Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can review the document, your current activities regarding other patents, and then advise you accordingly of any changes to the document before you sign it.
Hello,I own a landscaping business it’s been established since 2019 . In 2021 I noticed a new landscaping company With too much of a similarity to my company name. It wasn’t a problem till a this months when We started receiving backlash and constant phone calls of upset clients of theirs .... Read more »
Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney to review the facts and discuss sending a cease and desist letter raising issues of unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and infringement against the other company.
We previously worked for a Chicago-based Marketing Agencies developing websites. We're wondering now if we can display those websites in our portfolio legally. There was no written agreement with the agency. We're worried about getting sued if the agency sees those websites in our... Read more »
If there was no written agreement with those agencies, then you retain the copyright in the materials that you created for them. They have the right to use the websites, but you actually own the copyright. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney to review the...Read more »
Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to copy and distribute an original creative work in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form. Minors may claim copyright, and the Copyright Office issues registrations to minors.
A trademark registration might have expired or been cancelled, but the owner might still have valid rights in the mark unless the owner has "abandoned" the mark. If another person begins using it, the owner can claim infringement. Whether the mark was abandoned would be determined by...Read more »
Child is underage and I am the guardian/parent. Sent email requesting it and they claim they can't due to some copyright excuse. I've never heard of this from other requests I've made of other news outlets.
Whether they must give you a copy would depend on the terms of the agreement you made with them when you gave them permission to make a video using your child. They own the copyright in the video recording, but can only use it and broadcast it within the terms of your permission and agreement to...Read more »
Without permission of the owner of the copyrights in those characters and their images, that would violate US Copyright Laws for which there can be civil and criminal penalties if the owner learns of your use. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can...Read more »
Until my lease for my new apartment began, I stayed at my friend's place for a month. Recently when moving in, I forgot some items at the friend's place. The next day after move-in, I asked the friend if I can go to their place and collect my remaining items. They said they were out of... Read more »
I’m a 17 year old minor. I’m buying my 25 year old brother’s car soon. Person to person sale. How does the title work? Would it go in my parent’s name and when I’m 18, I need to change it or it automatically changes. Or is it in my and their name, and it automatically removes when I’m 18?
You cannot own property as a minor. The car would be in your parent(s) name. When you turn 18 it does not automatically change. They would have to either gift, or sell you the car. You would take that to the BMV for a new title and pay the associated costs.
I would like to reprint in a book I am writing a story story that has its first publication date November 26, 1920. The author passed away in 1923. Can I print a copy of this short story in my book without permission and therefore not be subject to any legal repercussions? Thank you.
The particular work itself is in the public domain, yes. However, it's possible that *other* works using similar characters and the like could be protected by copyright law. Though your risk of infringement is low here, your best bet is to still consult with an IP attorney to cover your bases.
The photo in question was taken on March 4, 1865, by an employee, probably by Alexander Gardner, if so, of a privately-owned photography studio, owned by Matthew Brady. Can I reprint one of these photos in a book and be free of any legal consequences? Thank you.
Not necessarily. A trademark that is shown as being abandoned on the Trademark Office's website can still theoretically be used by the owner. Consult a trademark attorney to do a proper trademark search and give you an opinion on moving forward.
Drawings included in a published patent application are in the public domain, under long standing US law. In the unlikely event that a copyright notice is included on the patent drawing in the patent application, you should look twice. But, in most cases you can do whatever you want with...Read more »
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