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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Estate Planning and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My family is pressuring me to do a last will, so that if parents die and I do too, no probate. I have Intellectual Prop.

2 elderly parents, 3 siblings in all. GA. Parents are leaving real estate, investment holdings into 3 trusts for each kid. Eldest sibling is executor. Problematic relationship with the family. I have some debt, but also quarterly income from film and TV music I've written/produced for the past... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 17, 2020

You would need to contact an attorney who specializes in probate matters, to include wills and trusts.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: I found a sticker for sale online. Is it against copyright laws to use the design on my own product that I'll sell?

The seller sells a bunch of stickers online. There is one particular sticker design I love that I want to print on a face mask with my own quote along with it. The sticker doesn't have the (C) on it and her website doesn't have any info about copyrights or trademark. Will I get in trouble... Read more »

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Jul 23, 2020

The artwork in the sticker belongs to the artist even if it doesn't have the copyright symbol on the sticker. The better plan of action is to reach out to the seller and see if they own the rights to the artwork or know who does. Feel free to call or email me if I can be of further assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: When looking at my trademark online is states 606-Abandoned-No statement of use filed. How do I get this active again
James D. Williams
James D. Williams answered on Jul 9, 2020

Unfortunately there is a very limited window to revive your trademark application, once abandoned. You would have to sign a statement that letting the application become abandoned was unintentional, pay a $100 filing fee, and then address whatever the problem was that led to the application... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: Question regarding copyright and trademark want to make sure before starting a business

I am looking to start a business with with State outline logos for hats, shirts and jackets similar to the Masters, but it will be individual states such as Georgia, Alabama, Texas etc...not the outline of the United States I want to make sure I am not or will not enter any legal issues moving... Read more »

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on May 1, 2020

The geographic boundary of a state is not protected, but you have to make sure that your design doesn't infringe on someone else's. I would contact a trademark attorney to discuss the word mark or design mark (logo) that you intend on using to be able to get more tailored advice. Feel... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Illegal Copyright Trolling?

Hi there, I was having a discussion with my friends about a theoretical scheme between copyright lawyers and something like a movie studio. If they conspire to upload the material to a bittorrent site themselves in order to sue infringers, is that illegal? The closest thing we could think of would... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 28, 2020

probably very illegal

Lots of parts to analyze, if it is a real concern you should consult with an attorney

www.legalbizglobal.com

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Georgia on
Q: Can I use parts identical to LEGO parts (non-patented/expired) in a commercial virtual reality game?

The parts are sourced from an online community (LDraw.com) that models the LEGO parts in 3D attempting to digitally archive the LEGO parts, so they are as close to the original as possible. I am attempting to create a virtual reality game where these parts can be built in a similar way (but in a... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 27, 2020

It will depend on what parts you are referring to.

If they are the ones out of protection, you could use them. But you need to make sure they do not have other protections, common law or statutory.

You should definitely consult an attorney to be better guided.

Marcos

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright for Georgia on
Q: Gulfstream Areosoace is saying they trademark the words Gulf Stream from being placed o anything? True?

When Gulf Stream is related to the oceans current? The Gulf Stream, together with its northern extension the North Atlantic Drift, is a warm and swift Atlantic ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and stretches to the tip of Florida, and follows the eastern coastlines of the United... Read more »

Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on Apr 24, 2020

Only for the described goods and services.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: If my file failed because of abandonment how can I reopen it?
Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Feb 3, 2020

There are various reasons that a file will be considered abandoned by the USPTO. If the file is considered abandoned for failure to respond to an Office Action or to file the Statement of Use, an applicant may be able to file a Petition to Revive the application. However, the petition must be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Georgia on
Q: If a Clothing company takes my last name as their trademark is there anything I can do.
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 28, 2019

Depends

If your name is so unique and you are very famous, think Kardashian, then yes you could do something.

If the name is their name as well, it is common or can be a made up name, you may have more difficulty, specially if you are not using it in the context of clothing....
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Can I "tease" a small portion of a melody from a movie soundtrack in a guitar solo to a rock song?

