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Q: Somehow my trademark became "dead:How can I get this reinstated

For Serial Number: 77426116

Sergiy M Sivochek
Sergiy M Sivochek
answered on Aug 23, 2022

This application was abandoned a long time ago (in 2008) for failure to respond to some questions that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had in connection with the application. That application is long dead and cannot be revived or reinstated. But you can potentially file a new... Read more »

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Q: Is it against the law to use the name of a government program to market advice and sell services?

My company helps military veterans with their benefits and provides counseling for them to make sure they are receiving the maximum benefits they are entitled to. Would it be against the law if I bought a domain such as (Just a random example not the actual domain) and... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp PRO label
answered on Jan 17, 2022

The names of government agencies and programs are essentially trademarks or service marks, and are infringed if private entities promote goods or services with confusingly similar names.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Trademark for Alabama on
Q: How can I counter response to someone who reported me copyright infringement even though the art is different?

I was sent a notice on Etsy about copyright infringement but my design is different then what is being reported. I used different images and fonts. How do I respond to get them to over turn their decision?

Robert Kost
Robert Kost
answered on Nov 18, 2021

This question is a very specific one, and will turn on the specifics of who is reporting what to whom, and what their and your designs are. Maybe Etsy has a simple process? Otherwise, I'd suggest that this can only be properly answered by an attorney in dialog with you, and not through a web form.

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Q: If someone else trademarked my business name do I have any rights? Incorporated 2017. Trademarked 2019 by this person

Received cease and desist letter via email

Nothing by mail

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins
answered on Nov 3, 2020

Hi there. Unfortunately, there is not a simple yes or no answer to this question. You should definitely reach out to a licensed trademark attorney to help determine the best steps for you to take.

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Q: Hello! I purchased a trademark that is now in abandoned status. I would like to know the proper steps to reactivate.

Serial Number 85926113

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero
answered on Sep 3, 2020

Depending on how much time has passed since the trademark was deemed abandoned by the USPTO, you may be eligible to petition to revive it. However, it is more likely that a new trademark application for registration will have to be filed. A proper clearance search, however, must be conducted in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Alabama on
Q: When looking at my trademark online is states 606-Abandoned-No statement of use filed. What would I do?
Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero
answered on Jul 8, 2020

You should consult with an attorney to determine whether you can revive the application or if you have resubmit.

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Q: Can a brand name be trademarked by someone else if it has been registered as a legal entity in the State of Alabama?

If a brand name has been established but we had not trademarked the name and just recently found out someone else has can we legally no longer use the brand name?

Mark A. Baker
Mark A. Baker
answered on Jan 10, 2018

If the other party's use of the name has been trademarked through the USPTO, you may have an uphill battle. Much would depend upon the timing, although if your usage of the name commenced before the other party's use, and you can document this use, then there may be an avenue to proceed.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for Alabama on
Q: Do I (the producer) own the rights to an artist’s image/likeness/master recordings?

I produced (recorded, mixed, mastered, published, etc) two albums and numerous music videos for an artist. We were a team and were good friends. The artist willingly allowed me to record him, video him, photograph him, etc. and post it all on my website and social media pages many times. No... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Dec 4, 2017

Unless the artist agreed to convey to you the property you don't own it. You might try to enforce some contract by course of dealing, or attempt to show that he gave the work away, but you are going to learn a lesson in doing things without an agreement in place.

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