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Can I forbid the government from using my patented invention?

Can you prevent the government from using your patent? The opposite is actually true. If you patent something, and it is felt to be potentially of national security interest, then they can take your ...
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Can I forbid the government from using my patented invention?

You cannot deny the federal government the right to use your patent, but you can sue them for "recovery of [your] reasonable and entire compensation for such use and manufacture", see 28 USC 1498. ...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

License plates in Texas are governed by the Texas TRANSPORTATION CODE, TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, SUBTITLE A. CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES, CHAPTER 504 LICENSE PLATES Texas ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

There is no legal obligation of the police or any of its officers to reimburse you. It comes within a police powers exception to the 5th Amendment obligation to provide compensation for takings. ...
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Is the new Texas law on social media invalid on first amendment grounds?

most likely The government can't compel people to some sort of speech under the 1st amendment. Forcing a company to host people is compelled speech by the company. It is well established that the ...
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A sitting judge is claiming to represent a client against me. Should I file a bar complaint?

No, the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct permits County Judges to practice law except "in the court on which he or she serves or in any court subject to the appellate jurisdiction of the county court, ...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

Since this happened in Texas, we can refer to the Texas DMV: Vehicles are required to be titled in the buyer's name within 30 days from the date of sale. Failing to properly transfer a vehicle into ...
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Can a trans man get an abortion in Texas where a woman can't?

Ever changing ordinary definitions do not change what the law makers meant The cited piece of law dates back to 1989. At that time, it was virtually inconceivable that "woman" could ...
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I abandoned my bicycle in the parking of the apartment I was living (Houston, Texas), what will happen?

I gather that you either a) don't want the bike or b) are physically unable to retrieve it. You are acting like a spectator here. You ARE involved. By doing nothing, you are creating trouble for ...
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US laws of firing an employee

At Will Employment - In General An "at will" employee in the U.S. can be fired at any time for any reason without any prior notice or warning. Outside a union shop or a civil service ...
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Is self-defense mutually exclusive of murder?

The simple answer to the question you asked is that they are not mutually exclusive. Self-defense and “castle doctrine” are defenses. A person can be charged and tried for murder, and one or both of ...
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Is it legal for a company to enter an agreement not to hire employees from another company?

Among other stories via Google, some major companies lost a 2015 civil lawsuit brought by their employees: Apple, Google, others settle antipoaching lawsuit for $415 million - CNET Filed by former ...
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Would Georgie’s “Teddy Bear Casino” from Young Sheldon actually be legal?

Potentially -- this is almost exactly how Pachinko parlors in Japan operate, with non-cash prizes being given out, but with "known" nearby establishments (sometime located in the same ...
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Do judges really care about perjury?

Perjury is more than a lie It is a knowing deceit undertaken with the express purpose of misleading the court on a material issue. It isn’t misremembering, or contradicting oneself (or others), or ...
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Jury and Witness intimidation via Bible quotes

Witness intimidation? Unlikely. I do see nothing in the statement that would amount to jury tampering. He's not standing up and yelling that he'll have the jury and everyone they have dear mowed down ...
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Do the police need probable cause or a search warrant to search a rental car being driven by someone who didnt rent the vehicle?

In general, people have less expectation of privacy in cars than in their homes. To challenge a search and/or seizure under the Fourth Amendment, a person must have standing - the right to sue (that ...
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Can a trans man get an abortion in Texas where a woman can't?

If we were to interpret this law as allowing some people to get an abortion but not others, it would likely be unconstitutional, as it would violate equal protection. When given a choice between ...
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Extent to which a will is holographic

Any answer would be pure speculation. Joint wills that provide for the property of two separate people in one instrument simply aren't done (not truly never, but almost never). N.B. Sometimes the term ...
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Jury and Witness intimidation via Bible quotes

Where would the intimidation lie? To qualify as witness intimidation, you need to coerce someone to not cooperate with the prosecution. Given that all witnesses are required to take an oath to tell ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

I highly recommend having a quick chat with your auto insurance agent. The insurance company has seen almost every situation you can imagine - and many you couldn't - and tend to be experts in ...
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What kind of civil action is created by the Texas Heartbeat Act?

As the answer by Dale M correctly states, it is a statutory cause of action. To classify it further, it would be a strict-liability tort, I believe, as there need be no proof of damages, and there is ...
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Divorced mom pays mortgage. She wants to get title in her name

Short Answer Usually, a divorce decree doesn't leave former spouses as co-owners of the former marital residence, but sometimes this happens anyway. To oversimplify, if the divorce decree leaves a ...
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Is the new Texas law on social media invalid on first amendment grounds?

That will be determined later by the courts. You might think so, if Facebook etc. were strictly private platforms. Knight First Amdt. Inst. at Columbia Univ. v. Trump, 928 F. 3d 226 somewhat ...
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Should I get a PO box for a will / transfer on death deed?

The address given is assumed to be the one you had at the time. Even if that is not your current address upon your father's death, it still serves an important purpose: It allows you to be ...
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Looking up a Texas land title case from 1901

How may I go about getting this case? UPDATE: Glad to see that others have found the data. Best of luck! The Final Decree Is Probably Easy To Obtain The final decree is the case is probably recorded ...
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Personal Misconduct That May Result in a Lawyer's Censure or Disbarment

The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct govern the issue of the grounds upon which lawyers admitted to practice in Texas may receive professional discipline such as censures, suspension ...
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Expungement of Arrest and Court Records after Death

Sorry for your loss. It appears that this is generally possible. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Title I, Chapter 55, Article 55.011: Art. 55.011. RIGHT OF CLOSE RELATIVE TO SEEK EXPUNCTION ON ...
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I was fired for refusing to work with Typhoid, do I have any recourse?

Read the answers to your previous question. You should not have gone to work anyway. That would have been stupid and irresponsible. You would have endangered the public and would have been liable for ...
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Is self-defense mutually exclusive of murder?

A charge of murder means that the government are accusing someone of intentionally and unlawfully killing someone else. A charge is an accusation, not a conviction. A conviction is when you are found ...
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What is the average cost of attending law school?

This answer is limited to options in the United States. According to the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of over 197 law programs, the average cost of attending a private law school is $43,...
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