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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Maryland on
Q: i created a t-shirt that went viral and is now being copied on multiple websites. what can i do?

the shirt says "Dear Racism, I am not my grandparents. Sincerely, These Hands."

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema
answered on Jun 11, 2017

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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Is intangible personal property included under Maryland's theft statute. What about intellectual property?

Disclaimer: I am not in any trouble. I was just hoping to get an expert's opinion on this matter. Thank you.

My understanding is that theft is Maryland's version of the common law crime of larceny. However, common law required the personal property being stolen to be corporeal,... Read more »

Thomas J. Maronick Jr
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Thomas J. Maronick Jr
answered on May 1, 2017

Theft of intellectual property I have never heard of in criminal court. It sounds more like a civil case.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: I registered a domain name that belonged to a LLC. Can I continue the business they started using that domain name?

The company was an LLC company that had a few backlinks from popular websites. They also had a patented product. Can I use the domain name to continue the service/product the original owner had? i have actually done this with 2 domain names but i havent recreated the website/business ideas of the... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton
answered on Feb 7, 2017

The content of websites is copyrighted as soon as it is created. If you are copying the code and content of the old website, you would face liability for copyright infringement.

Additionally, if you use any images on these sites, to which you do not own the rights to publish, you could be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Can I use the name Jelly Belly Barbecue for a barbecue business?
Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
answered on Jan 28, 2017

This online forum exists for general questions, not so much for attorneys to research a particular question. That being said, to see if a particular name is available one can contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Even if a name is available per the Maryland SDAT, a business... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Can a local competitor place an internet banner on your line listing with supermedia.We R trademarked

We have a very aggressive competitor who wants us out of business. He has placed a display banner on top of our supermedia line listing that jumps out of the banner when a consumer is looking for our trademarked company. Isn't this piracy?

Ray Beckerman
Ray Beckerman
answered on Sep 5, 2014

Your question is very unclear. I would need to see the sites in question, the banner, etc., and would probably have further questions for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Who lawyer I need to talk with when you invent something it may work?.

I just have something made up or invent myself and I want to be sure that no body have made it yet, and I would like to know who I need to talk with to help me about it, is something simple but may work.thank you

Mr. Ilya Libenzon
Mr. Ilya Libenzon
answered on Aug 18, 2011

I would recommend consulting a patent attorney who will give you advice as to whether your invention is worth patenting.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Q: Is it better to settle or get a lawyer in the case of copyright infringment
Mr. Ilya Libenzon
Mr. Ilya Libenzon
answered on Jul 28, 2011

It really depends on the facts of the case. I would recommend consulting an intellectual property attorney to assess whether it is better to settle or proceed with the litigation.

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Q: Can district court prosecute you for a counterfeit trademark offense.
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser
answered on Dec 9, 2010

Yes, a Federal Attonrey can prosecute you for a counterfiet trademark offense. per 9 USC 1715:

In order to show that a trademark used by the defendant was a "counterfeit mark" the government must prove the following:

The mark is spurious. 18 U.S.C. § 2320(d)(1)(a). A mark...
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Q: When is the Netlist vs Goog going to be re-visited?

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Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser
answered on Dec 8, 2010

There is no new information about the status of this litigation at the present time.

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