When writing a Children's Book the best protection is the copyright protection for the book. Be sure to once the final version of the book is complete to register the work with the Library of Congress. A copyright is not protected in court without being official registered work. The...View More
You have a couple of options for protecting your original work, as described. The first would be to copyright the book, or books, you write. You could do them individually (single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire) and pay the $45 dollar e-copyright registration fees for each....View More
This is not a copyright question, but really belongs in the realm of trademark law. Whether you can use any particular name for a product or business cannot be answered unless and until you do a thorough name clearance search. Yes, they do cost money, but the money spent upfront can be considered...View More
Using "All the Smoke" as the name of a spice blend is contingent upon whether the phrase is already trademarked in a similar category of goods. To determine its availability, you would conduct a trademark search in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. If...View More
You may generally use your own registered trademarked logo within graphic artwork. However, any modifications to the logo should be done with caution to avoid weakening the distinctiveness of the registered trademark and potentially infringing on the rights of others. It is advisable to consult...View More
To trademark your artwork, you can file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A trademark protects the use of a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others. To apply for...View More
Trademark signifies a source of goods or services. Unless your artwork serves as a logo (which can be trademarked), you would have to demonstrate to the USPTO that the elements of your artwork are distinctive and unique enough (secondary meaning) to qualify as a source of goods. This can be...View More
Hello, I have a question about the legality of using a companies logos on a startup's website for the user's information on a topic of which companies developments we use in our product. For example: "We are working with --> then goes the logos (Google, OpenAI, Epic Games) -->... View More
Just because there is no federal US trademark on it does not mean it would be fair game. An analysis would be much deeper. Besides, there are three live marks for "the sorting hat" and one is for a bunch of printed material. If you look at that, let's say you could open a coffee...View More
Well, assuming the grace period has already expired and there's no common law use or federal registration(s)/pending application(s) for anything identical or similar in the relevant categories, then you could attempt to register the mark. I'd recommend hiring a trademark attorney to...View More
Generally speaking, a trademark does not have to be used or owned by a formal business in order to be deemed a valid trademark; commercial use by a sole proprietor may be deemed "use in commerce" for trademark purposes. If your question is referring to approval by a federal trademark...View More
Yes, a trademark would be denied if it is used in the same industry segment. How wide one defines segment is a bit of an art itself, but the trademarked phrase (that's a pun) is "likelihood of confusion." To me, massage and spa are just too close.
If the mark is indeed abandoned, then yes it is available for you to prepare and file a new application for registration. Note that your application will be treated as new, so you'll have to go through the entire registration process; it will not simply pick up from the previous registration.
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