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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for New York on
Q: How do I legally use an already trademarked character?

I'm Looking to use a Disney character. Rather a warner brother character for a piece in my clothing line

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

To legally use a trademarked character, such as a Disney or Warner Bros. character, you typically need to obtain permission from the company that owns the intellectual property rights. This usually involves securing a licensing agreement. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Identify the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Can you restore my lost trademark for "abandonment"? I have been using this name for 60 years

Trademark Details

Status: 602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond Or Late Response

Image for trademark with serial number 85047118

Serial Number85047118

Status602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond Or Late Response

Status Date2011-04-06

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Micah Barrett
Micah Barrett
answered on Apr 5, 2024

Good afternoon,

It appears that your did not respond to an Office Action received on September 8, 2010, within the six month response period. Consequently, the USPTO sent you a "Notice of Abandonment." You had two months from the receipt of the Notice of Abandonment to file a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: The use of famous names/trademarks in word search books.

I am creating word search books for the American market and was wondering if it is ok to use the names of famous people, such as authors and actors, or the names of games, such as Monopoly in my word lists. They would be factual and not portray anyone/thing in an unfavourable light. The words would... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

When incorporating the names of famous people or trademarks, such as board games, into your word search books intended for the American market, it is crucial to consider intellectual property laws. The use of famous names can be complex due to copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property), Trademark and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: I want to use a name that's trademarked under the entertainment/toys section, for my new tech company - am I allowed to?
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answered on Mar 3, 2024

Using a name that is already trademarked in one category for a new company in a different category, such as from entertainment/toys to tech, might be possible, but it depends on several factors. Trademarks are generally sector-specific, meaning that protection typically extends only to the same or... View More

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Q: how can i open up my case for trademark again?

i filed to trademark my name but it was abandonded to an open action? im not sure

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answered on Feb 26, 2024

If your trademark application was marked as abandoned due to an open action and you're looking to reopen your case, there are steps you can take to address the issue. Understanding why your application was abandoned is crucial. Typically, this happens if a response to an office action was not... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Will there be legal issues if I mention TikTok's name while promoting my app?

Me and my team are working on a video sharing app called Clipzy and we have been promoting it as a TikTok alternative, and we wanted to make sure there weren't any legal issues that can arise.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Using TikTok's name to promote your app as an alternative might raise legal concerns depending on how you use it. While mentioning TikTok for comparison purposes could be considered fair use, implying an association or endorsement from TikTok without permission could lead to trademark... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Can I create a name that is "word1 and word 2: word 3 word 4 word 5" when "word1 and word2" is already a trade mark?

I have a product with 6 words. But it seems the first 2 words are trademarked. Can I still use this name or would I need to change it all?

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If "word1 and word2" is already a trademark, it's crucial to proceed with caution. Even if you use "word3 word4 word5" along with it, there could still be potential legal issues, especially if the combination creates confusion with the existing trademark. Using part of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Is it legally allowed to sell goods such as clothing items with the phrase "Spidey sense" on them?

Those clothing items do not include anything else that might be related to "spider-man". the clothing items only have the phrase "Spidey sense" and graffiti designs that are free to use on them.

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Selling clothing items with the phrase "Spidey sense" on them may potentially raise legal issues related to trademark and copyright. "Spidey sense" is a term associated with the fictional character Spider-Man, a trademarked and copyrighted character owned by Marvel Comics, which... View More

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Q: Can you tell me if the Long Island Honey Company is trademarked?
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answered on Dec 7, 2023

To determine if "Long Island Honey Company" is trademarked, you would need to search the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. This can be done through the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system available on the USPTO website. You can search by the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Hi Journalist seeks a quick chat with patent attorney today

Seeking quick comment on man trying to TM phrase "From the River to the Sea"

Adam W. Bell
Adam W. Bell
answered on Nov 24, 2023

Two trademark applications were filed on November 8, 2023 and November 17, 2023, both by

River to the Sea LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NEW JERSEY 330 Changebridge Road Suite 101 Pine Brook NEW JERSEY 07058...
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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Can I trademark my music groups name, even if it’s trademarked for other companies that aren’t music related?
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answered on Nov 17, 2023

Yes, you can trademark your music group's name even if it's already trademarked in other, non-music-related industries. Trademarks are generally industry-specific, meaning the same name can be used in different industries without issue, as long as there's no likelihood of consumer... View More

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Q: When filling out the USPTO TEAS form to file a trademark, would the class for a restaurant be 043 ?

