Richard Sternberg's answer You'll have to give the lawyer much more detail than that, but it is probably best for you not to reveal facts that might be critical to your case in an open, Internet forum where nothing is covered by attorney-client privilege. Try visiting Avvo.com. Plug in "real estate" if the property is land or a home and "intellectual property" if it is some intellectual property. Add the name of your county. Look for well-reviewed lawyers.
Kevin E. Flynn's answer If an application is abandoned far enough back that it is not a situation where the response was lost in the mail (and may be revived), then you should check three things.
1) Sometimes when things are not going well, an applicant will file a continuation or a continuation-in-part and continue seeking patent protection under that new serial number. If you look at the application that is abandoned in Public PAIR -- you can check the tab labelled continuity data to see if this has...
F. Paul Maloof's answer Generaly, it is important to inspect the premises before you enter into the lease. I think you can waive your rights to inspect the property and just rent it "As Is." This may or may not solve your problem.
Peter D. Mlynek's answer You've asked about an invention, which is covered by patents, but you posted your question under copyrights. Let me answer your question both ways.
If you are trying to protect something that is copyrightable, then the protection does not cost you anything. If you write an article, or a book, or a movie script, or shoot a movie, and like, then it is copyrighted when you fix in a tangible medium. It used to be that you had to submit it to the Copyright Office, but...
Kevin E. Flynn's answer For a short period of time, you can keep your idea a secret. This may not work forever as others may eventually come to the same solution for the same problem.
There is a pro bono program for inventors run at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I have not used this program but can get you started with a link to their web page. https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-bono/patent-pro-bono-program.
Benton R Patterson III's answer The ownership of the copyright to the photographs will depend on your employment arrangement and any applicable contracts. An IP attorney needs to review all the facts and documents to determine who owns the rights to the photograph. In the future, it would be best to have an attorney prepare a contract that clearly defines who has the rights to the photographs.
Richard Sternberg's answer You cannot sue their homeowners insurance. If you worked for them as a contractor not covered by workers compensation insurance, you can sue the homeowner or whomever was negligent in causing your injury. If you were covered as an employee by workers compensation, you can file a claim against your employer for workers compensation, which will pay less (medical bills, 2/3 lost wages, and permanency) but will not need to show negligence. Sometimes, you can do both. You need to consult with a...
Glenn B. Manishin's answer The legal concept you are invoking is called "fair use" ad is an exception to copyright. You cannot duplicate a website or its pages but under some circumstances -- which vary depending on the amount, nature and context of use -- use a portion of their content. Attribution or linking is not a defense or sufficient by itself alone. You should seek counsel on this from someone who knows the application of copyright to website "scraping."
Select Virgina for the jurisdiction and patent (under intellectual property) for the case "Type." This will show you patent cases that have been filed. Then get a PACER account, and look at the docket reports for various cases.
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