You can look up any trademark by searching for the mark by application number, owner or actual mark on the USPTO website. The owner of the mark or the person of record will receive an email when a mark has been registered with the USPTO or if an office action is received. To know the status of a...View More
im thinking about a restaurant called H&V (heroes and villains) using my own personal collection of figures and comics to display would this be against copyright or trademark laws no names will ever be used
Creating a superhero/supervillain-themed restaurant like H&V, using your personal collection of figures and comics for display, can be a complex matter in terms of copyright and trademark laws. The key issue is whether the use of these items could be seen as infringing on the intellectual...View More
I wrote this blog years ago titling it Waxing Poetic, musings on life, love, and the pursuit of joy, and then discovered later there was a jewelry company with that phrase trademarked. Waxing Poetic is an actual phrase used from the 1800s about writing or describing something in an eloquent or... View More
Using a title for your book that matches your blog named "Waxing Poetic" could potentially raise trademark concerns if the jewelry company has indeed trademarked the phrase and if your book could be perceived as being in a related category of goods or likely to cause confusion among...View More
Hosting a paint party where participants paint the Grinch's face involves copyright considerations, as the character is protected intellectual property. If you are providing instruction and supplies for individuals to create their own paintings for personal use, it generally falls under...View More
There are several existing trademarks for each of these. It's possible you could use it, depending on what category of goods/services your company deals in. You should consult a qualified trademark attorney, who can help you determine whether you are able to use these and if you should seek...View More
Yes, you can put the letters CNN on your jacket without violating copyright. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, such as literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. The letters CNN are not an original work of authorship, so they are not protected by copyright. However, Warner...View More
If the mark was registered, the abandonment was most likely due to failure to file a statement of continuing use and specimen in the fifth year after registration. If it was an application to register the mark, most likely there was a failure to respond to an office action by the examining...View More
This application is dead, having been abandoned in March 2023 for failure to respond to an office action in August 2022 noting that "applicant's mark, INREST, is confusingly similar to the registered mark, INNEREST." A new application for the same mark would fail for the same reason.
If I am using a font that has been recreated by someone (but it looks *almost* identical) and I decide to create a formal 501c3 nonprofit public charity named "Rain'bow" (as an example) and create a logo using that name with that similar StarTrek font, would that be risky regarding... View More
Even if you don't use the words "Star" or "Trek," using a font that is closely associated with or identical to the one used in the Star Trek franchise could pose a risk of copyright or trademark infringement. The key issues would be whether the use of the font creates a...View More
I started working on my brand Ghosted in July, I used Canva fonts and everything for the logo and worked long and hard and got samples and on 8/25 I ordered my first order of 360 units. I own the LLC Ghosted, have the trademark filed for Ghosted for apparel, and this morning I also filed a... View More
Given your description, it appears you have taken significant steps to legally protect your brand, including forming an LLC and filing for trademark protections for both your brand name and logo. In trademark law, the key issue often revolves around who used the mark first in commerce; since you...View More
I'm wanting to create a LEGO video game and I emailed them but they said to look at their Fair Play policies and I read it but it isn't clear on video games and they said if i was unsure to ask a lawyer or someone who knows the law.
LEGO makes locking bricks, which are rather obviously not video games. Other companies make locking bricks, so it's fine to use imagery of locking bricks for your video game. If you want to specifically use the LEGO name or identifiers in your video game and sell it, you are effectively using...View More
To seek permission to use a trademarked phrase, you should try to identify the owner of the trademark and contact them directly. You can search the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database or other relevant sources to find the trademark owner's contact information. If you are...View More
I have developed a brand logo based on an original piece of art. I have essentially animated elements of the piece to create a brand logo. I have tried to find the artist contact information to reach out directly but have hit dead ends.
Yes, original art is protected by copyright as soon as it is created. If you have developed a brand logo based on an original piece of art, you may be infringing on the artist's copyright if you do not have permission to use or modify the original artwork. To avoid potential legal issues, it...View More
If I wanted to name my brand 'Distinct Routes' but 'Distinct' is an already registered and live trademark and 'Routes' is also a live trademark, would I have any issues naming my brand 'Distinct Routes' and submitting for trademark registration? All the... View More
If 'Distinct' and 'Routes' are both already registered and live trademarks in the same class, using 'Distinct Routes' for your brand may potentially infringe on the rights of the existing trademark owners. While the absence of identical matches in your search may be...View More
FLOWPROPS is arguably not "confusingly similar" thus probably registrable. If the description of the use of the goods is sufficiently distinct from that of FLOWTOYS, then it would be more likely to be registrable; for instance, if FLOWPROPS were used for instruction rather than...View More
No, making a minor alteration to the Red Cross symbol, such as adding a break in the plus sign or changing it to a T, would still likely be considered a violation of the Geneva Conventions and the federal law that protects the Red Cross symbol.
I used an online company to submit filing for trademark of my Hercules Dock Bumpers name. Serial Number 97643107. I've paid the initial USPTO filing fee and have been waiting months for it to be assigned. I just got notice that the application was accepted and will be assigned to an... View More
Your application SN 97643107 for federal registration of the mark HERCULES DOCK BUMPERS was filed 10/21/2022 by attorney Sandy Lipkin and is awaiting assignment to an examining attorney, which currently takes 8.5 months. If the registration is granted, it will be effective throughout the US and all...View More
This is a very common question as these topics are not taught in school. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has a web page that addresses this issue. https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/trademark-patent-copyright
I hope that this helps. Note--just as you may have a dead...View More
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