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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: I am a digital artist. Legally, am i allowed to use 'U.S. Army' on the art i am making, and intend to sell?

https://trademarks.justia.com/779/16/u-s-77916097.html

- The term U.S. Army will be used on a characters uniform i have drawn. - if i sell the art with that phrase on it, are there any legal implications?

- I need real, concrete answers

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You appear to have done some of your own research based on the link you attached. To be absolutely certain you should contact them directly and/or sit down with an attorney who specializes in such matters. The second option probably the best since you could take a LONG time trying to get a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: Will my website idea violate any copyright and/or trademark restrictions?

I'd like to build a website where I create CAD models of various products and allow users to visually configure them together to see how it would look, and display stats based on their configuration. An example of this would be showing what one brand of rim would look like on another... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Jun 27, 2022

The depiction of branded products as you describe, for illustrative and informational purposes, does not infringe the trademarks and is called "nominative fair use" just as it is for reviews and commentary, so long as you are not selling those products. Linking to the trademark... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Employment Law and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Can I show designs I created under an NDA to another group within the same company?

As an engineering intern for a company, I designed things that cannot be shown to the public. After completing my internship, I kept my final presentation for my personal records -- I've never shown it to anyone outside the company and don't plan on doing so. Now, I am interviewing at the... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Mar 8, 2022

First, this question is showing up on a California part of the site, but the information about you suggests you are in Indiana. Unless licensed in Indiana, a California attorney cannot ethically answer your question. If you are in Indiana you will need to direct this to attorneys in your state.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If a book has entered public domain, do the original publishers still retain copyright on their first book production?

Or can an exact copy of the first book (same cover, design, formatting etc) be made and used commercially?

Thomas James
Thomas James
answered on Dec 27, 2021

No element that is in the public domain is protected by copyright. Be aware, however, that the copyrights in different elements might have different owners and different durations.

Q: Does this 9447159 patent cover all Fc heterodimeric cytokines with an antigen binding moiety (not just CEA-IL2)?

My question is whether this patent covers all heterodimeric immunoconjugates or immunocytokines as described in Claim 1. Specifically, cytokine could be any secreted growth factors that are not mentioned in the patent. Antigen binding moiety could mean any bivalent antibody although the patent... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Dec 15, 2021

You need to hire a patent attorney or expert in the field to do this analysis for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Hello. I would like to learn about the acknowledged copyright issue?

Hello. I would like to learn about the knowledge copyright issue. we have received a TRO. The plaintiff complained that we infringed on the design patent. But obviously, I think there is a significant difference between our product and theirs. We have found at least 5 specific points. We would be... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Nov 22, 2021

You need to consult with an attorney to understand your options and risks.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Education Law and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: How can I legally include scenes from movies or other media in a teaching course that I'm creating and selling?

This is a teaching course that is all my original material, but movie scenes and songs will be used as examples (this is a language course).

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Nov 21, 2021

If you are using them consistently you would need a license.

You need to talk to an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: need to finalize or resubmit a patent application

patent was considered abandoned. previous attorney not responsive to questions.

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Nov 12, 2021

You should discuss with your patent attorney whether it makes sense to file a petition to revive an unintentionally abandoned patent application.

https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/sb0064.pdf

If the abandonment was indeed unintentional, then the fee to revive may...
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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: How much would it cost to have a 7 page invention assignment and employee services (2pg) agreement reviewed roughly?

I have my own small business doing engineering and research, but could use some additional funds so I am considering taking on a consulting project with a large company. I know the people I'd be working with as engineers, but the HR from this place is asking I take on being a W2 employee with... Read more »

Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
answered on Nov 11, 2021

Generally speaking ... about $20-$25 a page ... and obviously, it would be ideal to see the document first to firm up or edit the initial estimate... and it may be a good idea to schedule a video call for discussion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: In a few lines, my claim is about photographs I took of an unknown singer back in 1989 in Manchester, UK.

In a few lines, my claim is about photographs I took of an unknown singer back in 1989 in Manchester, UK. Since then xx career has skyrocketed.

He is now worth $120 million. Has a $5 million home in Santa Monica. He has and is using my images embedded in his latest music videos, across all... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Oct 20, 2021

You need to consult with an attorney.

