This is general legal information only and not legal advice. In general, once you pirate a movie, song, photograph, or other creative content, without a proper license, that becomes copyright infringement. You can be liable for that and copyright penalties can be stiff. Buying a licensed version...Read more »
A status of abandonment does not necessarily mean that a trademark is available for use. The owner or some other person may still be using the trademark and have common law rights against infringement. However, it may also depend on whether the new trademark will be used in the same or a related...Read more »
You are going to need to have permission from the copyright owner to make your derivative work. You may want to work through an attorney who could act as intermediary between you and the copyright owner to pitch your concept. The attorney would be in a good position to figure out with you the...Read more »
Your best avenue to a successful Federal trademark registration is to, first, schedule a knowledgeable trademark registration attorney, and, second, to retain that attorney or another such attorney to draft your application for you, utilizing information you provide not only regarding your current...Read more »
If the trademark was registered with the U.S. Trademark Office, but the status of the registration is listed as abandoned, that does not necessarily mean that the trademark is no longer in use in commerce and abandoned within that context. It may still be in use in commerce and protected under...Read more »
Trademark rights are acquired by using the mark. The fact that a trademark registration or application is abandoned does not mean that it is open for anyone to take. If the owner of the mark you are interested in no longer uses it, and you begin using it, you may be able to register the mark. An...Read more »
Possibly so. An attorney would need to review the two trademarks to give a confident answer. The design, the description of goods and services, the t-shirt design, and how you plan to to sell the t-shirt could impact whether or not the trademark may be registered.
My Etsy Listing was set to inactive by Etsy because of trademark infringement from Sealed Air Corporation. As far as I can understand (I have no idea about this stuff) the trademark is for BUBBLEWRAP (=one word). What would be an appropriate wording I can use??
Hello. The difference between two words, or changing the verb tense, or other small changes makes no difference in the trademark context. The only relevant question is whether or not there is a reasonable likelihood of confusion in the relevant consumer. It's pretty safe to say that the...Read more »
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