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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Q: Can you sue someone homeowners insurance you get hurt on job thier property
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on May 1, 2017

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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Virginia on
Q: If I start up a website, can I quote all other websites?...... long as I put the information in quotes, give the name of the site, give the name of the author if possible, and give a link to the page the quote came from?

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Apr 23, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Virginia on
Q: I have an idea for a system which can predict a large earthquake. Please let me know how I can find a lawyer willing to

help for sharing the monetary profits.

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Feb 3, 2017

You can find a lawyer by contacting the Virginia Bar Association. Here is a link to their referral program:

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Virginia on
Q: I was just wondering how to oppose someone trying to trademark a common phrase. Thank you!

Someone is trying to trademark a common phrase people use in crafting children's clothing. Is there any way to contest this from happening?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 7, 2015

You have not said what it is you are actually talking about. Start by learning about trademarks. You can learn a lot about them on the internet.

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Q: Copyright infringement question

I make custom pieces of art work for paying clients using the picture that they provide. Can I legally use the pieces that I make with their picture on them on my website. The pictures are only to showcase my work and I don't resell or recreate the piece to sell to anyone else.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 3, 2015

Have the customers sign a contract which states that you can use what you produce on your website.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Virginia on
Q: How do I find case results for patent infrigement cases in Virginia?
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 17, 2010

Try going here:

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...
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