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I can understand getting sued for starting a train company called Greyhound, but I want to the alter ego of one of my characters to be Greyhound – a reference to the quickness of the canine. However, there is a bus carrier chain that has a similar name called Greyhound Lines Inc. Will I be sued by the bus company or do companies have a nominal monopoly on animals?

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The intellectual property right held by the Greyhound bus company in the name "Greyhound" falls under , not .

If you don't infringe the trademark, you probably won't be sued for infringing it.

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    And, not to put too fine a point on it, the scenario in the OP does not constitute trademark infringement.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 17:44

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