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Q: In a federal court if your business is LLC'd does that protect your personal assets? Do you need a separate attorney to

represent you personally?

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Jul 1, 2019

If the LLC is structured properly and the business is run in accordance with that structure, then yes. However, most lay business owners do not structure the LLC properly and do not run the business in a manner that allows the LLC to shield its owners from liability. You may schedule a free intro... Read more »

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Q: What assets have to be surrendered if you have a trademark infringement against you personally in federal court?

If you have LLC'd your company can a federal court take your personal assets?

John Martin Hilla
John Martin Hilla answered on Jul 1, 2019

This is too broad a question to be answered without specific details.

A short and generalized response is that, first, it isn't the "federal court" that would take your assets but your judgment creditor and only by way of execution of their judgment via a replevin action under applicable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Kansas on
Q: This area isn't even remotely large enough for my question refer to more details section below please.

I am from Kansas. I am going to start a citizen journalism youtube channel. Do I need to copyright or trademark the name 'The Citizen journalist'. I was told that if commerce happened under the name that it is auto trademarked to me, is this true? If commerce under the name does lock it in for... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on May 22, 2018

You are talking about the difference between a common law trademark and a registered trademark. Different things with different rights and requirements. Here is a helpful resource: https://www.upcounsel.com/common-law-trademark

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Q: When the business you own is an LLC - is the LLC required on all signage, logo's, etc.

I'm changing the name of my business. I want to know what should be trademarked, included on all advertizing, logo's, and signage. Is it okay for the business to legally have one name, registered with the State of Missouri and still have a logo that identifies the business by another name? What... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Apr 17, 2018

If you want to conduct business under anything other than the legal name of the business, you will need to register an assumed name, which is different than a trademark. You are not required to trademark any aspect of the business name or branding. Although it can be very beneficial to do so.... Read more »

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Q: Greetings. How do I go about contesting a trademark that is under review? Also, how do I go about placing a trademark?
Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Jan 29, 2018

To contest a trademark, you need to retain and attorney to file either file a opposition or cancellation proceeding, depending on the status of the registration. I am unsure what you mean by "placing a trademark."

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Q: I'm starting a business named EVRNU. Found it is trademarked - 86434444. Can I still use it in any capacity?
Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Dec 12, 2017

This needs to be assessed privately by a lawyer. You don't want the answer in a public forum like this. Plus it requires some analysis of your business, and the existing trademark registration to provide you with the answer you are seeking. I recommend you hire an intellectual property lawyer to... Read more »

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Q: If a symbol is trademarked for clothing, can the owner sue a copycat if it they use the symbol on a household item?
Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Sep 17, 2017

Short answer: Maybe.

Long answer: It depends on whether the two goods are so related as to potentially cause consumer confusion (which is a core issue in trademark law). The other thing that must be evaluated is whether the crossover from clothing to "a household good" is within the...
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