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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Is the word paramount trademarked or copyrighted

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

The word "paramount" is not typically trademarked or copyrighted in its generic usage. However, it's essential to consider the context in which the word is used. If "paramount" is being used as a brand name, title, or slogan in connection with specific goods or services, it... View More

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Q: Who owns book copyright when author deceased & publisher (church) is closed? Small indep church, not part of organiz

The copyright on the book says March 1969 with the church publishing house as the owner. The author-pastor (also my father) died three years ago. The church and its publishing house (ie printing dept) closed 20+ years ago. Now people want to e-publish the book and give it for free. As the daughter,... View More

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

The question of copyright ownership in a situation where the author is deceased and the original publisher is no longer operational can be complex. Under U.S. copyright law, the rights to a work created and published before 1978, such as your father's book from 1969, typically last for the... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Hi, how do I revive/renew a trademark I filed in 2007 but somehow botched and apparently abandoned?

Trademark serial #77116771

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answered on Jan 14, 2024

To revive or renew a trademark that was filed in 2007 but later abandoned, you'll need to start by understanding the current status of the trademark. If the abandonment was due to a failure to respond to an office action or failure to file required maintenance documents, the approach might... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Hi, how do I revive/renew a trademark I filed in 2007 but somehow botched and apparently abandoned?

Trademark serial #77116771

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Jan 14, 2024

The intent-to-use application for EMBERFLY was allowed in 2007, but no statement of use or request for extension was filed. There has been no other application for the same mark. The same application cannot be revived, but a new application should be filed with a statement and specimen of use,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Hi, how do I revive/renew a trademark I filed in 2007 but somehow botched and apparently abandoned?

Trademark serial #77116771

Felicia Altman
Felicia Altman
answered on Jan 14, 2024

If a trademark was abandoned recently, you may be able to file a petition to revive the mark. However, if the trademark has been abandoned for an extended period of time you will need to re-file the application with the USPTO in order to regain rights in the original trademark filed. Many trademark... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Would I be breaking any copyright laws by naming an item in a board game "Pumped up Kicks?"

I'm creating a board game that will only be for personal use right now but might make commercially available in the future. if I were to make a card for the game that depicts a pair of inflatable shoes called "Pumped Up Kicks" in reference to the song, maybe adding a description with... View More

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

Using the phrase "Pumped Up Kicks" in your board game, especially in a way that references the song, could potentially raise copyright issues. The title of a song can be protected under copyright law, particularly if it's distinctive and closely associated with the copyrighted work,... View More

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Q: I have a registered trademark, I am using the trademark request form and instagram keeps denying me.
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answered on Nov 26, 2023

If Instagram is denying your trademark request, it's crucial to review the submission. Ensure that all the documentation you're providing is accurate and complete. This includes proof of your registered trademark and any evidence of its use in commerce.

Sometimes, the issue could...
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Q: Can I show a vehicle with a manufacturers emblem in a commercial or do I need to remove the logo?

I am making a commercial for our company that does paint restoration on vehicles. In the advertisement we show a multitude of vehicles from a distance. Including a Range Rover, Infiniti, GMC, Dodge etc. We make no mention of partnerships or claims of poor quality, just show some before and after... View More

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

In Washington, as in most states, the use of manufacturer emblems in advertising can be a complex issue, primarily governed by trademark laws. The key consideration here is whether the use of these emblems could potentially cause confusion or imply an endorsement or affiliation with the vehicle... View More

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Q: How do you note the copyright for a video where the script is owned by the author and the vid is owned by the publisher?

I teach technical classes for my business and a handful of training companies. I write the scripts and there is an agreement that I own the copyright for the text. However, the videos I film and one of these companies edits have a copyright notice that only mentions the publishing company. This... View More

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

Under California law, if you have an agreement stipulating you own the copyright for the script, then your rights to the text should be protected. However, the final video product is a separate work, and if the publishing company holds the copyright for that, it may be within their rights to place... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property), Intellectual Property and Trademark for Washington on
Q: How much would it cost to take over the Trademark patent since it was abandoned for a product/Business I create?
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answered on Oct 15, 2023

Taking over an abandoned trademark requires filing a new application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The cost is determined by the type of application you file and any associated legal fees. If you're represented by counsel, their fees will vary based on their... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Is it illegal to publish an AI model trained on content that is illegal/pirated?