Specifically, my song is in part about Harry Potter, so in the blues solo I am writing I want to play the first 4-6 notes in a lick repeatedly with different rhythms, sometimes in the correct order and sometimes not, never in the same rhythm as the soundtrack. My goal is to get just close enough... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Nov 13, 2019

don't. don't try.

there are tons of cases similar to yours in litigation.

what you just described is the core of their litigation, people confuses it with the original work.

www.legalbizglobal.com

best luck

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: Hello, If I see a trademark name has expired and not been renewed, can I claim that ?

See information on Durysta

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Jul 31, 2019

Technically, yes -- but you have to understand that "claiming" the mark is not the correct description -- you have the right to prepare and file a new registration application with the USPTO and go through the entire registration process for the mark you'd like to claim. This process... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: If the trademark is abandoned does that mean someone could still use the name
John Martin Hilla
John Martin Hilla answered on Jun 24, 2019

Abandonment of a trademark or a trademark application does not necessarily mean that the name is not in use in commerce. It simply means that that particular application or registration has been abandoned.

Before proceeding to attempt to register the same trademark, you should consult with...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Georgia on
Q: Patent # 9,488,903 how do I know what I need to avoid replicating to reproduce a product similar to such stated in this
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jun 19, 2019

Well, you are going to have to hire a patent attorney to give you an idea if what you want to do infringes or does not infringe on that patent. The patent attorney should also be able to let you know how to do what you want to do without infringing on the patent.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: What's does domestic profit corporation mean?
Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Apr 5, 2019

It means a corporation organized and doing business in the state for profit. A foreign corporation is a company that is organized in another state, but doing business in another state. For example, a corporation organized in Delaware, that is doing business in Georgia, must register as a foreign... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Consumer Law, Copyright and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: Can I use e plurubus Unum as name for my brand as long as it don’t contain the logo
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 1, 2019

You should check if it is registered already.

If it is not, you may get it, depending on what it is used for.

Most government names, brands, documents, etc. are not registered.

They may have security protection, but unless that is the case, or are other requirements for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Person wants me to sign a trade secret document before getting out of our informal partnership with no assets, only idea

I have an inquiry about a business person who wants me to sign a trade secret document before getting out of our partnership (in which we haven’t signed anything and haven’t developed any specific implementation, just ideas through brainstorming deriving from known methods - there's also... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Feb 13, 2019

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... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Person wants me to sign a trade secret document before getting out of our informal partnership with no assets, only idea

I have an inquiry about a business person who wants me to sign a trade secret document before getting out of our partnership (in which we haven’t signed anything and haven’t developed any specific implementation, just ideas through brainstorming deriving from known methods - there's also... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Feb 13, 2019

This is not a family law question and has been addressed to the wrong forum.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: I want to know if this site is legit. https://www.zpublishinghouse.com/pages/about-us

Hello, my name is Thomas Shipman. I am a writer and have a blog in where I post my poems and stories. I recently was contacted by a recruiter from this website: https://www.zpublishinghouse.com/pages/about-us

In where they asked if I wanted to submit my poems for potential entry into their... Read more »

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on May 31, 2018

The website appears to be legitimate, but to further protect your content, I'd register each one for copyright protection with the US Copyright office here: https://eco.copyright.gov/eService_enu/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eco.copyright.gov

You don't need to indicate a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: How would I go about obtaining the copyright to an old abandoned game?

The trademark was abandoned by Microsoft in 2015, and the company that developed the game, Artoon went defunct in 2010.

And further more about how much would it cost to purchase something like that?

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on May 14, 2018

Copyright is an asset just like physical possessions. If the company is in fact out of business, their assets went somewhere (and now belong to someone, such as the original owner's heirs, or another entity or individual) following the company's dissolution. Therefore you still must have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Georgia on
Q: Trademark Question: Classes

Hi. I wanted to register a trademark and wanted to know if I wanted to use it for selling clothing and a Magazine, would these be two separate classes?

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Mar 20, 2018

Yes, clothing and magazines are in two different trademark classes.

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