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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: We are starting an online business and plan to make clothing with it. We are curious what we need to trademark

We are starting an online business called Highly Legal Herbs. We have filed a trademark for multiple clothing items with this name. Do we have to file a trademark for anything else on the business name to protect it?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

Starting an online business and deciding on what to trademark involves strategic planning to protect your brand effectively. When you file a trademark for clothing items under the name "Highly Legal Herbs," you're taking a significant step in protecting your brand within the clothing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: Can I put anime stickers from a photo editing application on pictures meant for onlyfans?

I'd like to post content to Onlyfans and add stickers from a photo editing application that are characters from anime shows.

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

Using anime stickers from a photo editing application on pictures you intend to post on Onlyfans can raise copyright issues, particularly if the characters are copyrighted material. Copyright laws protect the creators' rights to their works, including anime characters, and using these... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for North Carolina on
Q: How do I know if the kayak I am purchasing from another country is not patented here in the USA?
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answered on Nov 6, 2023

If you are buying items on Alibaba or other similar cites and intend on reselling them, it is very important to do a patent search to try and determine if the product is patented. If it looks very similar to another product, you should see if the product indicates that it has a patent or patent... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for North Carolina on
Q: How do I know if the kayak I am purchasing from another country is not patented here in the USA?
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answered on Nov 8, 2023

To determine if the kayak you plan to purchase from another country is patented in the USA, you should conduct a patent search. You can start by searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. Look for patents on the design or utility of the kayak by using relevant... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property and Business Law for North Carolina on
Q: I am wondering about the viability of an idea I've had for a platform to crowdfund litigation.

The idea is pretty straightforward: It would be a platform that allows for firms or individual lawyers to post meritorious cases in need of funding, once a case is posted investors will be able to browse through them and pledge money to cases they think will yield them a future ROI. The value I see... View More

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answered on Aug 29, 2023

Your idea falls within the realm of litigation finance, a growing field that faces various ethical and legal considerations, including the potential for champerty or maintenance. Transparency and thorough due diligence would be essential in structuring your platform to ensure it complies with the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I need a patent attorney familiar with gun holsters, in particular pocket holsters, who wouldn't have a conflict.
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answered on Aug 5, 2023

I understand the importance of finding the right patent attorney for your specific needs related to gun holsters, particularly pocket holsters. While I cannot directly connect you to an attorney without a conflict, I recommend contacting your local or state bar association. They usually have a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I recently obtained the rights to two characters and wish to stop their current use by an organization

A convention is using two mascots designed and created by an independent artist. The convention willfully granted the artist full ownership of these characters in 2021 in writing.

Recently the artist wished to cease their affiliation, as such both sides terminated her contract with them... View More

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answered on Jul 28, 2023

Given that you have obtained the rights to the characters from the artist, you have the legal authority to negotiate with the convention regarding the use of these characters on their materials and merchandise. If the convention refuses to cooperate, you may explore legal options, such as sending a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: How can I know for sure if patents were my dad's and not someone with the same name?

I believe that my father invented things for the government and or contractors. How can I know for sure if it is him and not someone with the same name?

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

To determine if your father is the inventor of certain patents, you can take several steps. Start by gathering information about your father's work history and any potential inventions he may have been involved in. Check if he had any affiliations with government agencies or contractors. Next,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: If "I Am Unique!" is trademarked, can I use "i am UNIQUE"?

I am looking to add the phrase to clothing and promo items such as mugs, wall art, etc. Also, pay attention to how I utilize the lower case of "i am" and uppercase of "UNIQUE" as well. Not sure that matters.

Would this be permissible, or enfringe on the trademark?

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answered on May 22, 2023

Using the phrase "i am UNIQUE" may still raise trademark concerns if "I Am Unique!" is a registered trademark. Trademark protection extends to similar phrases, even if there are slight variations in capitalization or formatting. It is important to conduct a comprehensive... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: If "I Am Unique!" is trademarked, can I use "i am UNIQUE"?

