Kevin Flynn's answer It would be highly unusual for something that came out in 1961 to still have a patent as patent term back then was 17 years from issue. However, if for some reason they battled for decades to get a patent out, then a patent application filed back then could come out tomorrow and have a term of 17 years. These are known as submarine patents as they stay submerged in the patent office for many years.
I would bet this is not the case. But to check -- you can do two things. One is to...
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer You might also consider approaching beverage manufacturers, although I would be cautious about that and obtain the advice and assistance of an intellectual property attorney before doing so.
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer Go onto the U.S. Trademark Office website and access the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). Enter the search term "HARRY POTTER" in the basic word search option. This search will yield 52 live "Harry Potter" trademark registrations and three pending "Harry Potter" trademark applications to register these marks. I am quite certain that the HARRY POTTER marks would be considered famous and given a very wide swath of protection against unauthorized uses. Moreover, Warner Brothers has...
Kevin Flynn's answer Your question is a patent question not a copyright question. What you are asking is whether there is any patent where you plan to operate that would cover left and right swipe. This is known as a freedom-to-operate question. In other words do you have freedom to operate as you plan or is there someone with patent rights that could sue you if you acted in this way. See https://www.flynniplaw.com/services/legal-services/freedom-to-operate/opinions
Jason Brooks' answer It depends on the use -- if you're just posting an image on your general timeline for fun, then you shouldn't have any issue. BUT, if you have are using the image for commercial purposes, for example, on a business Page, or in connection with some kind of branded advertisement or other use in which you are making ultimately deriving money or another benefit, then yes the copyright owner will have a legitimate legal claim against you.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer You are in luck. The patent application to Hair Ties has been abandoned over 3 years ago. You should be able to copy anything in that publication (provided that there are no other patents by other people).
Will Blackton's answer You need to speak with an attorney licensed in your state who deals with intellectual property issues for more insight into your specific situation, but I can describe the legal principles in play here generally:
Absent a written agreement addressing work for hire, you cannot stop your employer from using work produced within the scope of your employment, nor are you entitled to any additional payment.
Many employees write blog posts, take pictures, write instructions or...
Will the North Carolina Secretary of State accept your LLC's articles of organization if the name differs by only one letter from another entity also registered in North Carolina? Yes, the NC Secretary of State will permit registration so long as the /exact/ legal name is not already taken by another entity registered to do business in NC, which includes consideration of capitalization, spacing, and punctuation.
You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first bottle, or you can do it after you've been in business for years, or anywhere between there. There are, of course, business reasons why you'd want to do it earlier or later.
Jason Brooks' answer By law, not really, unless you’re using a service -- like Amazon’s share for Kindle books --which allows you to share ebooks you buy once.
eBooks are licensed, not sold, which means that ebook stores get to control what rights you have with the books. Even if the books are DRM-free, “lending” them to someone necessarily involves making a copy of the ebook—a violation of copyright law. Accordingly, the only way to legally share an ebook with another person would be to...
T. J. Jesky's answer Copyright protects original works of authorship, whereas a trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
If you haven't done so, you should register your copyright with the federal copyright office. However, in your case, it sounds that since your plan to commercialize these products (design), you should register the t-shirts as a trademark. You can do so by following...
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