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Q: Is it legal to draw up your own forms for Garnishing wages and use the Missouri Seal like the original form?

Hi, I live in Missouri and have a rental business. Every month I have to go through 1-4 evictions. Most judgments I get are never paid. This is an ongoing issue. To make things easier, I have created a spreadsheet that fills out forms for Rent and Possession, Unlawful Detainers and Garnishment... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 8, 2019

Rent and Possession petitions and Unlawful Detainer petitions need not be filed using the forms made available by the Missouri judiciary or your local circuit court. I am not certain but believe that the garnishment forms on the available at https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=103116 and your... Read more »

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Q: what is the price of a brand registration?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Mar 13, 2019

You are probably referring to registering a trademark in the USA.

The government fees vary from $225 to over $300

Attorney fees should run from $1,000 to $1,500

That should include a number of searches to identify potential conflicts, advise in how to minimize conflicts, the...
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Q: I have a company here named after a TV show.

This name was used back in the 60s & 70s it had a show the same name. Could I go and trade mark and copy right the name now if know one owns it? Thanks

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Feb 27, 2018

You may be able to register the name as a trademark if it is not being used by anyone else for a similar business. A trademark attorney can help you determine if anyone else has trademark rights that may conflict with your ability to register the name as a trademark.

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Q: Can I sell items using quotes from a public domain work, but taking the actual wording from a modern translation?

I am an artist wishing to sell posters with quotes from Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations". However, I would like to use the wording from a translation published in 2003. Is it legal for me to do this without compensating the publisher or translator?

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Feb 25, 2017

There are two issues here: (1) derivative work of something in the public domain, and (2) whether a short phrase or quote is even subject to copyright protection.

(1) If an original work enters the public domain, this does not cover derivative or subsequent works based on that original...
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Q: I am being sued by CP productions for piracy. They are repersented by Steele law firm. Do I need a lawyer? I didnt do it
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 20, 2010

Yes, you need an attorney. The laws regarding piracy are very much in favor of the owner of the intellectual property rights. Moreover, in most piracy cases, if you are found liable, you can be obligated to pay the attorneys fees of the IP owner, which can easily run into tens of thousands of... Read more »

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