I am an adjunct lecturer at a university in California. My employment status is part time and varies from quarter to quarter. I have evidence that all my teaching materials including lectures, power point slides, quizzes, exams, etc. are readily available for download from a University server.
Unfortunately, they might because the materials were created during the scope and course of employment for the purpose why you were hired. You may want to check your employment agreement if you have one because ther usually is a clause regarding the ownership of intellectual property.
Hi. "Phantom of the Opera", the classic 1925 silent film is in the public domain. Does this mean I can legally print a t-shirt with the Phantom's face on it? I don't want to be sued by Lon Chaney's family for infringement. Can I use this image as long as it doesn't have his name on it? How does... Read more »
Keep in mind that while a work may no longer be protected by Copyright that doesn’t mean it’s not protected by trademark if the brand is still being used. Also, while the 1925 film may be in the public domain other derivative works like the Broadway musical may not be.
I created a logo, website, and social media accounts for a business that I am just an employee for. I never got paid for them, they never claimed rights to them. I am leaving and the owner is threatening to sue unless I give her all of these things. Would she win in this case?
You will need to share this information with an Intellectual Property attorney to get a solid answer. Often an employee does not own the intellectual property created for their employer while they are employed there. However any employment contracts or other documents you signed when hired or...Read more »
Arrested for tresspassing twice his parents knew we were staying there and i missed my court dates cause i dont have any transportation to get from barstow to Victorville now i have warrants am i going to go to jail
I don't believe that Sony is in the wine bar industry but I would need to do a comprehensive sarch to be able to say for sure. Also, just because they're not currently in the business of wine bars does not guarantee that they would not still send a cease and desist letter. I would suggest...Read more »
Check the Current Owner(s) Info and Attorney/Correspondence Info tabs on USPTO's TSDR link for the subject trademark. You can either reach out directly or through counsel. Both approaches have advantages.
I believe they are out of business. I would like to buy the patent and the rights to produce their products. And maybe purchase and of the manufacturing equipment and or materials they may still posses.
You have the option to license the patent/application or purchase the patent/application and have an assignment executed. I'd recommend a review of the entire IP portfolio if they are in fact out of business. My firm frequently handles licensing and assignment transactions.
can a co worker go threw my phone off of work while I am under the influence of achocol with out my permission and then take pictures of what is on my phone to use it against me at work to get me suspended.
Your employer can act on any information it receives from any source to discipline you. There would be no legal case against the employer. As to the co-worker, suing a co-worker is rarely worth the time, money and effort, even if you had a meritorious claim. If that intellectual property should...Read more »
I'm not a patent attorney but I think it will depend on what the patent protects and if it is still effective. Unlike copyrights that last for life plus 70, patents last for a much shorter time frame of 20 years. Consider consulting a patent attorney for advice so that you don't put a lot of time...Read more »
I recently manufactured on a CNC machine 5 sets of high performance skateboard trucks. The design copies very closely a design of a company that is no longer in business. I believe they never had a patent on their skateboard parts. Is it legal for me to sell my product? They are not exact... Read more »
The state gun laws do nothing for the law abiding citizen and make it easier on criminals to attack citizens. I feel discriminated against as a law abiding citizen. The people responsible for making every gun law don't have enough knowledge and experience with firearms. I've recently just found out... Read more »
You can challenge a law as being unconstitutional if you have been concretely and particularly injured by the law. The interpretation of the Second Amendment is in question right now, and there is a great deal of litigation involving the interpretation and extent of the Amendment.
My patent was stolen by another employee who contributed nothing to its conception. I did not even know him when I conceived my idea. He inserted his name onto the application without my knowledge. I have paper trails of my invention including (1) the official company announcement acknowledging... Read more »
The answer hasn't changed since the last time you asked this. You still need to know if you had an employee patent agreement. Witnesses can attest that you worked on the product. It is highly unlikely that witnesses know what the invention is. The invention is what the attorney wrote in the claims...Read more »
In 2013, I invented an aircraft concept. At the company's recommendation, I filed and received a patent for it (patent issued Aug 2018). In 2015, I modified this patent to include another design feature. During the internal application process, I learned that a director inserted his name onto... Read more »
In most cases the company owns any inventions produced by the employee within the course and scope of employment. Did you sign a patent and proprietary agreement when you became an employee? Aerospace companies that get large contracts use these agreements. It is possible you have no rights....Read more »
Could a couple of their names be featured in the book title? Could I write each chapter focusing on one public figure scientist, explaining their perspective on the topic as researched through free material found online? Would a disclaimer at the beginning of the book saying these scientists... Read more »
In the absence of careful legal planning, this book could run into a number of legal problems. A disclaimer is a good way to avoid presenting a misleading picture. However, disclaimers and attributions in bibliographies do not avoid copyright problems. There are issues of derivative works and fair...Read more »
signed agreement: singer ".... authorizes others to use my name, voice and likeness in connection with the production [...] Producer..” (me) “...is the sole owner of all rights in and to the picture and all elements thereof, including photography and recordings of my voice and likeness. [...]... Read more »
It would be necessary to read the agreement in order to understand the deal between the parties. It may seem "fair" for a producer to have the right to use audio, but the rights are determined by the agreement.
It is difficult for an individual to achieve a desired outcome when dealing with...Read more »
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