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Q: Is it illegal for me to use Hidden Valley's Ranch seasoning to flavor my snack pretzels that I sell out of my home?

I use the Hidden Valley Dill Ranch seasoning to flavor my snack pretzels. I then package the pretzels under my brand and sell them at farmer's markets across my state, Nebraska. Is this illegal? Is using the Hidden Valley seasoning to flavor my pretzels that I resell under my brand illegal?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Using Hidden Valley's Ranch seasoning to flavor your snack pretzels and then reselling them under your brand could potentially raise legal concerns regarding trademark infringement or unauthorized use of the seasoning. While you may have purchased the seasoning legally, repackaging and... View More

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Q: can I use "kidz Kinect" for a church children's worship program or is that trademark infringement ?
James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Feb 25, 2023

It is possible that "Kidz Kinect" could be a trademark that is owned by someone else for a similar or related product or service. To determine if using "Kidz Kinect" would be trademark infringement, you would need to conduct a trademark search to see if the name is already... View More

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Q: Is it against the trademark to state "fits the American Girl doll" on the listing of my crochet patterns?

On the pattern itself, it just says for 18-inch dolls. But in the description and search it states AG 143 Hiking Set - Crochet Pattern for American Girl Dolls

This is for the “PATTERN” only Not the completed item!

Fits the American Girl, Madame Alexander, Springfield, and... View More

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Your use of the doll trademark to specify that the pattern fits that doll is "nominative fair use" of the trademark. It is not an infringement since you are not selling dolls or competing with the trademark owner, just informing the pattern market what doll yours fits.

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Traffic Tickets for Nebraska on
Q: Expired Registration

If I got pulled over for expired registration & when I went to the courthouse to show proof of registration, they said that the cop never filed the ticket & that I didn’t have to do anything, not even show proof of registration. I didn’t have to go to my court date, will that still show... View More

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Feb 23, 2021

Generally dismissed charges aren't going to show on any criminal history or background report. Exceptions to this may be very high level security clearances. Even then, they aren't generally looking for things like renewing your registration a little bit late.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Nebraska on
Q: How do I get a literary work copywrite protected independent of an attorney in the state of Nebraska?
Charles Edwin Runyan
Charles Edwin Runyan
answered on Aug 20, 2020

If you are the author of a literary work, the moment the work is finished copyright protection springs into being without any effort on your part. (other than finishing it). You can immediately mark it with the "C" in a circle.

If you go to the copyright office's website,...
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Q: Which is better to copyright or trademark?

We have a new slogan we want to trademark - U Mortgage (powered by Siouxland Federal Credit Union)

Michael Gerity
Michael Gerity
answered on Oct 10, 2017

Hello. Copyright and trademark are completely different types of protection for different types of intellectual property. A copyright is intended to protect forms of creative expression. We typically think of movies, books, songs, pictures and things like that, though copyrights are also used... View More

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