Griffin Klema's answer 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 a documentary, it might not be necessary since it could be considered a fair use. You might also face the same dilemma for having the images on your website, depending on the nature of the site. Now,...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer I am going to assume that your fact pattern is that you invented a new nanomaterial and communicated details about this new material to a person in the US. That person has subsequently filed a patent application which you have seen as it has published.
Step 1 -- take care to preserve all information that can substantiate not only that you were the first to invent but your communications which provided the details of this invention to the party in Texas.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer If you are using some intellectual property (such as the phrase Austin Bounce House Rental), then it is generally not appropriate for someone to trademark it and thus keep you from using it. There are some exceptions, though.
You should seek a trademark attorney in Texas to help you on this.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer The COST of getting a single US patent is several tens of thousands of US dollars. It could be as little as $10K, or as much as $50K+. It depends on many factors.
Now, the VALUE of a patent, once the US Patent Office grants it, is determined the same as the value of anything else. The value of a patent depends on the market; the value of a patent is somewhere between whatever the owner of the patent is willing to sell it for and whatever the purchaser is willing to buy it for. It...
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer No you would not be O.K. to sell it. "American Express" is likely to be considered a famous mark and probably protected by federal trademark registration. In addition to potential trademark infringement, you might also be at risk for for liability under federal anti-dilution laws.
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer 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.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer You are correct that this is a legitimate worry. Patent liability attaches to those who make, use, sell, offer to sell, or possess an item that infringes an unexpired US patent.
If your supplier is located outside of the US, the patent owner may sue you and leave it to you to collect from your supplier if you have an indemnity clause with your supplier that the supplier will indemnify you from patent infringement claims. If you provided the specifications to the supplier, then it is...
Benton R Patterson III's answer Adding ".com" to an otherwise generic description would not make the trademark viable. The ".com" is generally disregarded by trademark examiners. Neither an LLC nor a domain registration provides trademark rights. Someone else could register the same name as an LLC in a different state or do business under the same name. It may be best to develop another aspect of your branding as a trademark, such as a design, logo, phrase, or product/service name rather than the name of the business...
Griffin Klema's answer Maybe. It depends on the relationship between the photographer and the model. Was the model employed? Was there an employment contract? How well known is the model? The photographer likely owns the copyright, but the model may not have licensed her "likeness" (a right of privacy). Facebook likely has a DMCA takedown request form. I suggest looking there firs.
Benton R Patterson III's answer The other party may have some remaining rights to the trademark. To know for sure, an attorney would need to perform a trademark search. Assuming the prior registrant has no rights; yes, someone else could apply for the trademark.
Benton R Patterson III's answer Basic design elements are protected by copyright as part of broader designs. Although, you cannot prevent someone else from using basic design elements (fonts, letter, shapes) by using them in your own copyright protected work.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer This is a common fear. Unfortunately, if you never tell anyone about the idea it will be hard to move forward.
If you product has new features not found in other products, then you may be able to protect the idea with a patent application. Once you have a patent application on file, then you can share the idea. Ideally under a non-disclosure agreement drafted by an attorney working for you -- be wary of forms on the internet. Note -- the patent application may not protect further...
If you can prove what you say, then ex-manager may have a serious problem on his hands. A person cannot just patent someone else's invention. It is thus possible that the patent is invalid. I am surprised that your contribution was not turned up during the due diligence analysis by the buyer of the company.
Yan Zong's answer Hi, yes. First, when you create a book or a piece of art on your own idea, technically you have the copyright. However you can also register it with the US Copyright Office in order to enforce your right, i.e. suing other people if they fringe on your right. It is simple and you don't need a lawyer to do that.
Benton R Patterson III's answer The best practice is to have a contract that specifies who owns what. If left to a verbal agreement, the others may be able to claim rights to their contributions and/or rights to the follow up stories as joint authors of derivative works.
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