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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Patent stolen and manufactured in china.

In the current company(Los Angeles, CA) I work at, my manager is cheating the company by manufacturing in china.

We have built couple of products and got the patent for them. We built a prototype using the same technology but in different package. I was part of the design team for the... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 22, 2021

Many pieces of the puzzle are missing. Is the manager working with a different company? Who is selling it? Does your company know? There are many more facts needed to determine if something is wrong here. If you are serious about the inquiry it would probably be necessary to get a consultation from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Copying my products from Alibaba to Amazon

I am a seller on Alibaba and would like to copy my products to a new Amazon account. But I have read the below in Alibaba t&c's. Does this mean as the IP owner I cannot use my Alibaba content to copy and upload new products to my Amazon account?

3.2 You agree that (a) you will not... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Mar 19, 2021

Facts are needed for an answer. For example, what content was contributed by Alibaba? What content did you use before you were on Alibaba? Also, you appear to be ignoring Amazon T&Cs. The words of the T&Cs are not self explanatory and need to be interpreted. It looks like the choices are to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: Hello, would this name violate a word trademark if the products are very different?

Hi,

I thought this would be a quick and easy question for someone here who wanted to help. Unfortunately, I'm not really in a financial situation to hire an attorney/lawyer.

I'd like to publish a book with the title "___ for Potato Heads" similar to one of those... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Mar 9, 2021

No, sorry, you'll likely cannot use "____ for Potato Heads" as a series title.

Why don't you do what the Beatles did when they wanted to record "Dr. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band"? Just work rework it from "___ for Potato Heads" to "__ for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright, Identity Theft and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Can we make arguments for laws around transmission of signals being focus by trajectory on human

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If processing of signals constantly being held consistent of my attention and/or just comprehension of just auditory vibration of non audio frequency in turn creates a usable feature for in chip processing products and telecommunications. So communication by exchanging of similarities... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Feb 17, 2021

Exactly what are you trying to accomplish? Your question is not clear.

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: What sort of IP protection is the best for biologic based surgical devices?
Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Feb 8, 2021

There is no one-size-fits-all answer unless you do not care about maximizing your chances for success in establishing a market position or in making a profit. It helps to know what the product is and what the market looks like. Patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets each provide different... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: My boyfriend mom has removed sold his belongings from his room and she took his dad name off deed to house without him a
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Feb 6, 2021

Not your problem. Let them go to a real estate or Personal injury attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Hello, since when are "security agents" danish welfare recipients in Mexico. Those people are stalkers and thiefs.

*Since when are they danish welfare recipients?

There has been defamation surrounding my nationality status. It appears to be that what I did under a danish nationality has been transferred to other people due to claims of it being false, which is a lie, as I even hold father's... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 26, 2021

more info needed.

i don't understand what you are asking and suspect my brethren won't either.

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: Can I find out which attorney did this patent?
Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Dec 8, 2020

Your question doesn't mention a patent number, but U.S. patents typically show "Attorney, Agent, or Firm" on the front page of each patent. Depending on how the attorney or firm fills out the issue fee paperwork, a U.S. patent might list only the firm name, or only the attorney, or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Copyright question: Someone is using my sample artwork of a job he never paid me to finish for an album cover.

I'm a visual artist and someone had asked me to recreate one of my images with them photoshopped into it. It was for an album cover and I was happy to help another artist out- I told him I would do it for $25, to which he agreed and asked if I could do it that day. I started working right... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 3, 2020

Send a letter. You could sue in small claims for the payment.

Anything bigger than that would be more expensive than the benefit.

Best luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Can I patent and idea or concept of a device me and my team created?
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron answered on Nov 17, 2020

While ideas are not patentable per se, a device may be patentable if it is fully described in the patent application, it has utility, and it is new and non- obvious over similar devices that exist in the prior art.

Please give me a call if you wish to discuss.

Liliana Di...
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Q: Hello, Can you patent a phrases imprinted on a sandal if the phrases came from a historical book
Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Nov 6, 2020

It sounds like you want to protect the design of a sandal. Phrases don't get patented. The question is not clear, but an attorney can help you reach your objective if s/he knows what you want to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: If I have a product that I would like to register under a CC license, do I need a trademark for the logo and brand name?

