Let me give you the rules for patent term so you can answer the question yourself.
Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten the term) It is the...
Nyasha A. West's answer Because your use of 123bc pre-dates any future trademark filings of the same name, the individual or company attempting to register the mark would not be able to sue you for infringement.
Further, the filing of a trademark application requires evidence of the mark’s use in commerce. Absent such proof, unless the individual or company attempting to register the mark is using “intent to use” as a basis, the application is not likely to be approved.
Bryan Thomas Kroes' answer A full answer to your question will require a more fact-intensive analysis. Generally, copyright law will afford protection of the fictional character itself when it has appeared in a copyrightable work and has a life of its own within that work, however, achieving a level of distinctiveness such that the character can be copyrighted can be tricky. Depending on distinctiveness, you could also explore trademark of the name. You may want to consider contacting an experienced attorney to explore...
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The COST of getting a single US patent is several tens of thousands of US dollars. It could be as little as $10K, or as much as $50K+. It depends on many factors.
Now, the VALUE of a patent, once the US Patent Office grants it, is determined the same as the value of anything else. The value of a patent depends on the market; the value of a patent is somewhere between whatever the owner of the patent is willing to sell it for and whatever the purchaser is willing to buy it for. It...
Camille Brooks Ibrahim's answer It depends! The first line of business is to find out if the toy is patented. If it is then no you will be able to market this toy without consenting with the manufacturer. If it is not patent, then just to be on the safe side you might want to speak to an IP attorney, such as my office, or someone near yourself and request further options.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer What is patented is defined by the claims. A patent may disclose lots of information, many neat concepts and ideas, and many theories, but in the end, only the invention as defined by the claims is what the patent covers.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer You can be sure that any global firearms manufacturer such as Sig Sauer will have IP protection on their products and significant portions thereof. Sig Sauer has utility patents, design patents, trademarks, and other forms of IP protection. While it is likely that Sig Sauer was not able to get protection on the grip, or a sear pin, or a firing pin block spring, or other simple parts that are common to many semiautos, it is likely that major parts such the receiver or the slide (displaying...
Jason Brooks' answer You can file a DMCA take-down notice with the registrar demanding that they immediately shut down the infringing website. You'll need a screenshot or other accurate description of the content being used. If you need legal assistance feel free to email me at: email@example.com to discus further.
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