The answer to your question isn't that simple. The scope of others' trademark rights are based on "likelihood of confusion." That means even if your slogan is not already trademarked by someone else, something similar may lead to trademark infringement liability. For example, one person ran into...Read more »
If your dad's mark has a status of "cancelled" that means the registration is no longer valid. It may mean it has lapsed, or has been canceled as a result of an opposition or lawsuit. But, trademark rights are based on use, so that doesn't mean there are no trademark rights. (These are called...Read more »
The short answer is yes. If the USPTO shows the mark as dead or cancelled, your dad would no longer have rights to that trademark. Further, a cursory review of the trademark database shows that numerous registrations have existed for that mark, with some registrations being still in effect. To...Read more »
I was approached to use my images of people on the field at a sporting event for a potential movie. The images were taken several years ago and were on my website. I do not have a release agreements from the individuals nor the institutions they represent. I own the images. However, I do not want... Read more »
That's a difficult situation. It really depends on what is shown in the photos as far as brands/products and the context in which the images were created. Most likely, the company seeking to use the images would need to get their own release for showing the brands in the movie. But if the movie is...Read more »
You can register both your service mark and your design mark (logo) at the same time, but each is treated as separate registration applications and evaluated independently (and subject to their own registration fees).
I film videos and put them on YouTube and a subscription service company used one of my videos in their web series without directly contacting me and without compensation. They said they got the video from a third party so I wanted to know where I stand legally and what I should be fighting for.... Read more »
Possibly, depending on the concept. Some original concepts from a show can be protected by copyright. However, copyright does not protect age old concepts that exist in many stories (for example, a group of people of different backgrounds share an apartment or contestants are evaluated by a panel...Read more »
Children's story about two pigs. One negative attitude (I Think Not) and one positive ( I Think I Can). Character never says the line, but is intended to relay his "See good in all" attitude. Wanted to make sure the name is not an infringement on the copyright of the old Children's story.
Not likely a copyright infringement, but quite possibly an infringement of those companies' trademarks. More importantly, I imagine those trademarks would qualify as famous marks and likely registered with the U.S. Trademark Office. I think your venture carries some significant legal risks.
This production company is owned by the comedian, Larry the Cable Guy who has trademarked the phrase "Git-R-Done" in a variety of different classes. If they happen to own the trademark in the class which would include limo/shuttle services, then they have a right to demand you cease and desist use...Read more »
Registering a business name is a different process involving different rules from registering a trademark. Generally, there are minimal requirements for registering a business name. Often, even if the names are very similar, you can register a business name in Texas. However, the fact that you...Read more »
Possibly. An attorney would need to review the contract and other documents between you and the television show company to answer this question. Most television production companies will include a clause permitting them to use the content.
Progress in speech synthesis, in particular the work of google (tacotron 2) and baidu (deep voice 3 and and un-named copying system), raises the question of the rights of an individual to the use of their voice and I have found no sufficient answer. I am curious if the law even has a stance on... Read more »
There is a small body of case law on mimicking a famous person's voice (usually a singer's voice in advertisements) surrounding that person's right to publicity that could be used as a basis to claim legal rights in the sound of one's voice with respect to speech synthesis.
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