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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: I have a partial book draft on my wife’s life which is receiving interest from other writers? How do I protect my IP.

My wife’s life and passing were of national interest, so a timely decision on a book is a wise idea. How do I retain the intellectual property I am producing if I choose to collaborate with another writer who has a professional writing career and who has approached me about the subject.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 27, 2019

You need to hire a competent Patent Lawyer to properly copywrite your material. He will be able to arrange protection prior to you giving away everything.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: Deformation, lost wages, emotional distress. Investor for start up. Wanted 40% after 3mo in. Can I sue!

Contracts with local clients- established. Investor wanted to deposit “monies” from unknown sources into business account. I am a Lease holder and investor has put myself and the employees out. Investor has made slanderous comments to members of the business community. I have lost all wages,... Read more »

Frank J. Steiner
Frank J. Steiner answered on Aug 19, 2019

Based on the facts provided you may have a claim for tortious interference with business relationship.

Q: Hello, I currently bought land and the owner before stated the septic tank was on the property.

A week after closing my realtor sends me a message from the seller stating they took out the septic tank and I can’t find any documents. Is this legal? And if not how can I go about getting this corrected.

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Mar 6, 2019

This is too complicated to answer without reviewing your contact , any disclosures and the closing documents. It may be that some misrepresentations were made during the sale, and if so, you may be entitled to rescind the contract ( give the land back and get your money back) or alternatively, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Tennessee on
Q: If you have a fantasy sports game unlike the typical fantasy game can it be patented
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 4, 2018

Possibly, but it will be difficult. After the decisions in Supreme Court Cases Bikski and Alice, it is fairly difficult to patent a computer program unless the computer program makes the computer operate more efficiently.

Step One is that you should look at recently issued patents to see...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Tennessee on
Q: how can I find out if Gibson still has a patent on a GA-79RVT guitar amplifier made in 1961
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 17, 2018

It would be highly unusual for something that came out in 1961 to still have a patent as patent term back then was 17 years from issue. However, if for some reason they battled for decades to get a patent out, then a patent application filed back then could come out tomorrow and have a term of 17... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Formation, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Tennessee on
Q: I'm starting a new brewery with friends, and we want to know how soon we need to copyright our products?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Sep 25, 2018

Congratulations on your new venture! I hope that it is a great success.

You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on

Car not registered

No updated tags

I don't even live here

My boyfriend's name is on everything.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Aug 7, 2018

Well, first I don't know how you didn't live at the apartment complex when you said that it was YOUR apartment complex. The facts that the car was not registered and there were no updated tags will not help in court. You need to consult with local defense counsel if you can afford it. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Tennessee on
Q: Patent/Copywrite/Trademark Question... I need some clarification.

I am starting a craft business and I have been looking into the law relevant to that. I recently read a blog post about how a person had to take down their clip art listing from Etsy because it infringed on a patent. The clip art design was a green tractor with yellow wheels. She said that there... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jan 19, 2018

There are a lot of people that are pretty unclear on the difference between patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

I cannot see a way for John Deere to own generic images of tractors under a utility patent. They could chase protection for a particular way their actual tractor (or a toy...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: I want to void a manufacturing contract with a guy with many influences in TN

I signed a contract (for a patent-med device manufacturing) with an individual who is very related to big celebrities in TN (and Hollywood), but he is not interested to follow what he said and he ignores me. I want to nullify the contract and whatever else (gross mismanagement, patents losing... Read more »

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Apr 20, 2017

This site is not a great vehicle for retaining counsel. Use, Martindale or UpCounsel and limit your inquiry to attorneys admitted in TN so they would be in a position to file suit on your behalf.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Tennessee on
Q: Copyright/trademark infringement by a third-party who isn't stopping.

I am a Seattle-based freelance designer that created a logo in 2014 for a client in TN. That client is, and the logo was discovered to being used by someone else in 2015. We both told her to cease and desist using it in her social media channels and website. She complied, but... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Feb 3, 2017

Have you filed for copyright protection for the image? If so, it's likely that an attorney would assist you for a portion of any money recovered from the person infringing. Filing for copyright protection for a single work of visual art is $35, it's $55 to file for multiple works. Determine who... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: Trying to claim house with no heir , a third party paid the county taxes, if I pay the city taxes do i have equal claim
Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Dec 19, 2016

Payment of taxes does not entitle the person paying to any special rights in the property ( except perhaps a right to be reimbursed for paying those taxes). I would be very happy if you would pay my taxes, so feel free to do so if you want- but by doing so you are just making a gift. Tennessee has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: I should be co-inventor on patent. Spouses employer removed my claims from application but put back before patent issue

Looking for advice. Husband had an idea, he developed it at home with my input. He shared with his employer as only way he knew to try to patent it. He thought they would share if profitable. They submitted application and made him assign 100% ownership to them even though he told them I was... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 14, 2015

You raise a great question. You should definitely consult with local intellectual property counsel about the specifics. You might make sure in case you have ownership of something valuable.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Tennessee on
Q: Do I need to register my work with the US Copyright office before sending a cease and desist letter?
Mr. Ilya Libenzon
Mr. Ilya Libenzon answered on Jul 26, 2011

You do not have to register your work for this purpose.

You only have to register your work before instituting an action for infringement. Since a cease-and-desist letter only threatens a civil lawsuit if the recipient continues the undesired activity, technically it does not constitute an...
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