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Q: What are the legal risks for me selling a game system that looks like a nintendo nes but bears no trademark

what could I potentially face if caught

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Oct 16, 2017

You could potentially be liable for trade dress infringement, which is very similar to what you are describing.

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Q: My college merged with another school and the name was changed. Would I be able to print the old name on shirts to sell?

My school was named Philadelphia University but we recently merged with another college and are now named Jefferson. Would I be able to print the old name and logo (Philadelphia University) on shirts and sell them?

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Jun 3, 2017

You can find out if someone owns a live trademark on "Philadelphia University" by searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System. Pennsylvania also has a state trademark registration system, so search there also. If someone owns the... Read more »

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Q: Can I use certain disney scrap kit for personal use on social media sites to make cover photos and profile pictures?

I want to make cover photos and profile pictures for my friends on FB using a few kits I bought online that sort of resemble disney characters, I contacted disney and they told me to contact an attorney/lawyer to see if my proposed use may run afoul of any laws. I have examples of what I want to do... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Jan 27, 2017

You would have to consult with an attorney, there is not enough information in your post to determine if you're in danger of trademark infringement.

So, you have three options:

(1) make these cover photos without consulting a lawyer and risk a lawsuit;

(2) make these...
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Q: Can I claim statutory damages and attorney costs if I registered my photos from multiple years in one submission?

We're a portrait photography studio. A client of ours infringed on our copyright. We send them a bill - they refused to pay and hired a lawyer.

Now this lawyer says that our registration with Copyright office "may not be proper" - because we registered images from multiple... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 11, 2016

you may have a claim regardless of copywrite based on the contract. But you really should have an artists rights/copywright attorney look over your paperwork. Quantum meruit, unjust enrichment are other possibilities. Don't count on attorneys fees.Within the discretion of the court. Get a... Read more »

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