I own a Pizzeria & Deli and having a contest with Home Economics Dept of the Waterbury Ct school system. The school kids are to create and name a sandwich for our menu. What are the legalities and what contracts need to be written up.
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I am typing out my answer. Please remember that this is general information only, not legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is formed.Believe it or not, the legalities are fairly simple. It is obvious that this simply an exercise for the children and multiple records reflect this. The main thing that you need to ensure that is that the Department and the children understand that your business retains all the right to this creative idea. For this, a contact is not a bad idea. It can be very simple.The undersigned parties agree:WHEREAS, BUSINESS and SCHOOL DISTRICT (you can change the names later) are to participate in an educational endeavor where students of the Department enter a contest to name a menu item to be added to the menu of the BUSINESS, it is AGREED:1. The students shall file an entry for the name of the menu item and one will be chosen on merit.2. Participation in the contest does not allow students the right to claim any interest, legal claim, or intellectual property from their entry.3. Regardless of whatever entry is chosen by BUSINESS, that entry's verbiage, wording, and name for the menu item will be the sole property - intellectually and otherwise - of BUSINESS only.Then have the department sign it, and perhaps every student that enters.Finally, it is best to stay away from brand names and names of celebrities, and to keep the sandwich name generic.I hope this finds you well. Please click Reply to Expert to keep talking, or rate my answer when we are finished. Kindly rate my answer as one of the top three faces because this is how I get credit for my time with you. Otherwise, reply to chat more until we are finished and you are ready to rate. I work very hard to formulate an informative answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith. (You may always ask follow ups free after rating.)
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