If there is an old dice game that I can find no record of on the internet or anywhere else then where I have heard of it from in person, is it copyright to turn it into an application for devices for everyone to play? I cannot find an original creator or owner of the game and everyone I’ve ever... View More
Under U.S. copyright law, game mechanics and rules are generally not copyrightable; however, the specific expression of those rules (such as in a rulebook) or any associated artwork may be. If you substantially reimagine the game, including its rules and appearance, your version could be considered...View More
The answer to your question depends on the terms of the asset purchase agreement you signed when you acquired the company. Typically, when a company is sold, the purchaser acquires all of the assets of the company, including any copyrights that the company holds. However, it is possible that the...View More
If you acquired all the assets, that would include both tangible and intangible assets such as copyrights and trademarks. The purchase agreement should make it clear what was transferred. The company may have registered the copyrights, in which case you need to record assignments of the copyright...View More
I buy the product from a source that is allowed to make the sticker or decal and I put it on a product to sell. Do I still have to get a Craftman license to be able to sell that with that sticker on it?
You can file a provisional patent application and say patent pending for a year but that may not be a long-term fix. In order for the patent process to be valuable to you, you need to get claims in a non-provisional application through the examination process. You will need to show that what you...View More
There is really not a clear answer here. It is possible the other trademark owner may oppose your trademark registration or sue you for trademark infringement. The fact that the two marks are in different classes does not necessarily mean consumers are unlikely to be confused by the two marks....View More
If a patent is expired, then whatever is in the patent is generally considered in public domain, meaning, that anyone should be able to use it. There may be some weird exception to this, but that is the whole idea behind patents: the inventor discloses the invention to the society, and return the...View More
Copyright protection is governed by federal law. The Supremacy Clause declares that federal law supersedes inconsistent state law. So yes, if there are state laws in the picture (although it is hard to imagine that being), they would probably be superseded by federal law.
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