Its music that I wish to allow the public to distribute while retaining commercial rights by licensing my work as CC BY NC 4.0. However, I would like to use a band name and a logo to promote this music while also selling physical media and merch.

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Oct 22, 2020

Registering your name as a trademark is not required to accomplish this goal, but it is definitely advisable! A registered TM gets you lots of additional federal protections (nationwide rights, presumptive priority, ability to sue for attorney's fees, etc). Please consult an IP attorney to see... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: a German attorney is threating to take us to court unless we sign Declaration of Cease and Desist

He sent an email threating to take us to court under the German Law if we didn't sign this by

9/30/2020- The person named below as respondent

1Zumba address (respondent) hereby undertakes in respect of

Anthony Ayiomamitis, Oropos (www.perseus.gr) (complainant)... Read more »

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Oct 6, 2020

He would have to demonstrate that he could get jurisdiction over you in a German or EU court. I have no idea what actions he is accusing from this above description, but it seems unlikely he would be able to accomplish this feat. You should consult with a copyright lawyer with DMCA experience as to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: If I used the "LA' from the LA Dodgers & printed on a hat to sell, is that trademark infringement? Upside down as well?

For example I use the iconic "LA" logo on a hat to sell for my business, would that be trademark infringement. Let's say I change the font size, or flip the letter upside down, or add coloring, does it make a difference? Does this apply for the "SF' in SF Giants as well?

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Sep 27, 2020

If a mark being used is confusingly similar to another trademark and/or causes confusion as to the source of the goods or services (ie. where consumers may believe the other company to be the source of the goods), the use may be deemed trademark infringement.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: _A German attorney claimed that his client's moon photo was published by our site and that we need to pay him for

the photo was originally published publicly by Facebook & Google two years ago and it was never brought to our attention that it was owned by his client.

The site is made for students @ Berkeley non profit is called 1Zumba.com

Under the Fair Use of the American Law, can we ask... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 25, 2020

He would have to obtain jurisdiction over you to sue you in a German or Greek court. If he comes here, you are probably protected by the public domain doctrine and the fair use doctrine.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Does an addendum to a talent release for services override the original release? Or is it in addition to?

Signed talent release for my services as an actor(music video) and photographer(still film self-portraits). Part of the release grants license for prod. co. to use photos I took on set but explicitly states I get to keep copyright/ownership of my photos (which I made sure they added in). Long after... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 6, 2020

You took the trouble to outline your matter in considerable detail and you await a response for five weeks. It could be difficult for the copyright, entertainment, and intellectual property attorneys here to answer your question. Any attorney is going to need to see the contract, and the format of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: I would like to trademark the name ab roller for example. Would I registered it as "the ab roller" or "ab roller"?

Furthermore, if I only register the trademark under the name " The Ab roller" can someone later on come and a file trademark under "Ab roller" for the same line of business being conducted?

Greatly appreciated your help~

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Sep 2, 2020

Trademarks are registered in the exact way that they are used in commerce. If someone attempts to register a confusingly similar name for the same class/category of goods or services, where there is a likelihood of confusion, their application for trademark registration will very likely be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: I have an abandoned trademark I started through LegalZoom is there a way to pickup where things left off?

I started the process through LegalZoom and wasn’t familiar with corresponding and had a few quick address changes so things were lost in the mail. Is there a quick way to respond to something like that or does the process need to being again

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Sep 2, 2020

If it's a federal trademark, then there are several ways to handle it but it's going to depend on when and why it was abandoned. Your best bet is to consult with a trademark attorney to discuss the details and decide on the best course of action for your specific situation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: I signed a non-compete with a toddler/ infant lifestyle company. Would a job at a children’s food company violate it?

I’m a freelance illustrator and am in a contract with no termination date with a toddler lifestyle company. There a potential job I’m interested in illustrating children’s books for an upstart children’s superfood and edutainment brand. Would this be a violation of my non compete even if... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Aug 31, 2020

The generality is that non-compete agreements are not enforceable in California. That is only a generality. Situations exist where a service provider must not compete whether or not there is a non-compete agreement. Your question does not include facts that would be necessary to make a... Read more »

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