Andrew Zulieve Esq

Andrew Zulieve Esq

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  • Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Business Law...
  • Maine, Maine
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Andrew (Andy) Zulieve has more than twenty five years of experience and is highly regarded and well known as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law. Andrew takes a proactive approach when it comes to protecting valuable Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Copyrights for his clients in the most thoughtful and effective way. When litigation is necessary, he applies the same powerful and well thought out methods to form his winning strategies. This creative approach has served him well by obtaining for his clients the best possible outcome for various legal matters. Over the years and in order to best serve his clients, his practice has organically evolved to include areas of law that naturally complement his intellectual property services. These areas include business formation, contract negotiations, construction law and real estate law. Further to the best interests of his clients, he has developed a well rounded legal referral system in the event that a client needs counseling outside of Andrew's particular areas of expertise. Andy grew up in the Washington D.C, area, is a 1978 graduate of Miami university and received his J.D. from the Antioch Law School in Washington D.C. During law school, he was a law clerk for Finnegan Henderson, one of the world’s largest intellectual property firms headquartered in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at the United States Trademark Office he successfully argued cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Today, from his office in mid -coastal Maine, Andy, serves clients both nationally and internationally and represents clients before both Maine state and federal courts. Known by his clients and peers as "the most polite lawyer" Andy works tirelessly to develop creative approaches that best serve the interests of each client. As one of the few Trademark Lawyers in the area, he regularly presents lectures and seminars, writes articles and columns on copyright infringement and federal trademark practice.

Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Divorce
  • Municipal Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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Maine
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1st Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
President
Lincoln County Bar Association
- Current
Education
District of Columbia, Univ. of (Antioch)
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Professional Associations
Maine State Bar # 007004
Member
Current
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Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law Divisions of the Maine Bar Association
Member
Current
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Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law Divisions of the Maine Bar Association
Member
Current
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Lincoln County Bar Association
President
- Current
Activities: Brown Bag Lunches with area Judges, Trip to U of Maine Law School to speak to recent graduates about practicing in L.C. Maine
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Zulieve Law
Legal Answers
50 Questions Answered

Q. What more can I do with this Patent? Everyone is so impressed with this idea and really believes in it.
A: You might also consider approaching beverage manufacturers, although I would be cautious about that and obtain the advice and assistance of an intellectual property attorney before doing so.
Q. I wrote a story and a radio station wants to play it on the radio. Should I sign the release form giving them copyright?
A: I would have the release carefully reviewed by a copyright attorney. Depending on the language in the release, it is possible that you are assigning (giving up for all time) at least one and maybe all of your bundle of exclusive copyright interests. Since it appears that you do not want to do that, you might consider giving your director friend a non-exclusive license which, when terminated, would automatically terminate any copyright licensed by that agreement. Good luck with your efforts to have the work published.
Q. Can i use Bonnie and Clyde as a part of my branding outside of gaming industry if a trademark is not mine?
A: It depends on the service or product on in in connection with which you intend to use this trademark. There are several active U.S. registrations for the BONNIE AND CLYDE mark and there may be others not registered but in actual use in commerce in the U.S. (so-called "common law" marks). I strongly suggest that you hire an experienced trademark attorney to perform a full availability search and legal opinion before you move forward.
Q. Is it allowed to use logos of automotive companies in the commercial video? The video shows the progress of the industry
A: Although such use may not amount to a trademark (or perhaps copyright) infringement, my suggestion is to contact each company and obtain their written authorizations to use their respective logos.
Q. I designed an education program while working for a company who uses it to train clients. No terms in place, is it mine?
A: Under the facts that you describe, and absent any written provisions to the contrary, I would say that your work is a "work made fore hire" within the scope of your employment. If so, your employer owns the copyright to this work.
Q. If I own the trademark to a phrase that includes a slang/abbreviated word, do I have to register the full word too.
A: In the U.S., registration of a term or phrase is not required to establish rights if the term or phrase is already in use in commerce as a trademark to identify your company as the source of its products and/or services. Registration (federal or state) does provide some certain substantive benefits. "Luv" and"Love" are phonetic equivalents and do not appear to be sufficiently distinctive to create two separate trademarks.
Q. If a trademark saying was active but has now been abandoned, can I step in and take over with a similar trademark?
A: If the trademark was registered with the U.S. Trademark Office, but the status of the registration is listed as abandoned, that does not necessarily mean that the trademark is no longer in use in commerce and abandoned within that context. It may still be in use in commerce and protected under common law principles. Determining if a trademark is actually abandoned is fact-driven and can be complex and complicated. Accordingly, you should have an experienced trademark attorney explore fully explore the issue and provide you with an opinion of abandonment.
Q. Hi what form do I fill out when I have been evicted and the landlord is selling my property and claiming it as his own?
A: Typically, a landlord must make your property available for you to pick up. You should discuss this with an attorney in your locale that handles landlord/tenant matters.
Q. How do I deal with a Trademark infringement accusation ?
A: Go onto the U.S. Trademark Office website and access the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). Enter the search term "HARRY POTTER" in the basic word search option. This search will yield 52 live "Harry Potter" trademark registrations and three pending "Harry Potter" trademark applications to register these marks. I am quite certain that the HARRY POTTER marks would be considered famous and given a very wide swath of protection against unauthorized uses. Moreover, Warner Brothers has considerable resources to litigate the issue, if necessary. I suggest that you steer clear of any further use of HARRY POTTER in commerce.
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689 Friendship Rd.
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