I have a good case against both Google and Netflix with much documentation and screenshot images. Netflix uses my name on their cartoon, Bojack Horseman, where they've placed it on the marquee of an abortion clinic slurring my registered USPTO TM. They call it "freedom of expression"... Read more »
These types of questions are always very complex and fact-specific. And there are always many gray areas. Before any reasonable attorney can tell you whether they are willing to fight Google and Netflix on your behalf, there are MANY additional questions that will need to be asked and answered, and...Read more »
Hello, I’m an independent artist and recently had my business page on Facebook shut down by Cartier for trademark infringement. I purchased a leather card holder from them, painted a design on it and sold it with my artwork. My sales post stated it was custom painted as well as on my website. My... Read more »
in my opinion you have assessed your case good and from information you have provided it seems like the exhaustion of trademark rights should apply in this case and therefore no trademark infringement shall be involved. However to answer you with more certainty, I would need...Read more »
this situation can be approached in several different ways, however I would need to know the differences between marks/names/segments first, to answer you. Sometimes you may think there is a difference in an indrustries of trademark owner and the other party but the reality...Read more »
A d/b/a (doing business as) is simply an alternative trade name for a business. Different states have registration requirements for DBA's. A trademark protection or copyright protection are an entirely different issue. There is a process underlying the registration of a trademark or a...Read more »
If you are referring to an active federal trademark registration, these changes can be made by updating the registration at the USPTO. Consult a qualified trademark attorney to assist you with this simple task.
I do not see a patent issue here. Your list of legal topics did not include trademarks which is most likely the form of intellectual property that you should consider. For purposes of providing an introduction to vocabulary and not as a source of legal advice -- you could start with...Read more »
Hello. I had some custom skins for planes made for my flight simulator. Half of the plane is black with a red outline at the end. Turns out a "company" that runs a virtual airline that has a copyright on their paint design in the flight simulator has kind of the same design, half of the... Read more »
Let's say time and money is of the essence.Would it make sense to start the trademark proceeding by going to a 50 dollar online company just to secure the name on the tess uspto site first before the other party does and then get a proper attorney when I am better prepared to afford one?
It is MUCH better and usually a lot less expensive in the long run to do everything correctly from the beginning rather than trying to fix problems afterwards. Certain mistakes in trademark applications can never be fixed and some errors can be used by unscrupulous competitors to try to challenge...Read more »
About the same as hiring an experienced doctor vs paying $50 to a random quack. You may want to read this article about the potential negative consequences of trying to register a trademark on the cheap:...Read more »
Most likely the application was deemed abandoned for failure to respond to an Office Action within the required six months, and the Office Action was probably an initial refusal that could have been cured by an amendment to the application. The abandoned application cannot be revived, so you...Read more »
I am hoping to start a new clothing brand and would like to use the name "The Long Weekend" but in my research I came across a brand that sells camera bags and gear called "Long Weekend" who's logo has a registered trademark symbol. I have been trying to find a record of... Read more »
I could give you a better answer if I had some additional information. For now, I will assume that the thing you are selling on eBay is the product of another company. For the sake of discussion, I will assume that company is Nike. If you are selling something with the Nike Swoosh on it, you cannot...Read more »
I have a band name I have used since 2016. I registered for trademark with USPTO in 2020 and it was officially registered in 2021. I have now learned there was a band which used the name briefly in a different market a few years before my first use and every once in a while after that time.... Read more »
There is no requirement to file and obtain a Trademark right with the US PTO. A trademark can be acquired by use. This is called a "common law" trademark and is generally protected only by State Courts.
The term "common law" indicates that the trademark rights that are...Read more »
The federal registration symbol, ®, may be used once the mark is actually registered in the USPTO. Even though an application is pending, the registration symbol may not be used before the mark has actually become registered.
If an online seller got sued because of THE PARTNERSHIPS and UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS IDENTIFIED ON SCHEDULE A with more than 700 sellers. In these kind of cases, what is the approximate cost of defending the case for an Individual seller. As we understand fee might differ from Lawyer to Lawyer,... Read more »
If a descriptive mark has been registered as a trademark contrary to the provisions of subsection (e)(1) of Lanham Act § 2, can it be cancelled afterwards? Can the registration be upheld if it is shown that the mark has in the meanwhile secondary meaning (acquired distinctiveness?)
When a mark is rejected for being descriptive, the applicant may request the mark to be registered in the supplemental register (as opposed to the principal register). The marks in the supplemental register are typically not enforceable. But if the owner uses the mark for at least five years, the...Read more »
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