I've created a cocktail. I want to register this recipe. I've seen already exist for cocktails like limoncello. What can I do? There's an attorney close to Pasadena which can help me?
Before speaking with a lawyer, read the following link from the Patent Office: http://www.uspto.gov/custom-page/inventors-eye-advice-1See question
I don't want anyone to copy my work. Which consists of using particular natural elements and sourced components so the dimensions will never be consistent. So I thought I might patent the combined pieces? Or the idea??? Any help will be greatly ap...
1. Your work is subject to copyright automatically, so it is already subject to the protection of the copyright laws, which prevent straight out copying of a work. If you crafted a work based on, say, Yosemite's Half Dome, you would be able to protect your particular expression, but not the general idea of Yosemite's Half Dome -- many, many artists have done that already.
2. Ideas are not subject to copyright laws; only the actual expression is. Boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl back is an idea that is not protected; Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the movie Titanic are examples of expression of the idea.
3. Abstract ideas like "using particular natural elements and sourced components so the dimensions will never be consistent" is probably not subject to patent, trademark, or copyright laws. Only novel (meaning new, never done before) inventions are subject to patent laws. Artwork isn't an "invention," it is an expression. If you are referring to your process, that may possibly be patentable, but you need to speak with a patent attorney about prior art (prior examples that may be subject to patent).
4. In the event that you had a patentable invention, you could look at costs from $5000 = $20,000, depending on many factors not in your control.
My cousin (who owns a barbershop) and his friend (who own a bar) were sharing Directtv service. The businesses back each other and share a main wall. Today they recieved a letter that they're being sued for $10,000 and maybe more. My cousin is ve...
Yes, your cousin is likely breaching the rights of DirectTV by taking its service without paying for it. The letter should have a contact name, number, and address, but I suggest that he first seek a lawyer to help. This is too important to do himself.See question
Not all artists can afford to copyright their designs, but some can. Regardless, even if an artist does invest in copyrighting their design, large corporations seem to always overpower independent artists in cases related to IP theft. For examp...
1. Your work is protected by copyright as soon as you "fix" it in a permanent medium. Thus, if you make it, and its "original" in the sense that you created it and it doesn't copy other peoples' works, you have copyright protection. You can use the circled C -- (c) -- to identify it as yours. If it is a photo that is posted online, you can add information that is not visible but can be recalled if someone swipes the file and presents it as his own work.
2. You can register your copyright to provide it additional protection. With registration, you can have additional remedies if someone copies your work. Registration is easy, takes only a few minutes, and costs well less than $100 (though you may have to wait for an eternity to get the registration back.) If the work is infringed after registration, you can get the loser to pay your attorneys' fees -- and that can often dwarf the awarded damages.
3. There are lawyers who are willing to do cease-and-desist letters to protect your copyright. Avvo can help you find them in your area.
purchased a case of disposable industrial gloves- 5 years ago - I no longer had that need and since i paid around $24.95 a box i figured just put them online to sell. a few days after listing i received this notice: From AMMEX Legal Department: ...
Assuming you legally purchased authentic gloves, you are protected by the first sale doctrine. If I were to sell my used Ford, any buyer would want to know what kind of car I'm selling.
I really suggest you contact a lawyer in the East Bay to write a quick letter for you explaining to AMMEX why they are wrong, and why they might get into trouble for the cease-and-desist letter.
Being sued by Getty Images.
As Ms. Vaccaro says, you need to contact a lawyer -- we aren't allowed to go to you.
Avvo allows you to search for lawyers experienced in copyright and intellectual property issues in your area.
I run a fairly niche publication, it is free to the public, but we sell advertising in it to businesses in our niche. About 20% of our magazine consists of interesting news articles related to our niche, but they aren't original. The articles are ...
What you describe you are doing now sounds an awful lot like copyright infringement. Assuming that all of these works are registered, you may be on the hook for many, many thousands of dollars in statutory damages. You should immediately stop any more publishing, and consult with an experienced intellectual property lawyer in your area. You are in a dangerous area right now.
Instead of re-writing others' work, add some value to it by adding perspective. Compare and contrast one issue from another. Be original and protect your own expression, instead of stealing others'.
About a year ago my girlfriend found out that somebody distributed the anonymous letters to her friends saying that she was fooling around with many men including a few of her friends’ husbands. The letters did not spell out the name though. The n...
While this does sound like defamation under California law, please consider the ramifications before filing anything.
First, this will be expensive. While there are lawyers who will take this on a contingency, they will want to do so ONLY if (1) there are significant damages to be awarded, and (2) there are deep pockets to pay for them. If there is a small likelihood of payment, no one will do it on contingency. Paying a lawyer could be far, far more expensive than the damages, and California law does not allow the payment of attorneys' fees in actions like this. Meanwhile, the other side would likely have insurance cover at least some of it under home liability insurance.
2. Be very aware of just how intrusive this will be to your girlfriend and you. Filing this suit will likely make both your lives' fair game, as in past relationships and friendships. Phone, text, and email records, among many others, will be examined. This can be ridiculously disruptive and invasive. You may come to prefer have a full proctology exam done in the middle of a packed football stadium and sent to the big screen so everyone could review it.
I'm a lawyer, but I firmly believe that the courts are the wrong forum for this. There are other, better legal ways of fixing this..
I received the email from my ISP provider advising that "As part of the Copyright Alert Program, we've received a second notice from a movie studio, record company, television studio or other company that owns copyrighted material stating that you...
1. Stop downloading other people's intellectual property without paying for it. This won't happen if you only download stuff you pay for.
2. Contact an intellectual property lawyer to review the letter. Most likely, this is a letter that is part of a "six-strikes" program. After the next complaint (which won't occur, because you will only be downloading music and movies that you pay for) the ISP is likely to "throttle" your connection, so it is a lot slower. You'll likely (not certainly, but likely) be all right, so long as you stop further infringement.
I know that the standard is "as long as it avoids confusion". If I, say, were registering a trademark for a car brand, but the same trademark exists for a boat company, even though they would both fall under Class 12 (Vehicles), would I still be a...
You really need to speak to an intellectual property lawyer about the specific marks you're discussing -- both in the way they are written, the way they are pronounced --- a lot of concepts go into a determination. This is very much case-by-case stuff. You have the legal basics down, but practical application needs years of experience.See question