If someone creates a logo of 100% mirrored logo (180 degress) or upside down version (180 degrees) of an existing trademark, is it illegal? is that infringing any copyright or trademark laws? or that new logo cannot be protected by copyright law or any trademark law? I want to know this just for educational purposes.

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    Trademark or not.. it would be copyright infringement.
    – Scott
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 4:01

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If it is likely to be confused with the original trade mark it is infringing if it is used to promote trade. A flipped logo? Definitely likely to be confused.

  • Oh my goodness! You changed your... your... picture! I don't know what to to think of you now!
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 2:08

In the U.S. the purpose of trademarks is to avoid confusion. You can use another's trademark as long as you are not doing so in a manner that will confuse. You can use someone else's trademark to refer to their product as long as you do not do so in a manner that is confusing (e.g., falsely suggesting an endorsement of your product).

The question you need to ask is whether you are doing something that would cause confusion?

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