When looking at the USPTO this mark is shown as abandoned. If the USPTO mark the trademark as dead then it is no longer protected and someone else can file for the mark. If the mark is still in-use and registered/active another individual or company would be unable to register for the mark.
Someone can always sue; the important question is whether someone would have a reasonable case against you. Usually, color alone is not sufficient to establish an enforceable trademark right, but there are exceptions, when a color has become associated with a particular product in the minds of...View More
Think famous quotes from Oprah or Steve Jobs or Dale Carnegie. Say I'm compiling a book of quotes to sell, or even emailing them out each day for a fee or something like that. Can I use other people's motivational/inspirational quotes (with or without attributing it to them) legally?... View More
Using motivational/inspirational quotes from famous individuals in a book or for profit can potentially raise copyright concerns. While short phrases or expressions may not be protected by copyright, using substantial portions of copyrighted works or attributing quotes without permission can...View More
I am writing a book about real events that happened to me/family. I stored the documents for my book in a storage facility. The owners signed an NDA to be able to read my book so far. I moved out of state and they sold my property for non-payment. Can I sue them for breaching the NDA by disclosing... View More
One good way to research this is to use patents.google.com, type in various relevant keywords, and see what you find. For example, try: https://patents.google.com/?q=helmet+baseball+cap&oq=helmet+in+baseball+cap and various other variations.
Although there are trademark registrations for marks including the words WHONIVERSE and MULTIVERSE, use of these words in a slogan should be considered fair use and not infringing as they are generic terms.
I have a podcast, and we are just coming up on 10 episodes this weekend. After a google search, and I don't know why I didn't think to do this before, we realized that there is another podcast by the same exact name as ours! In fact, there are two or three. I'm worried we could get... View More
I am not sure that you posited a question. I will try to answer what you might be asking and that is whether a hotel is liable to disclose or facilitate the return of property left at their hotel by tenants if the tenant reports that it was left there.
It is not clear what your question is (maybe you submitted the form before typing the full question?). The USPTO shows "Gary T. Jones" as the first named inventor on U.S. patent no. 6,093,224. The abstract for that patent does not include any names.
an almost identical brand logo with the same meaning, is there a way to co-exist? Can the 2nd company offer to pay an up front and/or annual trademark usage fee to the first company in order to selling similarly-branded products in the same category? If so, what is a customary fee to secure the... View More
Long answer: It depends on the willingness of the first company (who has the trademark registration) to either license its trademark rights, or otherwise work out a deal with the second company to allow a potentially confusingly similar mark to exist in the same market....View More
The answer to your question should be obtained in a confidential setting with a lawyer, not here on a public forum. You wouldn't want a "bad" answer to be public information and then used against you later. The short answer is maybe, and I recommend you consult an attorney if you are...View More
It is possible to sell an idea without a patent or at least a pending application but it is very difficult. Without patent protection, other people will be able to make the same product without paying you so the company that pays you is at a disadvantage unless there was some big advantage to...View More
Possibly. The respective goods or services need not be identical to one another, only sufficiently related such that consumers would be expected to encounter the respective goods or services under similar buying conditions.
There are lots of ways to go about it. Some people use watermarks, you can also write a disclosure of copyright infringement. The most important thing to do is to ensure that all the documents are dated to prove when they were created. Registering them would most likely be too expensive of an...View More
In order for the character or creature to be immediately recognizable I wouldn't want to stray too far from the original (probably trademarked) designs, but the art might be considered fan art, which I understand is in fuzzy copyright territory. Derivative works and fan art is regularly sold... View More
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