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Q: Survivorship and patients? Royalties?

Interested in legal status of grandfathers inventions!

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

The word you are looking for is "patents" not patients. If you want to find out about your grandfather's patents you will have to hire a patent lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Civil Litigation for Illinois on

Q: Do I have any right to photos taken for free?

My sister took my wedding photos for free as a “gift”, but since then has decided she’s not going to give them to me. She won’t talk to anyone or listen to anyone who asks her for the photos. Many family members have offered to pay to see the photos but she refuses. We were married in a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Unfortunately, no. The law does not provide for any way to enforce unkept promises unless there was an agreement and unless both sides received consideration. I suggest you try to compromise and at least pay the photographer something--because the photos are hers.

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Q: hey! i have a phrase that i think will go well on baby shirt, can i trademark it? and if yes, what is the process?

i m not american citizen, but i would like to sell on us market such as amazon ebay ect...

Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Jun 17, 2019

No. Trademarks are not for designs. They are indicias of the source. You'd find the trademark for a t-shirt on the inside of a collar or the end of a sleeve on a polo type shirt.

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Q: Hi if a search returns no matching records even though it may contain some same words can I register that name?

For instance, Trademarked already is Easy Find Directory.

I am wanting to operate under Easy Find Business Directory, Tucson

Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Jun 14, 2019

No. Trademark availability is not associated with trademark registration. You should have a trademark attorney conduct a proper trademark search.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on

Q: Can we file a patent for some antisocial inventions?

Does the law permits us to file patent on some innovations that can create chaos in the society or can endanger the existence of humanity?

Such as patenting a technology which can threaten the life of a large number of mass requiring some gross implementation and least investment.

Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jun 14, 2019

I am not in favor of creating chaos in the society or endangering the existence of humanity. I hope that your description is hyperbole.

I am not clear why you would want to patent a method to create chaos or endanger the existence of humanity. Patents are used to limit use of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on

Q: How do I go about owning the trademark for "Girl Gang"? It seems to stand as abandoned. Thank you.

I want to trademark "Girl Gang" for a women's sports apparel company, I'm looking to start. It seems to stand as abandoned. What does that mean? Thank you.

Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Jun 10, 2019

You should apply for a trademark application.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Copyright and Estate Planning for Tennessee on

Q: Will Tennessee come get me in Dayton beach Florida if I have a warrant for probation violation

Timothy Denison answered on Jun 9, 2019

If they find out where you are, most likely they will, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Copyright and Trademark on

Q: Is DRIVERS2U a registered trademark as DRIVERS2U is the name of my UK registered company

Edward X. Clinton, Jr answered on Jun 7, 2019

You need to hire a lawyer to do a trademark search. Just because its the name of a company does not give it any trademark protection in the United States. Having the name may give you the right to use the name, but you need to do a trademark search first. Hire an experienced intellectual property... Read more »

Q: I would like to trade a phrase I guess it would be called

The phrase is ( The G.O.A.T.)

Sean Erin Serraguard answered on Jun 7, 2019

Though trademarks will depend on how you use the word or phrase, the answer is very likely no. There are numerous live marks which primarily rely on "Goat" and "G.O.A.T.", including marks which list only those words or acronyms respectively. Without doing a full search, it would be hard to know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Indiana on

Q: Can I be fined for using unmarked copyrighted images on a website I designed?

Ive been contacted my a third party image rights company on behalf of a photographer for copyright infringement for a couple images used on a clients website. However, there was no indication these images were copyrighted. Is it legal to charge someone a fine without warning, If there was no... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Jun 6, 2019

A copyright is established the moment the content is created. In order to use someone else's photograph, you must obtain consent (i.e. a license) to do so. A copyrighted image (or any other copyrighted material) does not have to have any sort of markings or other indication of copyright; rather,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Copyright, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Collections for Tennessee on

Q: Attempt to be served after setting up payment arrangement with creditor’s lawyers.

