Intellectual Property Legal Questions and Answers

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When Does a Product Patent Expire?

After 17 years, can the product patented be copied by others without being sued for infringement ?

04/19/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Texas   |   #24679

Can a Company Sell a Movie Owned By Another Company?

One of the advertisers on your site is DH Gate from China. Is it legal to buy merchandise from China? Many people say that Chinese merchandise is a knockoff or pirated copy. For example, there are companies on DH Gate offering wholesale lots of Disney movies. Are any of these companies licensed to make Disney movies (DVDs), and what if they are unlicensed and just making a...

04/17/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Pennsylvania   |   #24658

How Can I Defend a Claim of Copyright Infringement?

Hello. I have a friend who is a supervisor for a company that makes computer games for a Christian bookstore (Let___s call it Company C). This morning, he was served with a lawsuit from another company ( let___s just call it company N), who says that the game Company C has just put on the market (game X) is only a knock-off version of one of Company N___s most popular games/boo...

04/12/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Virginia   |   #24627

Can I Change the Illustrations in a Book Translation I Am Publishing?

Question 1: If one gets permission from the copyright owner of a book to republish that book in another language, and faces the challenge of not being able to secure affordable rights to publish the pictures/illustrations found in the book from the same sources as indicated in the original book, can that person use similar pictures from the public domain or other sources that i...

04/12/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: New Jersey   |   #24623

Can a Widow Receive Royalites if He Remarries?

My sisters widower (of 8 years) is still receiving 50% of royalties from Sony Music and Capitol/EMI. He has completely estranged himself from our family and has remarried. Is he still entitaled to this money???

02/17/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Georgia   |   #24240

How Do I Protect My Idea from Being Stolen?

I have a revolutionary idea, but I am concerned on how to protect myself from 'intellectual propery theft', even in disclosing my idea to an attorney, how do I protect myself ie disclosure forms?

02/15/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Utah   |   #24225

How Do I Protect Intellectual Property Rights When Married in a Community Property State?

How do I protect some intellectual property (books still not published but written prior to my marriage) now that I am married and live in a community property state and I am getting ready to publish them.(no prenuptial was signed.)

01/17/2011   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Texas   |   #24024

Wjhat is the First Step to Protect an Idea or Invention I Have?

My son has an idea for a game. What should be his first step to protect his idea?

11/23/2010   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Pennsylvania   |   #23696

How Do I Create an Agreement to Transfer Technology in Exchange for Royalites?

Some friends have a product that they developed, but were never able to get into production. The patents have expired. But I believe that with some changes there is an excellent future market and that new patents are obtainable.They have the geometry and a great deal of useful knowledge.I would like to put together a Technology Transfer and Royalty Agreement wherein I could p...

07/07/2010   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: Alaska   |   #22609

What Forms Are used to Create a Patent?

I have some items that I have invented and would like to have them patented before I expose them to the public. Which form would I need to have filled out in order to have my items patented. There are so many patent forms listed.

05/02/2010   |   Category: Intellectual Prope...   |   State: South Carolina   |   #21981
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