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Bruce E. Burdick

Alton Intellectual Property Law Attorney.

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  1. Our Potentially Registered vs Their Slightly Similar Prior Unregistered Name

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    We are trademarking our company name. Another company has a slightly similar name that is not trademarked. What are our options?

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  2. Can I Legally Talk About A Company Legally On My Website Without Their Permission

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    Generally, yes you can. However you need to keep to exceptions in mind 3 Rules to Consider in talking about companies on website without their permission

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  3. Can I Legally Use A Famous Magazine Name For Products

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    Vogue is an example for this. Clothing is the category of products

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  4. Can I Use Famous Quotes in My Book?

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    IP Considerations when using quotes

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  5. Can I Use My Client's Names as a form of Endorsement?

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    You want to keep clients happy so they will hire you in the future or refer you to others. It's just good business to get their prior permission before using the names, logos and pictures. Most will be flattered, so this can help to protect and even enhance those relationships. On the other hand,

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  6. Can I amend/change trademark after application filed?

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    Material alterations are not allowed. If the mark would need to be republished, the change is material.

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  7. How Can I Get Public Domain or Cheap Photos And Avoid Copyright Infringement

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    There are many free stock photo sites. Just Google "free stock photos" and you will see a number of them.www.fotolia.com claims to have 24,000,000 free stock photos Google Images is by far the largest collection of photos, and lists many public domain photos. You can find the co...

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  8. Where can a new inventor get reliable information - can't afford a lawyer

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    The first thing is to avoid the scammers, for information on that Click Hereor Click Here. The second thing is to understand basically what a patent is. Read the USPTO patent page for this. The second thing is to read why you need to act promptly, this is now the world of First...

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  9. What is "reverse passing off"?

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    There are two forms of passing off to consider. The key is to just be honest and not try to deceive anyone, either by "passing off" your product as theirs or "reverse passing off" their product as yours . Be clear and you should be in the clear. In the famous infringement case ...

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  10. Can copyright infringement be Criminal?

    Written by attorney Bruce Burdick, about 1 year ago.

    Yes, indeed it can. 17 USC 506 provides: 17 USC 506 - Criminal offenses Current through Pub. L. 113-36. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) (a) Criminal Infringement. (1) In general. Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as ...

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