Basic answer would be Yes, you can, as the copyright arises upon creation of the work. However there are some pros of registration of copyright in the U.S. or other few countries. You should seek intellectual property attorney to get the most efficient option for your situation.
I am planning on making them and selling them in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of TN. We would get a small business license, and pick our own messages. But I'm wondering if I legally can't, based on this patent. And if this patent doesn't stop me, are there other patents that... Read more »
This is not a patent. It is a published patent application that was abandoned a long time ago. If you need a patent search to see if any other patents out there would present a problem, you're gonna have to engage a patent professional. But this patent application would not be a problem.
There is no copyright information on these books, and no photographers are cited. The school still stands today, but not as a high school. Should I ask the current administrator(s) for permission to use these decades-old pictures?
Sorry, but you cannot patent a mere idea. You need to have an actual invention.
Once you do have the invention (see your patent attorney what the difference between an invention and a mere idea is), then you need to figure out how you are going to make money on it. That is the hard part.
If i make a company that has a similar but different spelling in the name than one that is currently copyrighted or trademarked, could i possibly be sued? I have no affiliation with said company nor do i sell or copy anything of said company, just two similar names. There is a trademark for the... Read more »
It's really just a modification I've made to stuffed animals, that started out as a game mechanic. I just really want to make sure that if someone manufactures it that they won't stop me from using the design. Making some money off of it wouldn't hurt either but it is secondary.
You may want to consider protecting your toy with a patent, assuming your modifications to existing toys are novel and non-obvious. You will need a patent attorney to help you assessing the patentability of your toy and preparing and filing the patent application.
I'm a designer and am designing a logo for a company called Southside Vols Nutrition, and wanted to make sure that I'm not infringing on an existing logo work mark when I start into this thing. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks.
Because all of those characters are either protected under copyright on trademark, your proposed activity would result in infringement. To help you better understand the implications of such intellectual property rights, both the Copyright Office and USPTO have excellent informative websites. I...Read more »
I want to be Legally Registered with my Business Name, LLC but my domain name and product Trademark to be a different name. Is this possible? Also, what legal issues do I need to worry about and any other added information would be amazing. Im selling clothes and the name is a little edgy and dont... Read more »
I recommend you consult with a business attorney to discuss in greater detail. In general, you could register an LLC as a certain name and use another moniker to denote the business. This is fairly common practice, many businesses operate and trademark certain names while the LLC could be something...Read more »
I make items from wood and would like to put them on a website to sell. The thing I am unsure about is, some of the items are props designed after video games, tv shows, and/or movies. What would be required far as this goes?
I have had correspondence with lawfirm who agreed to payments on a debt. Today there was a card from a lady who tried to serve me for a lawsuit. I haven’t been able to find anything about the lawsuit yet and am unsure of how i would find this. Any advice? The payments have not defaulted.
If a lawsuit has been filed, it is a public record at the courthouse. However, it will only be filed in one county ( not all of them) and many times, the plaintiff has a choice as to which county they may elect to file in. For example, if the debt is the result of an auto accident, the plaintiff...Read more »
Congratulations on your new venture! I hope that it is a great success.
You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first...Read more »
Selling online is still selling, and selling them with the decal on gives the appearance of being a licensed product when it is not. What you describe is using someone else's brand for commercial purposes without their permission. The printer may have the license to sell the decals, but that...Read more »
You have described a "poor man's copyright." It's worth about as much as the piece of paper it's written on, but not after you add postage. Under U.S. law, a copyright comes into existence the moment the original idea is "fixed in a tangible medium" - when you...Read more »
I am starting a craft business and I have been looking into the law relevant to that. I recently read a blog post about how a person had to take down their clip art listing from Etsy because it infringed on a patent. The clip art design was a green tractor with yellow wheels. She said that there... Read more »
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