I make ornaments using commercial clear ornaments & books that I buy and cut apart & curl into ribbons to put into the ornament. I do not advertise them by the book name so that I don't risk infringing on anyone's copyright or IP even though the books I use are public domain.... Read more »
"Can a nondescript item be trademarked?" Trade dress is a bit different than its more common cousins, word marks (e.g., "Apple") and stylized (special form) marks (like the Nike "swoosh"), which are usually tagged or stamped on their associated products. Trade dress...Read more »
My daughter is an artist, photographer, craftswoman, woodworker and a very creative person. She has been selling by word of mouth. She creates and re-purposes many different items putting her flair on them and is attempting to build a brand. She came up with a "company" name and wants to... Read more »
I just created a graph this afternoon around 1:00pm with my name and date in the bottom corner that really impressed my professor who is a doctor in medicine. After getting off the phone with my father, he suggested I reach out and see if this is something that I could patent. Is there any way... Read more »
A spreadsheet graph is not generally the kind of thing that can be patented. If you think it is truly new and innovative, I encourage you to consult privately with a patent attorney. Be prepared to explain it thoroughly, and keep in mind that your 1-year time limit for patenting already started...Read more »
I'm a visual artist and someone had asked me to recreate one of my images with them photoshopped into it. It was for an album cover and I was happy to help another artist out- I told him I would do it for $25, to which he agreed and asked if I could do it that day. I started working right... Read more »
I believe that in the US, there is a defense that the infringement "is in the public good". I am in Sydney, Australia, and I would like to remediate the offense (if it is indeed an offence, and prevent further infringements.
I'm working on some open-source exercises for Russian language students, and for an alphabet-related exercise it would be very helpful to display pictures of Russian signs with English cognates that beginner students can read easily. However, I'm unsure of the legal implications of using,... Read more »
Here, you are describing the intersection of copyright and trademark law. While it would be trademark infringement to open your own restaurant called Burger King, or to sell a hamburger wrapped up in a wrapper that says Burger King, you certainly can take a picture of a Burger King restaurant and...Read more »
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I agreed, verbally and via written contract, to teach my copyrighted workshop at a six-week summer program. My boss filmed all the program’s classes and sold them to virtual students for an indefinite period of time after the six-week program ends. This was not included in the written contract,... Read more »
You may have a case, but an attorney would need more details to give a more definite answer. For example, was the program created before or during your employment? There may be some work for hire issues that need to be sorted out.
It also would depend if there is an integration clause in...Read more »
The technology with credit cards has evolved by using raised numbers, then magnetic strips, then chips, so if you come up with yet another advance in technology, you should be able to get a patent on that.
i’m looking to create my own digital magazine. Some of the pages would consist of work from other people and they would be credited of course but i’m just thinking ahead to when I’m ready to monitize the magazine. Currently I would not be paying other people to contribute nor would I charge... Read more »
Just because you credit an author does not mean you can use their work, even if you are not selling the magazine. This could very easily get you in trouble for copyright ingrinment and get a DMCA notice. You would need to get permission from each author to post their work in your magazine....Read more »
Hi there. This section in for intelelctual property questions such as trademark, copyright, and patents. You may want to re-post your question in a different section such as landlord/tenent law or family law. Sorry about the confusion.
Hi there. This section is for intellectual property questions like copyright, trademarks, and patents. You may want to re-post your question in a different section for personal property, traffic incidents, or civil litigation. Sorry about the confusion!
Rx and OTC drugs come with monographs, medication guides and manufacturer pamphlets and I would like to know if one can reference their data without worrying about copyright laws. For example, ican someone make a database that customers pay a fee to join that summarizes the critical data from... Read more »
Yes, the guides and pamphlets are protected by copyright laws. However, you may still be able to create the database you are talking about without running into copyright issues. It would depend on how much of the information you used, whether you cite your sources correctly, and whether you use any...Read more »
Courts are not too concerned with syntax. The emphasis is more on substantive legal issues, such as naming the parties, identifying the goods, including prices, timeframes to accept offer, forms of acceptance, etc. Good luck
While ideas are not patentable per se, a device may be patentable if it is fully described in the patent application, it has utility, and it is new and non- obvious over similar devices that exist in the prior art.
3 designers worked on a project where they were assigned to design an electric boat. They all agreed to work for a client based in Norway for 3 months at 7k euro fee. Later due to extraneous circumstances, the project timeline was extended to 9 months. The extra 6 months fee was... Read more »
This is a mess. It sounds to me like you need a lawyer licensed in Norway to sort it out. It is of course possible for the designers and the client to negotiate whatever agreement they can all agree to. Failing that, you need advice about breach of contract and intellectual property law in...Read more »
I'm planning on creating a book series in which I want to trademark the title. I'm also currently creating a video game to add to this franchise. In the future, I want to file another application to extend my trademark to not only protect my books, but my video games too.
Hi there! It is great that you are thinking about IP protections from the very beginning.
From a trademark standpoint you have limited options that far in advance. You can file trademark registrations for things that are not in commerce yet (called an intent-to-use application), but the...Read more »
I am starting a youtube channel containing instructional and entertaining videos about homebrewing (beer, wine, etc...). The channel will be owned by my parent llc. I'm looking into trademarking the parent companies name and logo. Which class of trademark do i want to use? Class 33 for... Read more »
Arguably, the most crucial pieces of any trademark application are the selection of the appropriate filing classes and the proper description of goods and/or services within those classes. They are also commonly the subject of refusals by the USPTO. I highly recommend consulting a trademark...Read more »
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