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  • Wow is adding "Walt Disney's" to the movie of the Pinocchio movie poster not necessarily reverse passing off?

    This is not legal advice but for clarification. Looking at US Patent and Trademark Office site, I noticed that Disney has trademarks for titles like "Peter Pan", "Pinocchio", and "Snow White" for the categories of entertainment, including movies. ...

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    First, you start with great gobs of money...no really, Disney has seven registered marks for Cinderella. The goods include leather articles, cushions, clothing, jewelry, candle holders, magnets, and a series of CDs with the stories...they do not have a monopoly on the Cinderella story.

    I didn't look up Pinocchio, but I suspect the same thing is true there.

    It is common for people to try to make it look like they have a mark to monopolize an entire story, and one must always consider whether they want to tackle Disney or some similar huge organization. But fear not....just make sure to get an opinion from a professional before deciding to deliberately poke the bear.

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  • Can someone copyright all designs created in a common shape?

    A guy has built a fire pit that is shaped like a dodecahedron. In this shale, he has cut out designs. He has a copyright of some sort (I saw some of his paperwork). I read (in copyright laws) that a common shape can not be copyrighted. He is claim...

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    The copyright process is not as merit-oriented as the patent process. It's more of just a registration of claims, not well examined for substance. Without knowing exactly what he's filed, it's hard to know what he's claiming, but I would put little stock in his claim before seeing it.

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  • Are there any attorneys in Newport News, VA that specialize in patent and trademark?

    I'd like to find out what it takes to file a provisional patent and then the non provisional. What is the typical cost to have the help of an attorney?

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    Probably, but it doesn't matter.

    One of the great thing about patent and trademark work is that you can use any of us, anywhere in the world, to obtain a patent or register a trademark. I have clients stretching from Seattle to east Europe. You can do it all via phone and Internet.

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  • Copyright infringement on Amazon by unknown third party sellers?

    Hello, There are third party sellers on Amazon selling copyrighted artwork without the permission from the copyright owners. The identity of the sellers is not available on the site. If the copyright owners wanted to sue or threaten to sue o...

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    I'd first send a DCMA letter to Amazon. If you want to sue the infringers, you can file a federal lawsuit as a Smith v. John Doe, and then request discovery to find the names.

    If you just want to threaten to sue, in order to obtain licensing opportunities with them, good luck.

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  • Satisfied case's. Dates 2012 IRS, Attorney 2015 in a pro bono case.

    After my husband passed away the IRS sent notice of lien stating Lien of money owed. I spoke with tax accountant and followed instructions and the IRS sent a letter of satisfaction with in 2 weeks without me having to pay anything (they were wrong...

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    If what you are saying is that you owe a debt to the IRS and some other debt, and that's what's holding you back, then you should contact the IRS and work out a payment plan. I'd do the same with the other debt.

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  • How can I get my ex girlfriend to take all the debt and her name off my credit card?

    Last summer my ex girlfriend's dog needed emergency vet care. She had no credit cards or way to pay. I had a card I didn't use and had a $0 on it. I put her name on it so she could get the dog care. The relationship ended in Oct. and since then...

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    Cancel the card. Sue her in small claims court for the debts she added to the card. Good luck.

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  • Being sued by a credit card company. I owe the debt. Do I have a defense for the company not negotiating my payment terms?

    I was unable to keep up with minimum payments on a credit card. I tried to negotiate a lower monthly payment with the company. They were only willing to lower the interest rate. Do I have any defenses to this suit, or should I let it go to defa...

    Warren’s Answer

    The credit card company is not obligated to make the terms more suitable to you. You might consider a Chapter 13 filing, if you have other similar problems.

    I'd consult with a local bankruptcy attorney and get a more complete view before making a decision.

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  • Will I be liable for previous taxes my fiancé owes if we get married?

    My boyfriend is paying for previous years taxes he owes. If we got married & something happened to him, would I still have to pay back those taxes that he had before we met?

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    You don't generally inherit debts of your fiance. But be aware that the stuff that you obtain together with him while you are married may someday be responsible for paying the debt, as the IRS can go after things that he has an interest in.

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  • Would my negative net income of 167 affect my reaffirmation for my car loan or it best to actually cut back on expenses

    I am reaffirming a car loan in Chapter 7. My expenses and income turned out to be a negative net income but only by about $167. Do I still report this information as being current or would it be a problem to actually cut back on expenses to bri...

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    The easiest thing is to amend schedules and cut back on expenses so you can reaffirm without a painful hearing, but I'd contact my attorney. It may be that you cannot cut back for some reason.

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  • Why was it removed? Do I still owe it? How come I have not been contacted by them for payment?

    I recently found out I had a medical debt in collections that I was unaware I even owed until checking my credit report. To my knowledge I don't recall having any contact with this collection agency or making any payments to them. Today when check...

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    Maybe it was an error and the debt holder removed it when it figure out who responsible party was? Hard to say. Seems like it was a good thing and something not worth worrying about.

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