Deliberate copying or modification of someone else's image may constitute willful copyright infringement with serious consequences, especially if done for financial gains. You would be well-advised to carefully discuss your specific plans with an experienced intellectual property lawyer...Read more »
interested before suddenly cutting off communication with my company. I now work for this large corporation and was recently called into a meeting where I saw the product I had pitched had been fully implemented internally. I have zero proof. Do I have an IP case?
your case would be very hard as the burden of proof lies on your shoulders as you would be in position of plaintiff. Also the time (20 years) is quite a lot and making situation harder as you did not try to patent or protect differently this idea of yours.
The business (A clothing company) didn't generate any profit and we have agreed to dissolve the series LLC, Web P, social media page etc, but it does leave us with the IP of the designs that we independently created.
Neither of us were paid employees or hired to create our own designs... Read more »
There are several factors here, and a thorough review of the LLC and Operating Agreement would be needed, as well as a full understanding of exactly how and when each design was created. I’m an IP Attorney, and would be happy to have a free consultation and see how I can help your legal needs....Read more »
These days people are making money not by selling products but by filling case against small level dropshipping store in the name of trademark infringement. Platform like Ebay and amazon neither send any warning nor a solution to the seller once the case is filled. On the other hand plantiff ask... Read more »
If the trademark is not yours and you do not know of the alleged infringement of trademark, you should not be liable. You should at least hire an attorney to stop them from suing you. Even defending should not be expensive. They can ask what they want. What they can get it is another story. I would...Read more »
I submitted a good patent with my *previous* company. And now as a part of filing, they sent me an "assignment" PDF file to sign which is odd to me and I never had an experience with signing such a file (I was going to sue the company so I'm a bit suspicious about their request).... Read more »
I own a small pressure washing buisness and I found a before and after picture of a house wash online. The image shows a house on the left side as dirty and then on the right side the same house but it’s clean after a washing. It’s a picture I used for my website and my postcards that I put on... Read more »
Based on your story, you don't appear to have explicit permission to use the photo, and may be infringing the photographer's copyright rights. Also based on your story, this photo is widely used and the photographer may not care, or may have intentionally placed the photo in the public...Read more »
First you should consult with a patent attorney to see if the patent that concerns you actually is still in force. It may have lapsed early for failure to pay the maintenance fee and contacting them may cause them to belatedly revive it.
But if you are sure that you want to contact the...Read more »
~20 years from filing for a U.S. Utility patent and 15 years for a U.S. Design patent (was 14 until a few years ago). The Utility patent term can be affected by patent term adjustments, and reliance on the filing date of any earlier priority application, and other factors.
I am writing a patent that consists of separate components that could also be patented. My question is whether it would be better to patent each piece of technology individually or to include them all within the final marketable product.
Well, it is generally easiest and cleanest to put it into separate applications (because inventors typically come up with different components at different times, but I generally tend to put it all into one patent application, let the examiner restrict it, and then choose which way you want to go....Read more »
You can look up a trademark owner's contact information at tsdr.uspto.gov. You can then contact the trademark owner, and make your offer. You may want to seek business and legal advice to make sure you offer an appropriate price, and to make sure the trademark is assigned to you properly...Read more »
Ultimately it depends on where you get the photos and what is in them. If you are using photos that are downloaded from Adobe Stock Photos or a service where the photos are provided to users for posting on public pages, then you might be able to use them, generally. However, if you are finding...Read more »
Because of the substantially similar nature of your proposed mark to that already registered mark, your application would very likely be rejected by the USPTO for "likelihood of confusion." When making their decision, the Examining Attorney examines the proposed mark as a whole, and...Read more »
This is a patent question. From the trademark standpoint, the mechanics of a game, or software coding, etc., is not a subject-matter of trademark law or with which trademark registration with the US Patent and Trademark Office is concerned. Trademark protection is extended to the word mark (name,...Read more »
He traded me vehicles across state lines and they said I'm going to be arrested. The vehicle is already in my name and licensed, they said it's my fault and their soon can't have criminal charges brought against him for taking "his" car, which turns out to be his fathers... Read more »
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