Before you do that I suggest you contact the Disney company and get their approval before you start using images or characters based on Star Wars as the theme of your new business. You may run afoul of their copyrights or trademarks if you use direct copies of their Star Wars themes or characters....Read more »
If you are taking about income taxes, the answer will depend on whether you have any income. However, you must remember that there are MANY kinds of taxes. If your business is incorporated or a limited liability company, you must pay the minimum of $800 per year franchise tax. I assume you have a...Read more »
A good guideline would be: if you think it is false advertising, it probably is not a good idea. It would be false advertising to say you were in business for 21 years if you were not. Probably not a big deal if you were in business for 19 years, but if it was only 2, it could become an issue....Read more »
Don't guess how protective Disney will be about any of its copyrighted materials once you start doing a website using or referring to them. I would even search "Jedi" to see if it is copyrighted. You should have a consultation with an intellectual property attorney who can guide...Read more »
The question raises copyright and trademark questions. In all likelihood Disney would not care if you supported the franchise. The facts do not indicate how you would make references to Disney properties or possibly use them. There may be ways to do it right. There are very many ways to do it...Read more »
Since this is an era of effective businesses though the ecommerce channels and Trademark Terminal is providing the elevation in the quality to do the same. Almost all of the customers and clients are using the medium of internet as their basis communication and collaboration route. Trademark... Read more »
Website rankings and trademarks are different things. It might be a good idea to read the Trademark Terminal website and see if they actually say that they make your brand more appealing. They might not. You might want to call an intellectual property attorney. Many give free initial consultations.
Example- If someone was a Trademark with the name "GLO" for a fitness website. And their goods and services solely cover the creation of any fitness sites or blogs that provide non-downloadable articles for advice on fitness, Could I trade mark the name "GLO" for a fitness clothing brand?
Knowing I was in the process of applying for a Federal trademark, they one upped me and claimed my product as their own and began dealing with my production companies. Would the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051 et. seq. be of any use to me years after the fact?
A trademark application may have a status of abandoned for failure to timely respond to an office action or some other required filing. This does not mean the mark is not in use. Using an identical or similar trademark in the same/related class/category as a trademark in use may give rise to a...Read more »
Is "feasty" a made up word? Your use in commerce to identify the source of goods or services is use as a trademark. If you want nation wide protection then contact an attorney with Trademark experience who can file an application. Cost including the Federal Trademark Office filing fee...Read more »
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.
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 »
A trademark application with a status of abandoned may still be in use by the owner or some other user. Before using or registering any trademark, it is important to work with a trademark attorney to guide you through the process. Using a trademark that is in use by another business in the same or...Read more »
I need more information before I can answer this question. Reviving an expired (abandoned) trademark can be done fairly simply with a petition if it is done within 6 months from the date of the abandonment.
Your first step should be to have a trademark attorney assess why it was abandoned. For example, it might be that the Examining Attorney for the USPTO issued an Office Action that the applicant did not think he or she could overcome. If that is the case, you may not be able to get the trademark...Read more »
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?
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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