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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: Is using a word from a another company as my brand considered copyright

There is a skincare and tech company that use the word MERAKI and I’m planning to use the same word for my clothing brand. Is that considered copyright. I have a different logo though

Emmanuel Coffy
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answered on Jul 3, 2022

First, your issue falls under trademark rather than copyright. Second, why do you want to use a word associated with an existing company? You may be able to obtain a mark due to your logo, but it is not the best approach. You should strive to come-up with a unique name for your company and/or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for New Jersey on
Q: Can I patent a game that has open domain IPs such as Santa Clause? I’m making a game where Santa is the main villain

I am making the story unique and bringing my own twist on Christmas and a dark tale of horror with my own unique characters and ideas.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on May 14, 2022

Your situation requires more facts and to determine what you can due without getting into serious legal problems, you must retain an experienced patent law attorney. With modern technology, you can be represented by any high-quality attorney in New Jersey irrespective of geography.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: I am a wellness consulting company and I would like to know what are the basic terms outlined in a business contract?

I am a small business wellness consulting company providing services to non-profit and health care organizations and I would like to know what terms should be included in my contracts? Additionally, are there any pro-bono resources that can assist with this? Thank you!

Robert Kost
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Robert Kost
answered on May 2, 2022

You can begin to understand the basic components of a contract here:

https://www.contractstandards.com/public#contracts

Choosing among clauses, authoring the right clauses, and assembling a contract that makes sense for you is the job of an attorney. It is a skill and an art, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: On a FHHS LOAN APPLICATION does my husband need my signature if I am not applying for it with him

Do I ned to sign anything if he’s the only one applying

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Feb 20, 2022

Just read the form or the instructions for it and you will have your answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: What does this mean: "Subject to Freelancer and third-party rights in Pre‐Existing Intellectual Property..."

I am reviewing the IP section of an agreement from a freelancer for a copywriting project. This first passage (above) is the only part I'm not sure about. The entire section reads as follows: "Ownership of Deliverables. Subject to Freelancer and third-party rights in Pre‐Existing... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Feb 20, 2022

Never sign any contract of any significance without having it reviewed first by an attorney. The cost of an hour of attorney's time could save you from the cost of an expensive lawsuit because you did not understand the contract. In addition, by not having an attorney negotiate a contract on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: Is this DMCA notice valid? Can shopify deactivate my listing based on an invalid notice?

Shopify took down my listing on my website based on a DMCA takedown notice which doesn’t have any contact information, sender’s name or signature!! Is this even considered a valid notice? They are asking me to file a counter, but my question is whom do I file counter to? I don’t even know who... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 18, 2021

They do not want to be in the position of deciding who is the rightful owner of the intellectual property

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: Can Shopify even do this? What are my legal options here?

Shopify took down my listing on my website based on a DMCA takedown notice which doesn’t have any contact information, sender’s name or signature!! Is this even considered a valid notice? They are asking me to file a counter, but my question is whom do I file counter to? I don’t even know who... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 18, 2021

Yes they can

They do not want to be in the position of deciding who is the rightful owner of the intellectual property

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: can u use famous people as characters in a fiction book and also use pics of scenes, people without getting permission?

famous people are being used as characters, using their real names, and they have dialogue, relationships, etc. in this book, i.e. a very famous baseball player and a very famous reporter.

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler
answered on May 8, 2020

You need to proceed cautiously, especially if the people you write about are alive. Famous people have the Right of Publicity, meaning the right to exploit their own fame. Definitely work with an attorney before you publish your book.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for New Jersey on
Q: Patent holder wants to block me from selling on Amazon similar product which everyone is selling for many years.

I have a product which was invented by some person many years ago, but wasn't patented. So, now many people sold this product too. But one company modified one detail of the product, and because they couldn't patent this as invention, many sellers, include me, also was selling this... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Apr 27, 2020

Very low chance to win. Not worth the fight unless you have a lot of money and makes sense to you.

I strongly suggest moving on.

Marcos E. Garciaacosta

www.legalbizglobal.com

3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Business Formation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: Can a company use a different name than their registered business name in their advertising?

2 companies, same NJ town, similar names (names changed for privacy).

Company #1 - XYZ Electric. They hold both Electricians & Home Improvement Contractors license under the name XYZ Electric. They don't have a registered DBA. Co #1 was in business before co #2.

