When creating a game, it's essential to be cautious about recreating gun designs, especially those that are distinctive and associated with specific manufacturers. While you don't intend to use real names, the visual similarity or unique features of certain gun designs can still be...View More
In Louisiana, whether it's legal to use pictures from your laptop in a calendar or devotional book largely depends on the copyright status of those images. If you took the pictures yourself or have explicit permission from the photographer, you generally have the right to use them for your...View More
I have a blog and I want to post work from home job leads on it with a description of the jobs benefits underneath it. Is this legal? Will I have to have permission from the business to post their link to apply to the job on my website and write a blog post in my own words about the job benefits... View More
Posting job listings and descriptions of their benefits on your blog without explicit permission from the companies can be legally permissible, especially if the information is already publicly available. When you use publicly available information, like job descriptions and benefits, and present...View More
We are creating a fake application for our marketing class. With their help we are creating the idea and presenting it. We all contributed to the final idea. If I create the application and go public with it, could I face legal backlash from them for not including them in the company?
It depends on the terms of your agreement with the other members of the group. If you had a written agreement or contract that specifies each person's rights and responsibilities in regard to the creation and ownership of the company, then you would need to adhere to those terms. If there was...View More
Using the same name for a sci-fi video game as an existing sci-fi book anthology could potentially lead to trademark infringement issues. It is important to conduct a thorough search to ensure that the name is not already trademarked for similar products or services. Even if the name is not...View More
Although titles of works are not copyrighted, the characters and other elements of the book may be, so steer clear of infringing them. The other consideration is whether the title -- even if not subject to copyright -- may be registered as a trademark. You should consult an experienced...View More
The answer is “probably”. Fair Use I s determined on a case by case basis but parody is one of the acceptable forms of fair use. A parody is determined if a new work is providing commentary specifically on the Original work. In this case, you’d be making the statement, “don’t be a grouch,...View More
There would need to be a side by side comparison to know for sure.
Generally, one can commit trademark infringement if there is use of a mark where: (a) the mark is the same as -- or similar to -- another mark; and (b) that use will cause likelihood of confusion to a potential consumer,...View More
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...View More
There is a place to register patent assignments at the USPTO just like you register title to a piece of property. Not everyone does this but most people do and there are incentives to register assignments for certain types of patents. You can look for the the assignee names here --...View More
It would be a bad idea for me to guess what led to the abandonment and what response you filed. It would be a good idea for you to contact the USPTO help desk as they can look into the electronic file and let you know the next step.
You can call 571 272 4200 ( they have several phone...View More
I received a message from someone on Facebook regarding some cosmetic brushes that I customize in my free time and that I have sold to a few people. They claim that their brushes, which are similar, are copyrighted but I see no proof of it on the website or elsewhere. They are also located in the... View More
any attribution of my contributions within press releases of the work — despite the fact that only my contributions appear in that press release. The attribution of the songs lyrics, and ideas in the NPR press release include every other joint-author excluding me. This enriches the other... View More
Short answer: maybe. Long answer: it probably depends on how clear the evidence is that you were actually an author on the subject work. Have any of the other authors (or anyone generally involved in the development/project) claimed that you did not make any creative contribution to the final work...View More
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