Specifically, the popular website musescore.com has scores that are "official" and cannot even be downloaded by subscribers, but musescore developers published the scores online, saying "fire us". Therefore, I am assuming that those files are illegal or pirated. Is it illegal to... View More

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Jul 2, 2023

Copyright in works generated with AI, and use of copyrighted materials in AI training are hot topics lately. The US Copyright Office has issued guidance on the subject which can be found here:

https://www.copyright.gov/ai/

The important legal point is that copyright registration...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on
Q: solawave patent

is the actual product SOLAWAVE 90185508 sells patented - or can another company sell the same product with different branding?

Eric Estadt
Eric Estadt
answered on Jun 22, 2023

The product shown in trademark registration number 90185508 for SOLAWAVE appears to be registered as a design patent under D968633 for SKIN TONING DEVICE. Thus, a third party could not simply market an identical product under a different brand name without risking infringement of Solawave's... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: i want to trademark for clothing brand called chosen or chosen one. is this possible?

i see that there are many companies that all have the same name trademarked, many companies have "chosen one" or "chosen" trademarked. how does this work? does this mean i can also make a brand called chosen and get it trademarked?

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answered on Apr 6, 2023

It is possible to trademark a clothing brand called "Chosen" or "Chosen One," but it is important to consider whether there are existing trademarks that could cause confusion with your brand.

When evaluating a trademark application, the United States Patent and Trademark...
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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: i want to trademark for clothing brand called chosen or chosen one. is this possible?

i see that there are many companies that all have the same name trademarked, many companies have "chosen one" or "chosen" trademarked. how does this work? does this mean i can also make a brand called chosen and get it trademarked?

Felicia Altman
Felicia Altman
answered on Apr 5, 2023

Only one same or similar trademark can be registered in a class of goods and/or services. In order to find out if your brand/ trademark is available in the required class of goods/services you should consult a trademark attorney or service company. A quick trademark search can be conducted to... View More

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Q: Can this device be re-patented and re-made since the devices patent is expired
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Mar 29, 2022

No.

The idea behind a patent is that the inventor discloses the invention, and in turn, the government gives the inventor something of value: the ability to keep others from using the patenting invention for a limited time. After the time runs out, anyone can use that invention.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Intellectual Property and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: I am experiencing a surplus of things people don’t know I need to sue and don’t have money i need help pls.

I have been hurt and can’t find the right help .

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 7, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. I'm sorry you were hurt. Without knowing the details of how it happened, it's difficult to offer meaningful direction. One option is to reach out to Washington personal injury attorneys to review your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: If my painting was used on a blog with my permission, can another online publication use same image if I own copyright?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Dec 28, 2020

It depends on what rights you gave to the blog, and if your subsequent usage would exceed those rights. Talk with an experienced copyright lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Washington on
Q: In a trademark, can I protect future additional goods & services that are in progress & haven't been created yet?

I'm planning on creating a book series in which I want to trademark the title. I'm also currently creating a video game to add to this franchise. In the future, I want to file another application to extend my trademark to not only protect my books, but my video games too.

Since... View More

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins
answered on Nov 12, 2020

Hi there! It is great that you are thinking about IP protections from the very beginning.

From a trademark standpoint you have limited options that far in advance. You can file trademark registrations for things that are not in commerce yet (called an intent-to-use application), but the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on
Q: I am trying to create my own gum and mint that has caffeine, l theanine and other Supp. How does this patent affect it?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Sep 28, 2020

Without knowing what patent you're referring to, I can't answer this question fully. However, you can create various search terms around these elements if you utilize Google Patent Search, the USPTO database (PatFT), and the WIPO patent search database (patentscope) to get you in the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Bankruptcy, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: What kind of an attorney do I need if there are issues with divorce, fraudulent bankruptcy, property, and business.

He also made me very sick. I have been blocked from seeing any documents. I am in need of a attorney ASAP

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answered on Jun 4, 2020

The short answer is, you need an attorney that understands both family law and bankruptcy law or two lawyers that know each individual area of law to work together.

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