Company #2... Read more »

Carl G Hawkins
Carl G Hawkins
answered on Feb 21, 2020

If company 2 trademark is not registered with state or USPTO then you’re likely out of luck because the marks practically need to be identical. If it is registered then it obviously bodes well for co2. With that being said, there are a lot of grey areas in the law and speaking with an attorney... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: Modified Youtube videos on Facebook, copyright issues?

Hi, I have a Facebook page where I upload modified videos from a certain Youtuber. The original videos are very long, and I edit them extensively. The kind of edits I do are taking only certain interesting clips from them then adding music, sound effects, images, and texts. The result is usually a... Read more »

Robyn T. Williams
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Robyn T. Williams
answered on Feb 13, 2020

You can see if the original creator is willing to grant a license to use the works. Particularly since you've already been given notice.

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Q: Do I have a legal right to my registered trade name in my county where my trade name is registered? To prevent anyone

I need to know if I have legal right to prevent anyone from using my trade name? I sold my business but never sold the trade name for the business what are my rights for my trade name?

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams
answered on Feb 4, 2020

Usually, in the sale of a business, the sale agreement includes the goodwill of the business and its name. Your rights in the name will depend on what the agreement says as to ownership of the name. If, in fact, you did not sell the name, then your rights are dependent on how you are currently... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: I have created a digital course(info product) that shows people how to run digital marketing ads for local businesses

One of the method that is teached is a Unquie method of remarketing. There is a paid program out there that teaches a simailr version of this as well, as well as information online about it. I have used some of this work as inspiration, and created a similar strategy in my own words, but the end... Read more »

Paul J. Riviere
Paul J. Riviere
answered on Jan 24, 2020

It seems your teaching/coaching methodology may be protected by copyright and/or patent protection. Copyright law protects original works of authorship; caveat is it need to be in a tangible form like videos or books. There is not enough information here to say yes or no. If the paid program that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: I like to purchase this trademark!
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 27, 2019

If the owner is willing to sell the Trademark, you can do so, but to insure everything is done correctly, then you must retain an experienced IP attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: What will I need to do to claim my fathers property in Luquillo, Puerto Rico?

I brought my father to living in New Jersey 3 years ago because of his declining health. My father never put the property under my name because he was always to ill to go back to PR. My father is now in a nursing home and we don't know what to do about the property. We don't want to lose... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Nov 10, 2019

You need to contact an attorney who is licensed there.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Insurance Bad Faith and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: Got a hit and run lawyers letter. I hit a cyclist he was fine we didn’t call the police.

hit a cyclist stopped my car and checked he was ok. He was fine just complained bike was damaged. No police called I didn’t make any police report. I now received a hit and run letter from a lawyer claiming property damage. What do I do. The cyclist came out in front of me on a roundabout.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
answered on Jul 25, 2019

If charged by the police get yourself a good Criminal lawyer you will be facing loss of your license and jail time. If not charged but just received a letter from a lawyer notify your insurance company and if you didn't have insurance or enough insurance hire your own lawyer to defend the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: Can I add “services” at the end of my business name to eliminate I fringement?

I realized there is a business with a similar name as me. (They had it first). If I amend my business name to add “services” at the end will this suffice? Or is there still room for a cease and desist letter to be sent to me?

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos
answered on Apr 12, 2019

The standard for infringement is the likelihood of confusion. So, your assumption is correct. There is room.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: Am I obligated to respond to a company’s request for assistance after they infringed on my trademark?

A company was infringing on my registered trademark and I reported it to the marketplace they were using. All of their items were removed (including items not related to my TM). They have emailed and called requesting that I rescind my complaint so that they can begin selling the non-infringing... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema
answered on Jan 16, 2019

The answer probably depends on the marketplaces' merchant terms. Absent any contract between you and the infringer, the answer is probably no.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: I was intoxicated while I was assaulted, drove away to flee danger, can i press charges? Friend attempted to kill me.
Peter Briskin
Peter Briskin
answered on Jan 5, 2019

You can go to your local police department and report the crime.

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property for New Jersey on
Q: I was told that the story I wrote has copyright automatically attached to it. What are the benefits of registering

copyright then?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 14, 2018

The U.S. Copyright Office addresses this issue in its bulletin, Copyright Basics. Here is a link:

https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf. If you are seeking guidance beyond general information, you could consult with a copyright attorney.

Tim Akpinar

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