2019
It would be a bad idea for me to guess what led to the abandonment and what response you filed. It would be a good idea for you to contact the USPTO help desk as they can look into the electronic file and let you know the next step.
You can call 571 272 4200 ( they have several phone... Read more »
I received a message from someone on Facebook regarding some cosmetic brushes that I customize in my free time and that I have sold to a few people. They claim that their brushes, which are similar, are copyrighted but I see no proof of it on the website or elsewhere. They are also located in the... Read more »
answered on Aug 1, 2019
A work registered in the UK may be enforced here under the Berne Convention, but I'd ask them to give you proof of copyright.
any attribution of my contributions within press releases of the work — despite the fact that only my contributions appear in that press release. The attribution of the songs lyrics, and ideas in the NPR press release include every other joint-author excluding me. This enriches the other... Read more »
answered on Apr 24, 2019
Short answer: maybe. Long answer: it probably depends on how clear the evidence is that you were actually an author on the subject work. Have any of the other authors (or anyone generally involved in the development/project) claimed that you did not make any creative contribution to the final work... Read more »
I am in the process of making a video game and one of the world's is pokemon themed. I understood I cannot use their name but was wondering if I could use pokemon likenesses as nuisance creatures.
answered on Jun 5, 2018
Your question did not include a patent number. The first step of answering the question is to determine whether there is a patent that has issued and has not expired. You may want to do some searching using tips at my slide set http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching .
Generally the patent system... Read more »
Somewhat like boudin, but not. Full entree meals fully cooked that are stuffed into raw hog casings and just require bringing up to temp.
answered on Jan 15, 2018
There are dozens or hundreds of patents on making sausages or boudin. Some of them may extend to premade entrees.... Read more »
answered on Oct 25, 2017
Hi you also need to find out whether the other party registered its logo with the USPTO already. If not, it may not be able to enforce its rights of the mark in another state.
My logo and theirs is similar we both use word grounded , both have roots but different and mine come from tree forming the word grounded. Theirs is a coffee cup with word grounded above and roots inside cup. Can they come after me since they r copyrighted and say I stole from them
answered on Oct 25, 2017
Hi, you description of the issue seems you are talking about trademark rather than copyright. If you are concerning about use of similar logo, you may consider not only how similar the logo (the mark) is, but also the service/goods that you both deal with in the commerce.
I created promotional material for a show in Vegas. There was no contract; they never licensed it from me, so they don't own the rights to any of it.
They have since remounted a different show under the same name in LA & they are using my creative work to promote the new show.... Read more »
answered on Oct 7, 2017
The first step would be to approach them yourself to try to work out a deal. If that doesn't work, try having an attorney contact them on your behalf and explain why they are legally obligated to stop using your work and properly compensate you. If that fails, you could sue them for copyright... Read more »
I'm working to sell children's toys online as an affiliate marketer of Amazon.com. I am trying to determine if I'm legally allowed or permitted by The Ratman Chronicles authors/owners to feature the same words as are in the TV series title itself as a part of my domain name I... Read more »
answered on Jan 18, 2017
The domain name I believe is OK. Thre rest of it is murky and you'd really need to get some advice to avoid major issues.
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