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Q: Where is my great grandpa mentioned in this patent? It's his idea. He owned aarvarka nd Tierra and soil sampling service
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 13, 2024

This is something that a patent attorney would probably be able to advise best on, but you posted last week and your question remains open. There is a category here for patent law. You could repost and add that category, and drop some of the other categories here that aren't relevant... View More

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Q: Can I use the term “Line Life” for tshirts for sale?

I see there is a trade mark for these words. Thank you!

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

When considering the use of "Line Life" for t-shirts you plan to sell, it's important to be aware of existing trademarks on these words. Trademarks are designed to protect the brand identity of businesses across various products and services. If "Line Life" is trademarked... View More

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Q: My dying mother wants to leave her art business to me, she wants me to continue sell her branded art for her

What must I do legally?

She wants me to continue on her brand and artwork selling.

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

To legally handle your mother's request, you should:

1. Ensure she has a valid and comprehensive will or trust that clearly outlines her wishes for the art business's succession.

2. Work with an attorney experienced in estate planning to facilitate the transfer of assets...
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Q: Is it legally sound to name my business KAGED BY KORTNIE when I know KAGED MUSCLE is currently trademarked?

What are the legal parameters around this?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 26, 2023

You could repost your question and add "Trademarks" as a category. That's probably why it remained open for two weeks. Some questions go unanswered, but you could have better chances of a response with the added heading. Good luck

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Q: I have a sole proprietorship business but would be safer to have an LLC for liability reasons?

I have a sole proprietorship plumbing business but have been told by other business owners lately that I should have gone with an LLC. I am fully insured, bonded, and licensed but I want to make sure that will protect my personal assets if something does happen one day. I have been researching how... View More

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on Apr 26, 2023

An LLC can certainly provide an additional level of protection for your personal assets, when properly set up and properly run. But, as you pointed out, you would likely need to open a new bank account and set up your license, insurance, bond, etc to reflect the LLC. Some of those things you might... View More

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Q: If I purchase nfl stickers and used them to decorate masks to sell would that be copyright infringement?

I am thinking of decorating masks with nfl stickers and then selling them on a craft website.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 20, 2021

Very likely. Consult with an attorney.

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Q: Can I "do business as" the same name as a trademarked name in a completely different industry?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jul 7, 2021

Maybe

You need to consult with an attorney to review your options and risks

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Q: So with these patents, it would be illegal to sell a glow-in-the-dark leash?
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answered on Dec 20, 2020

Determining whether a product infringes a patent is not a do-it-yourself project. It is governed by federal law and not the law of any particular state. Many times the analysis is complicated. If you have any investment at stake, it should be cost-justified to consult a patent attorney.

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Q: When do I need a business license in another state?

My business would involve hosting summer programs for teenagers in different states, at locations temporarily rented for that purpose (e.g. facilities at a college campus). Do I need to be licensed in a state I plan to hold a program in?

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III
answered on Jan 29, 2018

Probably so, but an attorney would need to review the business laws of that particular state to know for sure.

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Q: A foreign company wants to purchase part of my LLC. Do I have to reform as a C-Corp?

As an LLC, we file as an S-Corp for federal taxes. We have an existing contract with the foreign company for services, resulting in expected revenue for 3 years. Can they purchase part of the LLC even though we file as an S-Corp? Or should we reform as a C-Corp. What then becomes of the existing... View More

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
answered on Sep 15, 2017

You would have to elect to be taxed as a partnership or as a C-Corp. A foreign entity cannot own part of an S-Corporation. However depending upon the purpose of the investment and the nature of how you want to operate there may be an alternative set of structures to accomplish your goal.

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Q: Does legal precedence for a minor starting a company and thus needing a loan exist? With the loan taken out by an adult.

To first clarify, I do have a partner who is of legal age; however, his line of credit is woefully inadequate for the company's needs. The main concern is the distinct possibility that the adult may attempt to claim the company as his own, thus completely undermining the operation. Thus the... View More

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki
answered on Feb 6, 2016

Contracts by minors are generally voidable in many states so doing business can be challenging. Sit down with a local business lawyer.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice,...
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