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Q: Is the Audubon Bird images in public domain?
Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Aug 31, 2020

The original paintings by John James Audubon are old enough that they are in the public domain. Any other photos or paintings or drawings, however, which may be available through the Audubon Society, may not be in the public domain.

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Q: I cant tell if someone has a shape trademarked or not

Im wanting to use a skyline view but the view i want to use has the Miller sign in it. I looked and they have a design trademarked but not the sign or skyline. The trademark says that it contains specific words, i think since we are just using the outline with no words we should be ok?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Mar 18, 2020

Hard to understand what you are trying to accomplish.

If you make a design of a skyline, you could file for trademark protection, if it meets all the requirements.

Consult with an attorney so we can provide better guidance.

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Q: If I were to use the words snoop dogg on a tshirt in reference to a plain dog theme, is that a violation of a IP?

can i send the example of the t shirt for reference? dog theme is purely general, no negative/positive undertones,

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Mar 23, 2020

The issue here may not be one of trademark but rather the right of publicity. Snoop is a celebrity whose name, image and likeness have monetary value. If someone else uses that for monetary gain they could be liable. Feel free to email me at for a consult so... Read more »

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Q: How would I go about trade marking Build A Blunt?
Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Jul 20, 2018

You should speak with a trademark attorney in a confidential conversation. It may be possible. An attorney would need to know more about your business.

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Q: I've since found out my audio group's online name is trademarked by a theatre company in the UK. I'm in the US (WI).

They call themselves "Foolsgold Theatre Company" and are (from what I understand) a stage theatre brand, while we call ourselves "Fools Gold Theatre Productions" and are strictly online creating audio. They've contacted me asking me to stop using it because they've... Read more »

Michael Gerity
Michael Gerity answered on Aug 9, 2017

It would appear that the threshold issue here is whether or not they do business under that name in the United States (or whether you do business with yours in the UK). Trademark rights are geographical in nature. While the geographical nature has eroded somewhat due to the international nature... Read more »

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Q: The phrase "drinking for three" is trademarked. Can I use "Drinking for 3" in its place?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 25, 2015

More information is needed to answer. This type of question has to be answered based on the specific facts involved (product, geography, usage by others, etc.). Generally speaking, if it's for the same type of product/service, then it could be problematic. Talk to a local trademark lawyer, who... Read more »

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Q: So is it legal to make a sign that says DRINK WISCONSIN SENSIBLY or is it trademarked
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 25, 2015

Talk to a local trademark lawyer, who can investigate and advise.

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