If I download a photo of actors or musicians or other public persons and edit it to make it look like a sketch or art, that makes it look significantly different, can I use it for commercial projects like T-Shirts or Mugs?
Given that most famous people have the Right to Publicity, meaning how they exploit their own fame, you will not be able to use their likeness without their permission. Best to consult with local business/intellectual property counsel to understand fully what the Right to Publicity entails.
Because all of those characters are either protected under copyright on trademark, your proposed activity would result in infringement. To help you better understand the implications of such intellectual property rights, both the Copyright Office and USPTO have excellent informative websites. I...Read more »
I am the inventor of web cam covers of which I have a provisional application. I'm looking for an attorney to assist in possible litigation, an attorney of whom will take a contingency case. This has already been proved I have a rock solid case. Davison or invention land tried stealing my idea... Read more »
Sorry, but there is very little chance of any attorney taking your case. For several reasons.
Firstly, just because you've filed a provisional application, does not mean that you have a patent. You need to file a regular application, prosecute it, and have the patent issue before you...Read more »
If you filed a design mark application with a color specimen and registered it with color, the registration protects that specific design exactly as filed. Changing the color will remove the design or logo from the umbrella of protection offered by the USPTO registration.
I’m not sure what you’re asking exactly. If your asking if the second name infringes on the first, the answer is possibly. It depends on the class of goods and services. If you’re asking if they infringe another mark, I would have to know what that mark is to be able to better assist you.
A friend of mine and some others have had their products pulled from their online stores because of trademark on the word Heathen. Heathen is the name of a religion and spiritual practice followed and used by countless people and religious organizations around the world. How could someone have been... Read more »
Congratulations on your new venture! I hope that it is a great success.
You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first...Read more »
My business name is similar to another business’s name, but I am unsure whether it is similar enough to constitute trademark infringement. Example of the situation I am facing (not actual company names): Company A is named Bob’s Cupcakes. Company B is named Bob Smith’s Cupcakes. Would... Read more »
An attorney would need to know much more than just the two names to answer this questions. There are a variety of factors to consider, such as the similarity of products and how the two marks are presented to consumers. It is also important to know who used the mark first and what is claimed in...Read more »
If a person has a legitimate basis for objecting to a trademark application filed by another, there are a couple of approaches that can be pursued. One is to contact the other applicant and attempt them to abandon the application based upon whatever basis there is for objection. Another is to...Read more »
I am starting a craft business and I have been looking into the law relevant to that. I recently read a blog post about how a person had to take down their clip art listing from Etsy because it infringed on a patent. The clip art design was a green tractor with yellow wheels. She said that there... Read more »
Filing a trademark application is easy and inexpensive. Expect a $275 fee to the government and a small amount of professional time to prepare the application. The more expensive and complicated part of the trademark application process is responding to the government attorney's legal...Read more »
Did you receive an initial response from the USPTO (usually within about three months of your original application)? It can take a year to a year and a half before your trademark registration is completed.
I would encourage you to find out the status of the application you've...Read more »
There are common law (i.e. state law) protections available when a name or logo has been used in conjunction with a business activity before it is officially registered or an application made for registration. These rights would in most cases supersede a new application. Also, the individual could...Read more »
Possibly, so long as the good and service are not confusingly similar to the average Joe. You might also be able to vary the mark by stylizing the name of the good in the creation of your logo, providing more grounds for a successful application.
I am a Seattle-based freelance designer that created a logo in 2014 for a client in TN. That client is AnchorYourSoul.com, and the logo was discovered to being used by someone else in 2015. We both told her to cease and desist using it in her social media channels and website. She complied, but... Read more »
Have you filed for copyright protection for the image? If so, it's likely that an attorney would assist you for a portion of any money recovered from the person infringing. Filing for copyright protection for a single work of visual art is $35, it's $55 to file for multiple works....Read more »
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