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If I have an agreement to use a trademark to sell services

if I have an agreement to use a trademark to sell services (enter into a trademark use agreement) and lets say for the purpose of this question the FEE/Compensation paid to the Trademark Owner is 20%. Does that 20% payment get classified under "Wages" or something else? Undergoing a workers comp. audit and they want to categorize the money paid as wages

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I own the Copy Rights to the *********************. But I

I own the Copy Rights to the *********************. But I was told I couldn't have a Trade Mark of ownership so I can work them . Now I received a magazine in the mail that has Shape as a tittle . an the Heart belongs to another person as will. So my question Why was I denied the right to patent back in 2014 for my Sketchy Hearts,witch is a two in one heart meaning it a plain heart -w- designs attached .an my Granite Shape Heart -w- designs, an my Veteran French Creek Heart -w- designs , witch the public have been taking pieces from each one an making other hearts with semul'er products . I started this project back in 92 going into 93 after I lost my daughter. I just don't think it fair I the founder of these Granite Hearts but am being told i can't claim them under a Trade Mark because a Trade Mark is different than a Copy Right. thank you Sandra ********** can reach me at *************

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Assuming the defendant's act is "willful" by altering 3

Assuming the defendant's act is "willful" by altering 3 pages of the copyright notice, author and other identifying information and making 100 copies of the instructional book/ authors images that is part of Plaintiff's proprietary pet grooming instructional program she licenses to schools under her companies federally registered trademarked name and being the title of book defendant sold to student's who purchased book as part of a tool kit to attend pet grooming class sold to them using Plaintiffs trademark and website content even after defendant was notified to stop, the prior being factual, if statutory damages are sought in a Texas federal court will award for copyright be, a. 1 damage award up to $150,000 no matter how many books were sold or copied? B. Any separate fine for CMI removal? B. Any fine for damaging author? C. Can Plaintiff seek damage award of defendants profits from trademark infringement?I know this is alot and don't expect a document to file with court, could you tell me if statutory damages where sought in a case like this the award will usually somewhere south of $150,000?

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I purchased a start-up eCommerce website/domain that sells

I purchased a start-up eCommerce website/domain that sells women's fashion, for purpose of this question I will call it "pinkplush". I later found out that there is an existing online women's clothing store called "inkplush". So our domain and brand name are only one letter off eachother. If you missed one letter in our domain name, you would be directed to their store instead. Although we both sell women's fashion, we do NOT have similar products and we do NOT have similar websites.On their website they have listed as LLC. But they have not trademarked their brand name. I am wondering if this could potentially place me at risk for "copyright infringement" or "confusing similarity"?

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I'm trying to make a shelf out of that looks like

I'm trying to make a shelf for kids out of wood that looks like puzzle. Problem is Company called KidKraft has something really similar to my design and I found some Copyright but I don't see anything that's shows what is it protecting.Here is the Copyright info:Type of Work: Visual MaterialRegistration Number / Date: VA0001841256 / 2012-10-10Application Title: Puzzle Bookshelf & Packaging #14400.Title: Puzzle Bookshelf & Packaging #14400.Description: Electronic file (eService)Copyright Claimant: KidKraft, LP. Address:***** Dallas, TX, 75244, United States.Date of Creation: 2001Date of Publication: 2001-10-01Nation of First Publication: United StatesAuthorship on Application: KidKraft, LP, employer for hire; Citizenship: United States. Authorship: photograph(s), 2-D artwork, sculpture.Rights and Permissions: Gretchen Van Tassel, KidKraft, LP,***** Dallas, TX, 75244, United States,(###) ###-####***@******.***Names: KidKraft, LPCan I still make it ?Here is link to their website. My product is almost similar, with different shape of the puzzle different wood and construction.https://www.kidkraft.com/puzzle-book-shelf-primary-14400.htmlAny suggestions?Thank youMike

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There is a group that most people have heard of, called The

There is a group that most people have heard of, called The Nature Conservancy. Can a like-minded group use a name like Union Lake Nature Conservancy, as an example, or would any group be precluded from using the phrase 'nature conservancy' in their name?

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Thomas Swartz

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I plan on registering a trademark soon and I have some

Hi, I plan on registering a trademark soon and I have some questions because there is another company with the same name with a trademark registered. Here's the link to their trademark: https://trademarks.justia.com/858/86/ai-athlete-inspired-85886726.htmlAs you will see they are mainly jewelry but they also listed clothing and hats in a sub category which is what I plan on registering under.My questions are: Since my logo has a Y shaped symbol standing on the words Athlete Inspired, will I still be able to register it? Or am I better off just trademarking my symbol without adding the words Athlete Inspired?

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When do you need to worry about licensing or trademarks? if

When do you need to worry about licensing or trademarks? For example if you use a product name in advertising like "Outfits that are Pinterest worthy" on a billboard do you have to get permission from Pinterest

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How do I go about trademarking my company and securing my

How do I go about trademarking my company and securing my domain name?

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