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 »
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 »
Generally speaking, if no international application was filed based on the U.S. application before it issued as a patent, it's too late to file in other countries. In that scenario, the U.S patent would be considered "prior art" to the later filed international applications on the...Read more »
I have a technology for which the patent is expired. A later patent filed by another group used added something new to the old technology. Is the technology covered in the old patent (without the additional changes) is still public domain? E.g. I patent chair. The patent on the chair expires.... Read more »
Generally, for infringement to occur the product being analyzed will infringe a patent if the product being analyzed contains all the features defined in a claim of an active patent. This is called literal infringement. (Example: if the analyzed product has features A, B, and C (with or without...Read more »
Im seeking assistance with the review of some trademark applications I have completed and I'd like to review for accuracy before I submit. I also have a few questions about technology IP; specifically with the use of some thermal imaging products and supporting software... Read more »
Hi, I am a design engineer and 30% shareholder of a medical corporation and manufacturing engineer and 100% owner of a second corporation exclusively working for the first one. The two company are working under the same roof last 20 years. I would like... Read more »
The first thing to figure out is whether you have ever signed an invention assignment or other written agreement to assign your intellectual property rights to one of these companies. If so, those documents would give you the answer.
If not, California state law will govern, and it may...Read more »
Google Patents notes that your patent expired in 2006 for failure to pay a maintenance fee. You may want to discuss this with your patent attorney. There are ways to pay for an unintentional failure to pay a maintenance fee to revive a patent that lapsed for failure to pay the...Read more »
I have used icognito mode to enter private details for banking , telephone data , sensitive searches and believe that my trust was misplaced by using incognito mode and my data was therefore compromised.
While family was occupied with final arrangements/grieving, a third party filed for licensing to the name and image my relative went to extreme lengths to protect in life. So now essentially this person owns my relative. The family does not have the financial resources for a court battle. We simply... Read more »
My understanding is that California has strong laws that protect the Right of Publicity (right to exploit one's fame for famous people) and Right to Privacy. It would be good to get advise from a California attorney familiar with these 2 torts. The laws may allow you to collect...Read more »
It sounds like a question of whether the organization is violating your right of privacy. Check to see whether you were given notice of their intention before you attended the event so that it could be said you consented to their use by participating in the event. Look closely at the invitation...Read more »
I'm looking to trademark a business name (call it "FishExample"). FishExample is currently trademarked for "furniture to store fishing supplies and goods". My FishExample business will be an online community/resource for fishermen (unrelated to furniture, but tied into... Read more »
As usual with so much in the law, the answer is, "It depends." A trademark owner acquires rights in their mark, whether for goods or service, by using it in ways that convey to consumers that there is a particular source offering the goods/services. From what you write, it is not clear...Read more »
You should register your trademark when you begin using the trademark. A foreign domiciled applicant may file for trademark registration but he/she must be represented by a US-licensed trademark attorney. You will need to hire a US trademark attorney to proceed.
While watching a popular late night show, they featured a sketch of an infomercial for a fake product which does not appear to be in production, on sale anywhere and does not show up in a Copyright search, Trademark Search or Patent Search. Prior to obtaining formal legal counsel I would like to... Read more »
From what you write, unless you have some written agreement, it does not appear that you have any claim. If the airline adopted a mark and uses it as a mark, then that is what it is, their mark. Any idea you might have had about the way to use the word, is just that, an idea.
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