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My divorce case started in 2014, and finally we are about to
My divorce case started in 2014, and finally we are about to sign a settlement agreement. All conditions are OK with me except the following:6.4 Patents:(a) The parties shall jointly co-author and/or jointly own all rights to patents numbered7,593,834 and 8,041,545. Within sixty (60) days of the entry of this Judgment onReserved Issues, Petitioner shall take any and all steps necessary to add Respondent'sname to these patents and/or to transfer a 50% ownership and/or interest in each ofthese patents to Respondent. Petitioner shall provide to Respondent proof that suchtransfer has been implemented within 10 days of submitting documents and shall provideproof to Respondent of completion within 10 days of the completed transfer. Petitionerrepresents that he has never received any type of compensation or interest from thesepatents. Petitioner shall take all necessary steps to ensure that these patents remainregistered and active. Any and all compensation, monetary or otherwise, for the use,or ownership of these patents shall be shared equally between the parties. The Court'sjurisdiction over these patents is reserved.I am OK to make my ex-wife a co-owner to my patents. But she wants to become a co-author.Here is my question:I need to proof to the opposite counsel that it is impossible legally because it is against patent law and intellectual property law. I cannot include my ex-wife as a co-author to a patent which was awarded 10 years ago. It is funny, but the patents are related to Applied Mathematics, and my ex-wife has not graduated even a high-school.Please, explain me how this attempt brakes a law, and which law will be infringed in this case.~Vladimir
I am the owner of a virtual consignment store. I sell mostly
I am the owner of a virtual consignment store. I sell mostly antiques, clothing, and collectibles on ebay. I get some clients through an ebay selling service. I pay for the leads that i get. I got a lead for a wholesaler and his product that his family no longer sold. I took the product and eventually sold it for a song to TJX/HomeGoods Inc. I had never worked with such a large volume of product (1116 handcrafted wall art tiles Made In China).A licensing agent for a California artist was shopping in a HomeGoods in Florida and found one of the tiles for sale. The tile happened to be a reproduction/copy of the artist's painting. She contacted HomeGoods, and HomeGoods lawyers contacted me.I being told that I am now held responsible since I sold the tiles to HomeGoods, even though the product was not brought into the country by me. I am the middle man, and not the original seller.I have a contract with my client, and the contract states that I should not be held liable.
If someone has a trademark they do not use in commerce & the
HiJA: Hello. What seems to be the problem?Customer: If someone has a trademark they do not use in commerce & the goods/services don't match what you will use it for. Is the infringing ?JA: Intellectual property law can be complex. Fortunately, the attorneys we work with can answer any questions you have about trademarks, and I'd like to match you with the person who's the best fit.Customer: OkJA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: On the specific trademark?JA: Is there anything else important you think the IP Attorney should know?Customer: What I've already mentioned & now I own the domain of the trademark wordJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the IP Attorney about your situation and then connect you two.
I'm a genealogist and use old photos all the time. The
I'm a genealogist and use old photos all the time. The question came up with regard to old HS annuals. Who holds the copyright to the individual student photos therein? Specifically, from a 1946 annual. My thinking is this: this was created between 1923 and 1978; there is no copyright notice in the annual or on individual photos; I'm thinking these are in the public domain, but not being a copyright lawyer, I'm not sure of anything. I use the checklist published by Cornell University to try to navigate through this, but it's all such a headache. Also, I was looking at Legal Zoom, and was reminded about publicity rights of individuals and getting permissions to publish. Well, all four people in the photos are dead, so I'm thinking their rights to privacy are done also.JA: Intellectual property law can be complex. Fortunately, the attorneys we work with can answer any questions you have about copyrights, and I'd like to match you with the person who's the best fit. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: No, but I'm an old lady on a fixed income, so not consulting one on anything other than my house burning down. I guess I'll just keep reading, ha ha.JA: Is there anything else the IP Attorney should be aware of?Customer: This is all in regard to posting old photos on Facebook, and on genealogy websites such as Find-a-Grave and Ancestry. These questions come up all the time and we can only take our best guesses. One of your attorneys needs to write a short, concise handbook dealing with these questions--not every possible scenario, but just the common issues faced by people such as I've outlined. We want to do our best to comply, we don't want to step on toes, but at the same time, these old photos are often the best way tell our stories.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the IP Attorney about your situation and then connect you two.
Looking in dealing with a subpoena
Looking for help in dealing with a subpoena for downloading a movieJA: The IP Attorney will need to help you with this. Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: I just received it yesterday night by fedex had no time offices were closed.JA: Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: What kind information do you needJA: Is there anything else important you think the IP Attorney should know?Customer: No not really that i just received a subpoena from my internet provider requesting information on meJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the IP Attorney about your situation and then connect you two.
Gerald, a client is promoting a seminar I will be hosting.
Hi Gerald, a client is promoting a seminar I will be hosting. I want to make sure the way they are Marketing it is legal. I am a 20 year Disney Veteran. They want to promote the training as: "Disney Style Training" and "Will share time tested strategies"... A friend suggested changing title to "Experience the Magic" - I believe this is a former tagline Disney use to use, not sure. Are any of these messages in quotes considered copy written or illegal to use? I am no longer with Disney but have a huge respect for their Brand. Thanks
My dad tried patenting an idea about 15 years on something and had it
My dad tried patenting an idea about 15 years on something and had it built, when someone came and snapped a picture which led to them steeling his idea. They now sell this product for $1200 each and are now everywhere. This was a million dollar idea, and since he has records to prove that he tried patenting the idea before it was actually patented, couldn't he win this case in court. When he tried patenting the idea, he needed six hundred dollars to patent it but didn't have it. I'm irritated by this because my father engineered this and someone else stole the idea, which they now get recognition for and not him.
My sons' deceased father was a writer of a series of songs
My sons' deceased father was a writer of a series of songs that were copywritten by the band's drummer a decade ago. He did not include my son's father on the copyright. Now a decade later he has activated the sale of this music and is telling me the copyright office says he cannot add my son's father to the copyright. How do I get this resolved. My son's father's name, reputation and image are being used to promote the product.
I have an active and registered US trademark business.View more intellectual property law questions
I have an active and registered US trademark for my business. We wish to represent our brand on facebook, unfortunately the username of our product has been falsely claimed. How can we claim our mark from facebook legally?