I am looking to add the phrase to clothing and promo items such as mugs, wall art, etc. Also, pay attention to how I utilize the lower case of "i am" and uppercase of "UNIQUE" as well. Not sure that matters.

Would this be permissible, or enfringe on the trademark?

N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on May 17, 2023

It would depend in part on what each seller is selling. The purpose of a trademark is to help consumers distinguish between sellers, so that consumers know the specific "source" of the products/services they're buying. Using a phrase that someone else is already using to sell... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: My daughter is a paid hair model. Amazon and Temu sellers use her photos frequently. She has filed reports. Can she sue?

Some merchants are actually changing the hair in her pics or editing her face. It’s been stressful and humiliating and she’s lost hundreds of thousands in potential revenue.

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N'kia (NLN)
answered on May 9, 2023

Whether your daughter might be able to win a lawsuit depends in part on who owns the copyrights to the images. Since she was modeling for someone else, it is likely that they own the copyrights. Therefore, they would have the right to allow others to use the images. She should start by speaking... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: If someone has a tagline trademarked, can it be used by another business?
N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
answered on Mar 23, 2023

It depends. Two people may be able to use the same trademark to each sell a different product or service, if doing so wouldn't confuse consumers. [EX: Delta Air Lines and Delta Faucet] However, unless and until a knowledgeable attorney assesses the likelihood of confusion (or lack thereof), it... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: what does it mean under status710-canceled?does this mean name is now avail??under trade mark listing
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Trademark registrations are cancelled in most instances due to the failure of its owner to file with the USPTO a statement of continuing use. These maintenance filings are due in the fifth year after registration and in the ninth year to renew for another ten year term.

Just because a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: can artwork or typography be done with the word trademark on reduce reuse and recycle.
Benjamin Charles Korray
Benjamin Charles Korray
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Artwork and typography are usually protected by copyright law. And brands (company names and logos) are protected through trademark law. The answer to your question should start with figuring out who owns the rights to the image or trademark that you want to use.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: Material Substitute in terms of usage for copyrighted values

I made a website that uses free copyrighted values. The owner claims that my site acts as a material substitute for their site and demands I remove all references and usage of their values. I don't know if there's anything I can do in this situation besides comply.

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

In this situation, it's important to carefully review the claims made by the owner of the copyrighted values and assess whether your website does indeed act as a material substitute for their site. Consider the extent to which your website relies on or replicates the copyrighted values, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: Can I create a new product using a patented logo?
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Oct 16, 2022

I can only guess, based on information provided, that you mean trademarked logo and not patented logo. If this is the case, no you can not use trademark of someone else to create your own product. It could be copyright or trademark infringement. However for more complete answer you should seek a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I am interested in writing a screenplay on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, The Offshore Pirate. Is it public domain?
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Yes, this work should already be considered as in public domain as it was published in 1920.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: Can I print url's of commercial web pages in a book without permission?

I am preparing a manuscript for a commercially available book. I want to print url's of articles published on commercial sites to provide background reading for the reader. Are url's copyrighted? Can I use them without permission? Also, are the titles of such articles copyrighted? If... View More

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 10, 2021

Good question. You should consult with an attorney on this.

A URL is like the title of a book or article, so it may fall under fair use.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I was promised in writing equity for part of my comp. I was fired for no reason due to owner and outside persons action

Essentially I was promised the same type of equity the owner had as part of my total compensation. This is in writing through emails and recorded conversations. The owner was looking at an outside person for advice on many situations, whereby this outsider told me to take action contrary to the... View More

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
answered on Dec 6, 2020

It depends. The primary issue will be what does the written document say about the "equity" and the effect your termination has on it. You should consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for North Carolina on
Q: Does the jelly belly have a patent on their product?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Oct 22, 2020

Please consult an experienced IP attorney to full assess the particular rights of any company. A "FTO" or "Freedom to Operate" opinion is a very important and detailed analysis that should not be taken lightly. To get you started in the right direction, consult the Patent and... View More

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