Answered on Feb 14, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer If your written agreement with the designer did not also assign the copyright to you, then the designer still own the copyright in the map design, even though you paid the designer for it. An assignment of copyright must be in writing, otherwise, the designer retains it. If the designer still owns the copyright in the map design, then the designer can sell and use the map with others. Same as a wedding photographer. The photographer typically retains the copyright in the photos, and only...
Griffin Klema's answer That's a complex situation. Without any formal company, you may both be operating under what is called a general partnership (but this should be addressed more conclusively by a Georgia lawyer). Even aside from the trade secret contract, to avoid incurring liability by your partner, I strongly recommend clarifying the relationship between you through some formal written instrument. As far as being "forced" to sign a document, generally no, you never have to sign anything, but you may have some...
Jason Brooks' answer Sounds like you've got a collections matter on your hands, with claims for breach of contract, and also copyright infringement. In most cases, a legal demand letter does the trick. If it doesn't you either have to let it go, or file a lawsuit (either in small claims or civil court). I handle these types of matters regularly. Shoot me an email if you'd like assistance: Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Kevin E. Flynn's answer The patent history would be available from USPTO Public PAIR. This would be the activity during the application for the patent and any responses from the patent examiner for this design patent application.
If all you want is the recorded assignment history, you can go to a separate database maintained by the USPTO
How much will it cost you to get patent protection for an anti-cancer drug is a totally different question. As you know, cancer is the number 2 killer of people in most of the world, and will be #1 within a few years as we successfully battle heart disease. Cancer costs the society about $80 B / year in the US alone. Given that an anti-cancer drug may make you $10K to $100K per year per patient...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer If your drawing is a near or exact copy of another's art work, that sounds like copyright infringement. There are a few defenses: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/uco/CopyrightBasics/exceptions.html
More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website,...
Jason Brooks' answer I would start with HBO's licensing & retail department. A Google search should point you in the right direction. My firm handles these kinds of deals regularly - if you would like assistance, feel free to email me at: Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Jason Brooks' answer A copyright is established the moment the work is produced in a tangible form (i.e. once the photo is created). So if you have exploited someone else's picture without authorization, you have committed copyright infringement. By registering a work for copyright with the US Copyright Office, an owner is not required to prove "actual damages" suffered by the infringement, which must be proven in court and can be very difficult to establish. Instead, by registering for Copyright, an owner has a...
John Martin Hilla's answer You should discuss with a trademark attorney. A trademark attorney will, as the first step of the service provided, conduct a thorough search of the Federal trademark register, state registers, domain names in use, and other common law usages of the term to find out if anyone is already using that term in commerce. The attorney will then inform you of the risk (or lack thereof, if you're lucky) involved in filing a trademark application for that term and discuss with you the optimal timing of...
Jason Brooks' answer You may still be able to register the trademark for use In Class 41 (Entertainment Services) with your scope of services limited to something like music production/distribution; but it really depends on the Summer Camps's mark - i..e how are they using it? What class are they registered in? etc.
If you want to email me, I'd be happy to review and discuss your options - Jason@altviewlawgroup.com
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer Local law libraries provide ample self-help resources re: Intellectual Property and Business law. Typically a Non Disclosure Agreement is a great tool to help prevent disclosure of confidential information re: your ideas. You might need to ultimately file for a copyright, trademark, and/or patent, depending on the parameters of your idea. A clearly defined and written business plan is also a good starting tool. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The...
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