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- A full service patent trademark copyright law firm. A virtual firm with a primary attorney, Mr. Burdick, and a variable number of associate attorneys with widely varying local, national and international expertise.
- University of Texas - Austin
- J.D. | Law
- Stevens Institute of Technology
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- Q. I am a divorced dad of 2 boys i only get them everyother weekend do i need a bed room for them
- A: There is not a set answer. Normally NO, unless the Judge has ordered you to have a bedroom for them. It is a question that depends on related facts, such as: age of the boys, what they are used to at their mother's place, what you are providing in lieu of a bedroom, how much privacy and security they have, whether they can sleep relatively undisturbed and in relative comfort where you are putting them, whether you will have a sexual partner in the same room, etc. For example, a sleeper sofa in a LR would normally be fine so long as the boys can actually sleep soundly there.
- Q. How can I protect a new recipe I have come up with for barbeque sauce? It is really good.
- A: I would agree with the prior answer. A trademark is what you need to use. The product will sell by name once it gets established. People don't really check in detail for what's in A-1, Maul's or Masterpiece, Sweet Baby Ray's or Bob's Country Sauce. They order it by name once they decide they like the flavor. I have had several sauce clients and never recommended a patent since, to have any chance of getting it through the patent office, it would have to be so narrowly drawn as to be super simple to avoid and thus serve only to describe in great deal the secret sauce recipe. That is, a patent is a bad deal for a BBQ sauce manufacturer, unless it relates to special non-obvious new equipment or manufacturing methods the use of which by others could easily be detected so that infringement could be discovered.
- Q. A book I wrote was pirated and published in Russia, selling 15,000 copies. Is there anything I can do?
- A: The prior answer refers to a Copyright Office brochure. The links at www.copyright.gov have changed. The circular on International Copyright is now at http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl100.pdf. The prior answer also says there is something you can do. The actual fact is that relative to infringement in Russia there is little you can do, unless the Russian publisher tries to sell in the US or elsewhere outside Russia or the number of copies is sufficiently large to make litigation economically viable. 15,000 copies will probably not be enough. While you can take advantage of a treaty called the Berne Convention of 1989 and the Universal Copyright Convention of 1955 which Russia joined after the fall of the former USSR, the country remains so riddled with corruption that copyright enforcement there is seldom cost effective except on huge items.
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