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Q: How to prove someone stole your invention idea ?

I can up with the idea of a tooth brush filled with tooth paste and refillable back in 1989, i sent information to a invention idea company and now I see it's on market

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

To prove that someone stole your invention idea, documentation is key. You should gather all evidence of your original creation, including the date you conceived the idea, any sketches, notes, or emails, especially those related to the submission to the invention idea company back in 1989.... View More

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Q: Is it permissible under copyright law to screenshot Google Street View imagery of a house I grew up in for memories?

What about if the images contain someone's car or any trademarks? Does this action infringe on any IP, such as design patents, patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc.?

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

Under copyright law, using a screenshot of Google Street View imagery for personal, non-commercial purposes, like reminiscing about a house you grew up in, generally falls under fair use. However, it's important to be mindful of how you use these images, especially if you decide to share them... View More

Q: As a developer, does my employer own rights to my side projects that I work on in my own time and on my own hardware?

In my employer’s employment agreement:

“As between Company and myself, I agree that all right, title, and interest in and to any and all copyrightable material, notes, records, drawings, designs, inventions, improvements, developments, discoveries and trade secrets conceived,... View More

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Jul 1, 2019

That is what they are asking for. You would need to consult with an employment attorney in your state to see if this would be enforceable under local law.

This is an overreach by the company. Normally, they limit this sort of agreement to inventions or software related to their line of...
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Q: Is the material known as Zorb patented or copywrited?

It is a material made up of several different materials.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Sep 14, 2017

This material is very likely trademarked. It is likely not copyrighted.

As far as patents go, it may very well be patented. Take a look at the material or the packaging that it comes in, and there should be some sort of a patent marking, such as “pat.” or “patent” with one or more...
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