I have had correspondence with lawfirm who agreed to payments on a debt. Today there was a card from a lady who tried to serve me for a lawsuit. I haven’t been able to find anything about the lawsuit yet and am unsure of how i would find this. Any advice? The payments have not defaulted.

Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jun 6, 2019

If a lawsuit has been filed, it is a public record at the courthouse. However, it will only be filed in one county ( not all of them) and many times, the plaintiff has a choice as to which county they may elect to file in. For example, if the debt is the result of an auto accident, the plaintiff... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Minnesota on

Q: If a cop gets info.from another person that I was driving my car home drunk from the bar,is it legal for the cop .

That mind you .didn't pull me over .or see me driving,to come to my house a half hour later and give me a DUI and tow my car right out of the driveway,no keys in vehical or on me ,also revockef my lisence for refusel,when he got my numbers reading were high but I still wasn't driving.

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 5, 2019

As I mentioned in my other answer to your similar question, that case would be weaker than the normal case where the police officer did observe driving, operating or control of a motor vehicle. In addition, it's common for people to drink at home, after driving. That is a defense to a DWI case.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for California on

Q: The website"Getty Images"are selling graphic photographs of my 6yo great-aunt's death from 1951.

Getty Images claims to just be the host(although they are the ones licensing and selling the images) :University of Southern California"image library is the contributor and supposed rights manager.i would be grateful for your help in removing these painful and traumatic images removed as soon as... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Jun 4, 2019

A good start would be having an attorney draft a simple but effective “cease and desist” letter, accompanied by a DMCA takedown notice to Getty Images. I would be happy to assist. Shoot me an email and we can discuss:

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on

Q: Can I register one patent in a non USA country and export or re-register the same patent in USA?

The patent was co-developed by a non-US person and a USA person. It was developed for a USA company but in a NON-US branch office.

Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 31, 2019

Yes. You can:

(a) file a patent application in the US, and then file a foreign application in the foreign country based on the US application; or

(b) file a patent application in the foreign country first, and then file a US patent application based on the foreign country...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Copyright for Oklahoma on

Q: They is a woman that is flirt with a married man that is my husband

Me and my husband have two kids and this woman that has been hitting on my husband she dose not care

Kyle Persaud answered on May 28, 2019

If all that this woman is doing is flirting with your husband, that's not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on

Q: Can I use the trademarkednwords ¨Think Different¨ for a non-commercial magazine?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on May 27, 2019

Basically no. You could get a license from them (IBM?), but that is about it.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on

Q: I have an idea of an event I want to be holding in a cause of promoting my cafe I feel is unique can I patent?

This event involves me using unconventional things and concept in my cafe business

Kevin E. Flynn answered on May 26, 2019

My guess is no. However, as I do not know the details and I hate to guess about something important, I suggest that you check for issued patents for something analogous. You may find useful tips in my slide set on patent searching that will help.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Florida on

Q: If a trademarked name has a "Status710 - Cancelled - Section 8", does this mean it could possibly be available?

Available as in able to be taken and used on my own product, especially on product in an entirely different field of use?

Evelyn Suero answered on May 24, 2019

A Section 8 Cancellation of a trademark registration occurs when a registrant fails to file a renewal of their trademark registration. However, whether a mark is available for use depends on many factors including whether the mark is currently being used. Cancellation of a trademark registration... Read more »

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Q: i have movies that were downloaded outside the USA and have brought them to the USA to watch on vacation is that illegal

i am not selling them or charging to watch them they are fro personal use and for friends and family to watch

Jason Brooks answered on May 22, 2019

If you downloaded content illegally (i.e. you did not pay for content that should have been paid for), then it is not legal for any use whatsoever. By Law you are supposed to delete the file and any copies you may have made immediately.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on

Q: Could anybody help me to verify that when this patent US 6,241,739 B1 will expire or is this already expired..??

Kevin E. Flynn answered on May 18, 2019

WIth respect to expiration dates for patents...


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...
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