Mark Oakley's answer As long as you are not creating written or media pieces (film) with the name as a title (assuming the name is unique and identical to the TV show) then there is probably neither copyright nor trademark infringement. But without reviewing the specific title and nature of your business it is impossible to be more specific, so meet with an intellectual property lawyer to be sure. The fact that you “came up with” the name 10 years ago but never used it does not help you.
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer Many government websites make information readily available for search but have a disclaimer that the information cannot be harvested by an auto-bot, software programs, etc. Harvesting an entire database is probably not going to fly, but without knowing what database you are trying to access, one cannot realistically answer the question. More than likely the agency maintaining the website can answer the question.
Gary Kollin's answer I do not know what "it" is. Platen is defined as "a plate, typically made of gold or silver, used for holding the bread during the Eucharist and sometimes as a cover for the chalice."
The police say. Who says? An individual police officer? A supervisor? Is it in writing? Is it an urban legend?
Who are they?
Who is telling the police it is?
Take your time in school Write out a cogent and gramatically correct inquiry. If you cannot, then it appears you should...
Mark Oakley's answer Have they actually filed suit (in which case, you are being sued), or did they merely send a threatening letter? I doubt you are in actual legal jeopardy of losing the word, “Heroes”, from you company name or losing a damage suit in court. My guess is that they are trying to scare you into giving up the word. A lot more goes into tradename infringement than one word, unless it’s a unique brand name like “Google.” Have a lawyer respond with a letter that your use of the word is not an...
Benton R Patterson III's answer This is actually a trademark issue. An attorney would need to know more about the situation to determine who has the rights to the name. Important facts include, who used it first, has either party registered it as a trademark, and whether the audiences for each band overlap.
Benton R Patterson III's answer Both copyright registration and trademark registration are important to prevent others from copying your designs or selling counterfeit versions of your products. Copyright protects creative works. Trademark protects words, symbols, and other ways of designating a goods or services in commerce. The first step is to settle on a specific name or design and the products you intent to use it on. Then contact an intellectual property attorney.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer You need to get connected with an attorney that has been down this road many times before. You will need a non-disclosure/non-use agreement that is used with folks that are given access to your design.
To the extent that you work with vendors to improve your design, the paperwork needs to be clear that their improvements flow to you without additional compensation as you are already paying them to be smart.
Each state has an organization that helps small businesses that is...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer There is not really an international patent. There is a process to file a patent application which serves as the front end for the patent application systems for 152 countries or regions http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/pct_contracting_states.html. This is a Patent Cooperation Treaty Application (PCT). People sometimes call this an international patent but that is not accurate.
You can file a utility application here in the US and then file your PCT application within 12 months of that...
1) It is extremely rare that someone submits a patent application for the first x (first transistor, first airplane, first telephone). We remember those folks as they are few and far between. Most patent applications are filed on improvements.
2) When you are the first to file a patent on X-- then you tend to get broader protection and have a stronger patent than someone filing the 100th patent on an improvement to X....
Griffin Klema's answer First things first: register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. The filing fee is small ($30). An attorney can help you with that process, and it's important to ensure that the registration is properly filed.
You may also want to try trademarking the slogan. Filing an application to register the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office is a bit more expensive ($225 filing fee for a TEAS Plus online application). Again, consider getting some assistance from a...
Will Blackton's answer An attorney representing the commercial interest should review this WordNet license with respect to the intended use.
WordNet® is unencumbered, and may be used in commercial applications in accordance with the following portion of the license: "you agree to comply with the following copyright notice and statements, including the disclaimer, and that the same appear on ALL copies of the software, database and documentation, including modifications that you make for internal use or for...
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