I am in the process of creating a song that has lyrics including the phrase "Oh Yeah". In the song, I have a voice actor using the phrase and his vocal sound (tone) sounds very similar to Kraft's Kool-Aide Man's "Oh Yeah". The lyrics of the song does not mention or... Read more »
You correctly note that common utterance "oh, yeah" is not by itself capable of being the exclusive property of Kraft. Neither is the voice characterization, especially when the usage you intend is not in connection with a competitive product.
I helped create the club back in 2003 and we have evidence and witnesses that can collaborate the time of formation. We are also an international club and have members across the globe. We do not want to have a Marijuana dispensary with the same name as us. And while our name is not trademarked it... Read more »
You may be able to oppose the registration by what is called a "junior user" (you are the "senior user" based on your prior use) when its application is published for opposition, which is the last step in federal registration of trademarks and collective membership marks (a...Read more »
The product should be relatively easy & inexpensive to manufacture. I’ve done as much in-depth research as possible online - and nothing like this exists as far as I can tell. I’ve spoken with friends, relatives, neighbors about a need for such an item and I’ve received 100% positive... Read more »
Kudos to you for doing some prep work before your first meeting with a patent attorney. I love clients like that. I teach entrepreneurs about the patent process. I think it would be worth your time to review my intro slide set just so that you have some vocabulary and basic concepts...Read more »
A logo for a business is an issue of trademark law rather than copyright law because your logo is how a potential customer would recognize you in the marketplace and distinguish you from your competitors.
To properly answer this question, you should meet with an attorney to discuss details...Read more »
It is certainly possible to register a dance group's name, or any other performance name, as a trademark. The question will be the extent to which the mark is used in interstate commerce and in relation to what service or product.
A trademark lawyer will be able to discuss these...Read more »
I am looking to start a brand, I had started searching through trademarks and found one similar but I have some different design ideas. The owner of mark has been mailed abandonment and things along the lines of that. How do I know if I can start making stuff?
Your business name is not necessarily your trademark. Even if it is, it is not confusingly similar to theirs. So you can still register it as your trademark. Confusingly similar means that consumers would not assume that the clothing you are selling is from them because the record industry is...Read more »
A trademark should not be used if it is confusingly similar to another existing trademark in use for the same or related class of good or services. Using the same dominant term as another similar trademark may be refused for registration due to likelihood of confusion and may also be deemed...Read more »
The 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" wasn't properly trademarked due to an error and ended up in the Public Domain. Various Comic book Characters from the Golden Age of Comics in the 1930s and 1940s also entered the public domain when their publishers went out of business. I just... Read more »
First, be generally aware there is a difference between 'registered' copyrighted works, works protected by copyright, and works with expired copyright protections, and 'works' without copyright protection.
Second, intellectual property is quite a bit like any other type...Read more »
Maybe yes, maybe no. The trademark world is divided into 45 different categories (also known as classes). Each class represents a different group of goods or services. If Levi's has the name Denizen trademarked for jeans then they likely have a trademark in class 025 (the class for clothing)....Read more »
I am a US resident and need to protect my US registered trademark in Australia. I found that someone has stolen my mark and is using it for the same class of products as my brand. Could I use an Australian virtual mailing address to register my mark? On their trademark website, ipaustralia.gov.au,... Read more »
Without knowing other key details here, I believe you should be able to do so. But registering your trademark after infringement may impact your claim for damages or injunctive relief. Feel free to reach out to me with any more questions!
Interesting question - I would have thought that G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) would be too generic to trademark, but I see that some people have successfully done it. You should check the TESS database (tess2.uspto.gov) to search for all of the US registered trademarks with the word GOAT in...Read more »
A business typically acquires rights to a trademark based on usage. Even if the trademark is abandoned it may still be in use. If by purchasing the trademark you mean registering it, then prior to doing so, work with a trademark attorney to assist you with clearing the trademark to ensure that the...Read more »
If you are referring to the federal trademark registration process, then as a part of the application process, you will have to select the applicable classes (clothing, accessories, etc) in which you use or will use the trademark. It is best to work with a trademark attorney to guide you in this...Read more »
I would like to use the old English "D" with a variation for a 501(C)3 veterans hockey logo. My modification to the "D" is a helmet hanging off of it covering part of the "D" but the "D" is still very visible. Is this trademark infringement?
I was hired by a publisher to write a non-fiction book on a very popular television show where I discuss the history of the show, the themes, the characters and provide my opinion on each of the series episodes. Publisher states because I'm providing an opinion there is absolutely no copyright... Read more »
Your concerns are valid. You should consider seriously getting permission. Make sure the hiring party give you a contract where they take full responsibility or liability. Consult with an attorney before doing anything.
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