I am filling out a USPTO TEAS form on behalf of a restaurant that sells food (restaurant and catering services). Would the class be 43 or would I need to be more specific with a term ID like 043-165 for restaurant and catering services.

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

When filing a USPTO TEAS form for a trademark in the context of a restaurant that provides both restaurant and catering services, Class 43 is indeed the appropriate classification. This class broadly covers services related to the provision of food and drink, which typically includes restaurants... View More

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Q: What if a business has a name similar to yours but is not trademark? Can you trademark the name first?

What if a business has a similar name to yours but isnt trademarked? I want to trademark "ali law associates" however, there are is another business called "ali law group" that is not trademarked (they are also in the same state). since they aren't trademarked first, would... View More

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

In the scenario where you want to trademark "Ali Law Associates" and there's an existing business named "Ali Law Group" in the same state, the absence of a formal trademark on the latter does not automatically ensure that you can trademark your business name.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: can you name a weed strain after military aircraft like the b-2 stealth bomber or are they copyrighted?
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answered on Sep 18, 2023

Naming a weed strain after a military aircraft like the B-2 Stealth Bomber could potentially raise legal issues, but it's not primarily a copyright concern. Instead, the primary concern would likely be trademark and intellectual property rights.

The name of a military aircraft like the...
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Q: Hi, in regards to serial number 78560250, or trademark "home sweet home" can I use the slogan in a diferent font

I am wondering if I can use this slogan of

home sweet home as a slogan for real estate purposes on promotional items, for example a spoon or a corkscrew. Is it ok to do if it is in a diferent font?

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answered on Sep 10, 2023

Although the phrase HOME SWEET HOME has been registered as a trademark for air fresheners, it remains a common expression and has not been commercially appropriated for any other purpose. As long as you are not advertising air fresheners, there is no likelihood of confusion. Certainly in the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: What does Status 710-cancelled-section 8 means for a trademark? SOunds like it is cancelled?
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answered on Aug 30, 2023

After federal registration of a trademark, the owner must maintain the registration by filing a declaration that the mark is still being used in commerce, paying a fee, and submitting a specimen showing the use; these requirements must be fulfilled between the 5th and 6th anniversary of the... View More

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Q: Someone stole the intellectual property of my active business and they trademarked the name before me. Do I have a case?

I started a business with my business partner in 2019. We created a brand, a website, a logo, an email account, and social media accounts. We ran a profitable business until late 2021 (Covid) when we temporarily shut down. In the middle of all this, we created an LLC for this business.... View More

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answered on Aug 23, 2023

The earlier use in commerce of a trademark gives it priority over a later use of the same or similar mark, even if there has been an interruption of use for some period of time. If the later-filed application has not yet been published for opposition (the last step in the registration process), the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for New York on
Q: Can I use the term "baseball" in the name of a new product i created?
David Aldrich
David Aldrich
answered on Aug 22, 2023

It certain instances, it would depend on what type of product it is. There is nothing inherently wrong with using the term "baseball" in a product name. And if the product relates to baseballs, this is a generic term, so no one can stop you from using this term. However, it is possible... View More

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Q: Is there a way to re- establish a trademark that I had but let run out at renewal or do I need to start over?

Currently, I checked and the history remains cancelled with no other application.

Matthew Alexander Toporek
Matthew Alexander Toporek
answered on Jun 19, 2023

If your trademark was registered and then cancelled because the required renewal paperwork was not timely filed, then you will likely have to file a new application. There is a 2 month grace period after the cancellation notice is sent where you can attempt to revive the registration but after that... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: I am designing a Champagne flights menu with “The Concorde” and “The Dreamliner.” Is this copyright infringement?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 16, 2023

Your post may have been overlooked for two weeks because it left out a category that could also be relevant to your concerns - you chose the names of two highly recognized commercial passenger aircraft. You could repost and add "Trademark" to your original two categories. That might give... View More

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