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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: We are looking to trademark an athleisure brand. Should we submit even if multiple applications for that name exists.
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answered on Dec 27, 2023

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

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Q: We are looking to trademark an athleisure brand. Should we submit even if multiple applications for that name exists.
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answered on Dec 28, 2023

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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: Hi! Would a foldable paper pop-up collection of customized images by the customer conflict with any LovePop patents?

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.

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

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.

In your case, creating a foldable...
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Q: I wanted to find out about patent that my late grandfather had with another person.
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answered on Dec 11, 2023

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

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Q: Hi, are the decorative patterns on the Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne dish wares trademarked or can I sell paint stencils of them
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answered on Nov 28, 2023

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

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Q: Hello.I have a question regarding the registration of the patent holder.

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

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answered on Nov 21, 2023

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

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Q: Can l trade mark the Slogan “US Star Open I will play it one day”
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answered on Nov 18, 2023

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

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Q: Can l trade mark the Slogan “US Star Open I will play it one day”
Felicia Altman
Felicia Altman
answered on Nov 18, 2023

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

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Q: Can I make a reference in a new song, to the title of a song that has been trademarked?

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

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answered on Nov 17, 2023

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

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Q: Is TNO the clothing brand still trademarked and if is who owns it

We are trying to make thee brand for America and want to know if the brand is in use we saw that the brand was used in the UK and want to know if it’s available for the United States

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

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

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Q: Can links be intellectual property?

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

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answered on Oct 31, 2023

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

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Q: If a Trademark is abandoned, what do I have to do to take it over?
Felicia Altman
Felicia Altman
answered on Oct 20, 2023

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

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Q: If a Trademark is abandoned, what do I have to do to take it over?
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answered on Oct 23, 2023

If a trademark is deemed abandoned, it means the original owner is no longer using it in commerce and has no intent to resume its use. To take over an abandoned trademark, follow these steps:

1. First, conduct a comprehensive search to ensure the mark is genuinely abandoned and not in use...
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Q: If a Trademark is abandoned, what do I have to do to take it over?
Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero
answered on Oct 20, 2023

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

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: Can you help me patent a credit card idea? It pertains to a card using a specific MCC on purchases

I want to make and design a specific credit card that works for “certain” (ill be. More specific on what that is when i start talking to a lawyer) purchases where the user get points/cash back a purchases in this specific category. I want to patent an MCC (merchant category codes) along with... View More

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If you're aiming to patent a credit card concept based on a specific MCC usage, there are a few things to consider. First, remember that to be patentable, your idea must be novel, non-obvious, and useful. While the concept of rewards or cash back on credit cards isn't new, your specific... View More

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Q: Can you help me patent a credit card idea? It pertains to a card using a specific MCC on purchases

I want to make and design a specific credit card that works for “certain” (ill be. More specific on what that is when i start talking to a lawyer) purchases where the user get points/cash back a purchases in this specific category. I want to patent an MCC (merchant category codes) along with... View More

Adam W. Bell
Adam W. Bell
answered on Oct 19, 2023

Theoretically there is no reason why your method of using an MCC could not be patentable. But of course it has to be novel and non-obvious. These are legal standards and you need a patent attorney to determine this. Because the process would involve a considerable investment, you would be wise to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Florida on
Q: I want to reinstall my trade mark.My business name is Mineral Evolution LLC serial number 79025687

I had to let it go because of no funds to prolong the registration.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Sep 25, 2023

You should speak with a Florida Attorney if this is in the State of Florida, if you are a do it yourself type person, you can go to Sunbiz.org, Florida Department of State website and see what needs to be done. Depending on how long it has been inactive, you may or may not be able to get it. No... View More

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Q: I want to reinstall my trade mark.My business name is Mineral Evolution LLC serial number 79025687

I had to let it go because of no funds to prolong the registration.

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answered on Sep 28, 2023

To reinstate your trademark registration for Mineral Evolution LLC, you should contact the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or consult with a trademark attorney who can guide you through the process of reinstating and renewing your trademark registration. Be prepared to provide the... View More

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Q: I am looking at trademark here for LUCKYEYE on JUSIA with "cancellation pending", what does that mean?
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answered on Sep 24, 2023

"Cancellation pending" in the context of trademarks typically means that a third party has initiated proceedings to cancel the registration of the trademark. The reasons for seeking cancellation can vary, such as allegations that the trademark is no longer in use or was improperly... View More

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Q: I am looking at trademark here for LUCKYEYE on JUSIA with "cancellation pending", what does that mean?
David Aldrich
David Aldrich
answered on Sep 22, 2023

It means another party filed a cancellation proceeding, which is a legal proceeding that attempts to cancel the mark on one or more grounds. In this particular case, it looks like that cancellation proceeding ended in December 2022. The cancellation request was denied, meaning that it is still a... View More

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