my company opened and is registered as Zen Press LLC in 2021 September in the state of VA. We have a storefront, website and instagram using that name as well. this new business is selling similar products under the name ZenPressed in Maryland which is in the DMV area October this year and also... View More
In Virginia, even without a registered trademark, you may have common law rights to the business name "Zen Press LLC" based on your use of the name in commerce since 2021. These rights are typically limited to the geographical area where you operate and are known. The situation with the...View More
I'm a resident in Virginia considering an embedded software engineer offer letter within the same state with a proprietary info and inventions agreement. There is ambiguity in these terms and I want to know what protections are already in place for my inventions outside of work time that... View More
In Virginia, like many states, employment agreements often include clauses related to proprietary information and inventions. Typically, inventions or creations made during employment or using employer resources belong to the employer. However, if you invent something on your own time, without...View More
I want to apply for a design patent for a spoon, a fork, and a knife. In my understanding, one patent application is for a single item. However, my design is the same for all 3 utensils. In this case, should I apply for the design of a handle instead? Can I say, "ornamental design of the... View More
You should discuss with an IP attorney that has experience with design applications. That said, with proper usage of solid and dashed lines, it sounds like a single embodiment can cover all three designs, since ornamental feature is directed towards the handle. I'd recommend a different title,...View More
I understand that descriptive words are not allowed, like “bicycles” for bicycles. But if it’s a combination, such as Spoon la la - is that allowed? The brand would be selling utensils, napkins, plates, etc, and spoons is one of the items.
When descriptive words cannot be claimed exclusively, the addition of unrelated whimsical text (such as "la la") does serve to make a mark sufficiently distinctive that it may function as a source identifier. The mark could be made even more distinctive by using a unique font and/or graphic element.
IC 029 states "prepared meals consisting primarily of meat substitutes".. my product is plant-based snack consist of plant-based deli, cheese, and crackers (AKA Vegan Lunchables). So should I file a TEAS Plus with class 029 or TEAS Standard?
When deciding between TEAS Plus or Standard, it's important to consider the specificity of the description of goods and services in the application. If your product falls within the broader description of Class IC029, then you may be able to file for TEAS Plus. However, if your product does...View More
To find out whether a trademark is registered for federal protection, you can search the US Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") database. However, keep in mind that, just because something isn't registered doesn't mean that it's available to be used. The US recognizes...View More
Using the word "Snoopy" in a business name could potentially infringe on the trademark rights of the Peanuts brand and its owner, which could result in legal action. While there may not be any direct reference to the character in the rest of your business, the use of a well-known...View More
It is true that the photo/video content on the platform is the subject of copyright, and that the creators and the platform can assert their exclusive right to distribute the content. If one were to print the content and sell or redistribute it commercially, that would be an actionable...View More
Trademark Infringement is a highly fact-intensive inquiry based on a number of factors including: (1) strength of the marks, (2) relatedness of the goods, (3) similarity of the marks, (4) evidence of actual confusion, (5) marketing channels, (6) degree of consumer care, (7) defendant's intent...View More
As the owner of record as shown by the Deed issued by the Executor of the Estate and recorded in the land records of the city/county where the property is located, you have a right to terminate a month-to-month tenancy by giving a 30 day written notice to the tenant and occupants. In the event...View More
Out of my garage, I created a device for elderly and vision-impaired assistance, out of commercially available components and open source code that enhances a particular medical companies system... Is it patentable? And after it is patented, I would like to approach the medical company with the... View More
While trademarks and copyrights are my specialties, I work with several excellent patent attorneys/agents, so feel free to call or email, and I'll set up an introduction...unless a patent attorney responds directly to your request on Justia, of course!
I'm making a photo-sharing app where users can add music to photos (if they're members of Apple Music or Spotify) and share these photos that have songs on them to other apps, would that be illegal? Since Apple Music/Spotify both own licenses to songs and users are paying for these services.
The answer depends on who the "we" is that broke up. If the intended groom terminated the engagement, the intended bride keeps the gift. If it was the intended bride terminated the engagement, or the engagement was terminated by mutual decision, the gift should be returned to the groom.
I have a application on file and willing to name a co inventor for help with this huge law suit. Has to be a nice person and a patent litigation attorney. I'm truly the real inventor I proved that december 3rd 2019 my name begins with a c. This can be not only a big opportunity for me but a co... View More
"conceives, creates, invents, designs, develops, contributes to or improves any works of authorship, inventions, materials, documents or other work product or other intellectual property, either alone or in conjunction with third parties, at any time during... View More
This question comes up all the time. You will need to take the contract and employee manuals that deal with the duty to assign inventions to an attorney in the state where you work. There are some states that have limits on the scope of this mandatory assignment clause for employees.
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