Hi We have a bundle of domains that are similar to a large corporation/org although the domain names are not trademarked (but are similar/in the same "family" to those that are) They had inquired about purchasing them -they do not like the price and are now suggesting its cybersquatting... Read more »
The legality of selling domain names that are the trademarks of other companies is a complex issue and one that has been the subject of much legal debate. In order to understand the law on this matter, it is necessary to look at both trademark law and domain name law.
You will have to research whether the current owner of the Captain America trademark owns the rights in similar service or product classes to your proposed use to promote tourism. Whether you will be sued for infringement will then depend on whether your uses interfere with the rights owner in...Read more »
Your friend should contact a patent litigation lawyer for advice. Not engaging in the lawsuit can have serious, permanent consequences as to the determination of your friend’s rights. It is possible that the process server took all required steps to serve your friend, filed affidavits of service,...Read more »
Such commonly recognized slogans are challenging to register.
A USPTO examiner would very likely issue an office action refusal based on "failure to function as a trademark" because such common slogans are not distinctive and consumers would not clearly identify that a...Read more »
What we can do, firstly, is evaluate whether you have a common law trademark that you are using as a brand in commercial channels, such as selling online. If so, you should explore ASAP the feasibility of a USPTO registration of your mark, as common law trademark rights are very limited and...Read more »
This question is for a trademark and copyright lawyer, as they are specially qualified and licensed to opine on it. However, generally speaking from my experience, if the use is not for profit or to promote you or your business, but rather, educational as a reference for your student, it does not...Read more »
If the design is a registered copyright, you may be able to find contact info within the US Copyright Office. If the design is a registered trademark, you may be able to find contact info within the US Patent and Trademark Office. If there's not any registration for the design you would need...Read more »
Can I create a brand that's named Max Level Gear or Max-Level Gear for a gaming clothing brand? I searched online and it seems someone is using Max Level Apparel for a gaming clothing brand. So is that infringing on them? We are selling similar things but my name is slightly different.
The slight difference in the marks is not significant, so either could claim infringement for use on similar goods, but the deciding factor in which one prevails over the other is which use was prior in time.
My registered business name matches my trademark (under a different class), but someone filed for a class that would infringe on part of my website's services. There is no date of publication to oppose but its still listed as "live". Should I go ahead and file for the same class with... Read more »
The action you are proposing can definitely make some harm and infringe someone else rights. I strongly advice you to seek IP professional attorney in your area so he can advice you more in-depth as there are more details needed to be provided from your side.
I have a live trademark for class 025 but the website i've created also offers goods/services under class 035, 041, and 009. I noticed someone filed for class 041 but their description does not infringe on what I'm doing. However considering my website is a community with in person... Read more »
Thats a highly complicated question (questions) and you should definitely seek intellectual property lawyer to duly analyze the details of your case. There is no right answer here as it depends on further variables that you will need to provide in order to get qualified advice.
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 »
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