I am the CEO of Shelby County Federal Credit Union in
I am the CEO of Shelby County Federal Credit Union in Memphis, TN. We have a website and on that website we offer our members access to our Internet (on-line) banking module that we call My Teller. I was recently contacted by a bank in Memphis that is rolling out a new teller module whereby they don't have live tellers but kiosk with video tellers or something like that and they want to call them My Teller and copyright the name. They did research and we are the only one they found using the name. We have not copyrighted the name. Legally, what are the pros and cons to their request? If they copyright the name does that mean we can't us it?Thank you,Lin Winkler
I am writing my biography. It will only be distributed to my
I am writing my biography. It will only be distributed to my immediate relatives. It wont be for sale and will most probably self published. Do I need to change the names of businesses (such as AT&T), people, places, etc. just like it is recommended for other "for sale"books?Will I need to write a disclaimer that the book is exclusively for such & such person when I give it to them. Or mention that the book is confidential.
I am starting a business plan writing and small business
I am starting a business plan writing and small business consulting company. A similar business has a trademark with the same name, but ".IO" after the name. There are also 2 other trademarks with an identical name, but providing different service. Should I bother submitting for a trademark or will it be rejected and I need to find an alternate business name?i.e.;XYZ - My businessXYZ.IO - business management consultingXYZ - Legal adviceXYZ - Computer advice
I run a blog about people who love vintage clothes. I
Hi, I run a blog about people who love vintage clothes. I photograph them and write about them. About 2,5 years ago I posted a tribute to Josephine Baker. I collected images on-line of her style and fashions and put them in a collage. Two weeks ago I got a cease and desist letter from an attorney in germany because his client was the photographer of one of the images and I had not given him photo credit. I immediately took down the photo and apologized. The letter also stated that I owed €5000 in damages. My question is: what is my legal obligation? I do not have €5000. I do not have $100. I did not use the photo for commercial purposes, nor for personal gain. It was posted on-line at about 2 inches big. I have been communicating with the lawyer and they're willing to lower the damages, but I don't feel like I should pay anything if I didn't sell or promote the photo. I took it down, and am signed the letter, without the paragraph about paying. What should I do?JA: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?Customer: I am in CaliforniaJA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no
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What do I need to keep in mind when mentioning competitors'
What do I need to keep in mind when mentioning competitors' product names?For example:My competitor is "Mobile Optin"I set up a web site with the domain "MobileOptinAlternative.com" and put an article on there describing the difference in features, price, etc., mentioning the name of his product multiple times.Is any part of that illegal and what are some things to keep in mind?
We received a cease and desist letter for our company name
We received a cease and desist letter for our company name and domain name. The other company has filed and received recently a federal trademark. We do not have a federal trademark and not sure geographical region applies. I am trying to figure out next steps in terms of response and if we should even fight it based on costs.
I filed a trademark application for the Alpha Olympia
I filed a trademark application for the mark Alpha Olympia through the USPTO and it is currently set to publish for opposition on November 1st. I was contacted by the United States Olympic Committee with a request to remove my application. They are willing to settle by not contesting my use of Alpha Olympia together for commercial use, but I have to remove the application for the trademark.My question is, if contested for opposition will Alpha Olympia stand as a valid trademark to register and what is your advice in regards ***** ***** settlement option? Based on my research I am familiar with the Ted Stevens Act and the special trademark privileges owned by the United States Olympics Committee.
I have a question about fictional town names that I want to
Hello,I have a question about fictional town names that I want to use in original designs I am making for t-shirts that are going to be sold.I have been looking into copyright laws, trademark laws, and whatever else I could find on line. I know this does not make it legal, but I have seen a ton of other small t-shirt clothing stores selling things exactly like this.More about the town names. In the movie Back To The Future there is a fictional town called "Hill Valley" and in the tv series Stranger Things there is a fictional town called "Hawkins."I want to use them in my original designs I create. I am not going to be referencing the movie or show at all in anyway (font, characters, events, etc.) except for use of the fictional town name. Example say I use Hill Valley. I want to make a shirt that says "Hill Valley Race Club" or "Hill Valley Boat Club" or something a long those lines with my original design of a race car or boat. In the movie there is no Race Club or Boat Club. I made them up a long with my original designs. Like is said before they are never mentioned in the movie, they do NOT exist at all in the movie. All I want to do is use the fictional town name to go with my design.Would it be ok to use the fictional name in the way I stated above?Thank you.