Aircraft Mechanic's Liens In Written by Greg Reigel
Aircraft Mechanic Liens In Minnesota
By Gregory J. Reigel
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If you provide storage, repair, maintenance or other services to aircraft, you have ability to assert a lien on that aircraft and retain possession until you have been paid. This is commonly referred to as a mechanic’s lien.
What isn’t as commonly known is that, in Minnesota, you don’t necessarily lose your lien rights if you no longer have possession of aircraft. The situation arises when an owner pays you with a check and leaves with aircraft. Later, bank dishonors check. Now what?
Under Minnesota Statute § 514.221, you can re-assert your mechanic’s lien against an aircraft by filing a verified statement and description of aircraft and work done or material furnished. The Statement must be filed with “appropriate office under Uniform Commercial Code.” This would be FAA’s Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City, OK.
The verified statement must include N-number, make and model of aircraft, amount owed for services and date of last work. The statement must be signed in ink, with title if on behalf of a corporation or limited liability company and must be accompanied by $5.00 filing fee.
Intellectual Property LawWritten by Joe Regan
Intellectual Property Law can be quite confusing at times. Copyrights, trademarks and patents all have a role in protecting your hard earned content and knowing their role is half battle.
Intellectual property in itself refers to creations of mind, including such things as: artistic works, literary works, inventions, names, images, symbols, and designs used in commerce. In other words, intellect that is possession of an organization or an individual is considered intellectual property.
Intellectual property is divided into two categories, copyrights and industrial property.
Copyrights give authors of an exclusive work, exclusive rights to that work for a limited amount of time. Copyrights cover such literary and artistic works as novels, poems, plays, films, songs and other musical works, artistic works (drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs) and architectural designs. Copyrights, which must be renewed periodically, allow creators of a piece of work, opportunity to benefit from that piece of work.
Industrial property includes patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographic indications of source.
Patents give inventors of a new product, a certain (limited) amount of time in which he/she may prevent others from making, selling or using invention without authorization.