While churches may stream live services on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok, it's essential to be mindful of copyright laws when using recorded songs during these broadcasts. The fact that the songs are performed live in a church setting does not exempt them from copyright...View More
Using the name of a university on a woodcut map can potentially raise trademark and intellectual property concerns. While you're not using logos, universities often have trademark protection for their names to prevent unauthorized use for commercial purposes. Whether you can use the name...View More
On my website I'd like to have an unrecognizable character jump up and strike a block having an item come out of the block. The motion would be similar to the Mario bros. Would this create any copyright issues with Nintendo?
Using an unrecognizable character in a video game-like scenario, where the character jumps and hits a block to release an item, may still raise potential copyright issues with Nintendo or other video game companies. While the character itself may not be recognizable as a specific copyrighted...View More
To determine if "Boss Babes" is trademarked, you can conduct a search in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. This will show if the term is currently registered as a trademark. Remember, even if a term is not registered as a federal trademark, it could still be...View More
Mickey Mouse, as a character and brand, is indeed protected by both copyright and trademark laws. Copyright protects original works of authorship, such as movies, books, and artwork, including animated characters. Mickey Mouse, as a creation of Walt Disney, falls under this category, safeguarding...View More
Unfortunately, I do not have enough context or details to provide specific advice about your particular situation and why your trademark attorney filed the trademark application under their own name. However, here are a few general possibilities to consider:
The Waste Management Logo Colors with Hex & RGB Codes has 2 colors which are Cadmium Green (#026937) and American Yellow (#EDAA00). If I use these colors for my Dog poop removal business branding/logo/car wrap will I open myself up to litigation
Using a similar color palette to that of another company, like Waste Management, in itself is not typically illegal. Colors alone are generally not sufficient to constitute a trademark infringement unless they have acquired distinctiveness and are strongly associated with a particular company or...View More
When considering whether to submit a trademark application for your athleisure brand, it's important to carefully assess the existing trademark landscape. The presence of multiple applications for a similar or identical name can significantly impact your chances of successfully registering...View More
The other attorney's answer to your question omits only one important point:
when there are multiple users of the same (or confusingly similar) mark for the same or similar goods/services, PRIORITY of usage -- "first in time, first in right" -- determines which of them should...View More
I'm looking at the LovePop patents and wondering if, instead of flowers, I allowed customers to upload some images and create a collection that probably somewhat resembled a bouquet if you squinted your eyes, and if that would conflict with their bouquet patents.
When assessing potential conflicts with LovePop's patents, it's essential to consider the specific claims each patent makes. Patents are often very detailed in their claims, focusing on particular methods, designs, or unique aspects of a product.
To find information about a patent that your late grandfather had, you can start by searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. This database includes all patents filed and granted in the United States and can be accessed online. You will need details such as your...View More
No, the decorative patterns and designs on Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne dishware lines are very unlikely to be protected by active trademarks or eligible for trademark protection. Therefore, you should generally be free to sell paint stencils replicating those patterns without infringing trademarks....View More
I would like to ask what I can do when my former partner in the company stole the software and registered a patent only for himself? The software belongs to a Slovak company in which he was a partner, but the court canceled his partnership. Is it possible to challenge this patent or file a request... View More
If your former partner registered a patent on software that was developed within your Slovak company and without including you or the company as co-owners, you have several options to consider. The first step would be to gather all evidence that demonstrates your contribution and the company's...View More
Yes, you can apply to trademark a slogan like “US Star Open I will play it one day” in the United States, provided it meets certain criteria. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that a trademark be distinctive and used in commerce to identify and distinguish goods or...View More
In order to know if a phrase is available to trademark you must first conduct a search with the USPTO. If no other individual or business has a registered trademark that is the same or similar you may file a intent-to-use or in-use application with the USPTO. Because the trademark process can be...View More
I composed a song where, at some point, I make reference to the title of an important social protest song that became a sort of an anthem, and I describe how important it was to rally the people and brake their fear to the oppressor. However I found out that its title has been trademarked, and I... View More
In Florida, referencing the title of a trademarked song in a new composition can be legally permissible under certain conditions. This usually falls under the category of fair use, especially if the reference is made in a way that is transformative, such as using the title to comment on, criticize,...View More
To ascertain if "TNO" is trademarked and who currently holds the rights, you should search the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. Trademarks can be country-specific, and the fact that a brand is trademarked in the UK does not automatically mean it is protected in...View More
Heres the dilemma: Person 1 runs a Nike monitor and pays for it to give out Nike links to members that paid a subscription which allows them to get hype releases first. Person 2 else just posted a link from that Nike monitor (using the monitor's domain) to the public for free. Does that... View More
In general, mere URLs or links themselves are not considered intellectual property. However, the issue here isn't just about the link but about the service Person 1 provides. If Person 2 is accessing Person 1's paid service and redistributing its contents without permission, there may be...View More
A trademark may have a status of abandoned when the owner has failed to file a response or some other required document. It does not necessarily mean that the trademark is not in use by that applicant or any other business. You may be able to file a new trademark registration if you have conducted...View More
If a trademark has been abandoned you can file an application with the USPTO to apply for the trademark. In order to receive a registered trademark an application for the mark must be filed with the USPTO and you must also be able to provide proof of the mark being used by you as the owner in...View More
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.