It is key to understand under what conditions and agreement you took the pictures.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for California on
Q: What is the law regarding replacing sentimental property that is damaged in the state of California

I had a leak in my ceiling in the apartment I rent. They rushed me out put me in another apartment but they damaged a lot of my property and a lot of it with sentimental value including an airplane propeller that my ex-boyfriend UPS to me when I got my bachelor's degree from flight school he... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox
answered on Sep 22, 2021

This would not be an intellectual property question, but there's not really a law in regards to this. This would be more appropriately a question for the insurance company that was used to fix the ceiling. As far as I know though, most insurance companies don't give any additional value... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Would a website with a brand name in its domain infringe if it linked to sites offering services similar to that brand?

For example, would the domain name degoogle.com infringe on Google's trademark if the website at that domain displayed affiliate links to more private alternatives to Google's services, such as email, online documents, etc.?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 22, 2021

Yes it would.

Consult with and Attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: I am using a paid language learning program to study a language and wondered if making flashcards would be infringing

I am using a paid language learning program to study a language. I want to make my own flashcards based on the words I learned. It will only be accessible to me. Would I be infringing on their copyright and databases? I know the companies compile words in categories and levels.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 16, 2021

You would need to consult with an attorney

Most likely the infringement is discovered when the copied work is put in commerce

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: today the company came and told us that we needed to take out all our things from storage room that they are going to

Board them up we have been living hear for 11yrs and we've had it since then

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 11, 2021

Unless occupancy of the storage room is a part of your lease, you need to remove your property before it is disposed of by the owners. If you have a right to the storage area by your lease, then you should contact a local attorney to discuss your personal situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Intellectual Property and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Hi there, I'm sorry to bother you...I don’t know what to do…

… I have an older sister that is a meth addict and her daughter also following in her footsteps. They both live with my parents that are from the age of 77 to 84. In the short, my sister and loser daughter are stealing money from my parents, blackmailing my dad and pressuring my dad to help them... Read more »

Sally Bergman
Sally Bergman
answered on Sep 10, 2021

You should immediately call Adult Protective Services who will investigate. Your parents can file for an Elder Abuse Restraining Order and can likely have your sister and her daughter removed from the home. If your parents will not support that action, you may need to consider filing for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Divorce and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Is a video on a YouTube channel considered property?

During my marriage, my ex-wife shot video of our daughter, and years later I put it on a YouTube channel while we were still married but intending to divorce. Is the video, now that I've been divorced a few years, considered both of our property (as I've assumed), or her property since... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox
answered on Sep 21, 2021

The property would likely be joint, as it was shot during your marriage, and California is a community property state. As my colleague has pointed out, the big issue would be on how to properly value the video. But neither you posting it online, or her being the one to actually film it, matters... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If a consulting contract was breached by the client seriously, do I need a ruling to determine it is material?

A client five years ago not only breached a contract by refusing to pay a significant portion of invoices, but also failed to honor several terms such as patenting the work himself without credit or consideration, was destructive to several professional relationships, caused distress, and more.... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 14, 2021

Check statute of limitations.

Depending on how long the contract has been paused, that may be a termination of the contract.

Consult with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Should I respond to an old client who had not paid invoices and just resurfaced offering to pay? Or best via a lawyer?

This was a startup company. The president was a very difficult scheming person to deal with. He paid the majority of my invoices to him early but later on in the relationship did not, and when I ceased work irately criticized me. He claimed he did not have the money to pay me but paid patent... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Aug 14, 2021

You say it's 5 years later. in California, you have 4 years to enforce (i.e. sue on) a breach of written contract. Since you did not sue him within the statute of limitations, you have no legal way to collect. So if he's offering to pay you, take the money and run. You can spend money... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for California on
Q: Are name variations of already existing companies legal?

I had an idea for a company that similarly operates in the same way as AirBnB. But it relates to Dungeons & Dragons, called AirD&D. The basic premise of the company would be that people could post locations that can be rented out for single or ongoing campaigns or game sessions that are... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jul 30, 2021

Maybe, depends

You need to have a consultation with an attorney

In general if the marks are in related areas, there may be a conflict

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California on
Q: This is our grandfather and we are getting zero royalties from any of his patents.

Please ask in person or on the phone.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jul 25, 2021

Consult with an attorney.

It will depend if your grandfather licensed or assigned his rights.

Also patents expire, so if it was long time ago, it is natural that the royalties stopped.

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