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Legal names. For companies and products consider also the "trademark" tag.

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Can I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", or would I get sued by Disney?

Obviously, Darth comes from Star Wars, which is currently owned by Disney. Misogynus is an expression of my ideological beliefs. If I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", will I get ...
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What consequences could there be for Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;-- when he grows up?

I think it's obvious that Little Bobby Tables's mom has broken the law. Let's assume this is his legal name and does not break any naming laws; it's still probably illegal, because she obviously gave ...
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Can my music player app have the same name as a musician band? It's common words

Can my music player app have the same name as a musician band? It's common words. For example, let's say there is a group called "Black Stones" (this is not the name, just an example). And I ...
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Can I use words like "Laboratory" or "Pharmacy" in my website or company name?

Is it illegal to use "pharmacy" or "laboratory" words in the name of an LLC or website that is not related to a real pharmacy or laboratory? i.e. using "healthlaboratory.com&...
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usage of the same applicationname

we are currently developing a mobile-App for Android and IOS and we would like to use a name for this application, that already exists: "YouTrack". BUT of course our application has nothing ...
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Sign a name with ASCII characters or in my native language?

I submitted some patches for GNU software, and its maintainers accepted them. They want me to assign the copyright to the FSF, so they sent me a legal document. Here is the text at the end of that ...
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Can one elect one's style/title of address in judicial proceedings?

If one wishes to be referred to as "Dr. Franklin," "Lord Jones" or "Lady Smith" (or Sir, or Dame) but does not actually possess the title, will judges use these titles in ...
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Is your child's name subject to copyright/trademark law?

If I name my son "Nintendo", and my son goes on to make headlines doing bad things, I can imagine the company named "Nintendo" wouldn't be too happy. Similarly if I named my kid &...
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What does it mean that one may go by whatever name they like by English law?

It seems to be a long-standing and fairly fundamental perception in English law that people may assume or use any name they so like. I’ve seen this discussed in House of Lords decisions, possibly also ...
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Can I use the last name of a book author for my project

Suppose that a person has written a computer program that s/he wants to publish on GitHub using as its name the last name of a professor who wrote a book on a topic related to the computer program. My ...
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Can someone's legal name be all lowercase?

Can a person's legal name be all lowercase or all capital letters or some strange mix, or are there restrictions about it? Or maybe capitalization is not even part of the name, it is just a part of ...
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Change name and gender in Switzerland as a non-Swiss citizen

So I live in Switzerland, but have British and Italian dual citizenship. I want to change my name and gender legally everywhere or at the very least on official documents here in Switzerland. I may be ...
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Am I allowed to use the word "meta" in the name of my product or startup?

I am programming an app and want to call it "metaApp". Am I getting sued soon by Meta a.k.a. Facebook? Or is the word "meta" a commonly used word and ok? (In the case of Apple, it ...
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Can a real life person be named after a fictional character?

Can a person from real life have its legal name identical of that of a fictional character? E.g if a newly born person is named "Sorla Khan" or "Mogul Khan" (names from the Dota ...
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Can I legally include a line break in my child's name?

Ethics aside, is it legal (or even possible) to include a line break (newline) in my child's name? Preferably at the end of the child's first name, directly after the last letter. So instead of (for ...
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Is it possible to change your name while applying for a Green Card in the US?

Is it possible to get a Green Card with a different name of your current name? Or change it as soon as getting the Green Card? I am on F-1 student visa in the US and want to apply for an EB-2/NIW/...
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Sole Proprietorship and Dormant Limited Company in UK

I am currently operating as a Sole proprietor, while at the same time 'reserving' the name for a possible future Limited company. For the latter I have declared that name as being 'Dormant', in other ...
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Inheritance after name change

Alice creates a will that names her child, Bob, as a beneficiary. Some time later, Bob legally changes their name to Bernice. Assuming the will is not updated, will Bernice still inherit their share ...
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Validity of unregistered British deed polls to other Anglophonic countries?

Validity of unregistered British deed polls to other Anglophonic countries? In Britain, instead of court orders, a system of self-executed deed polls is used. I was told that these are acceptable to ...
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Can a foreign name change document be accepted by US government institutions?

Suppose Alice Jones nee Smith got married in Turkey, and she is issued a Turkish marriage certificate which certifies her new married name, and then she moves to the US and applies for a driver ...
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Register trademark for app name when one already exists on the app store

I've spent a lot of time creating an mobile app for iOS and Android. Let's say for arguments sake the app is called "Travelr". I'm based in the UK and I initially checked the UK trademark ...
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Practical aspects of changing your name in a common law jurisdiction

Common law jurisdictions, in stark contrast to civil law jurisdictions, are considerably liberal in their procedures for allowing a name change. In some cases, for example in Ireland: no formality ...
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Deed poll name changes alter egos

If deed polls are a legal way to change your name in the UK, then what will prevent deed polls from being used to legally create alter egos for yourself, and you to enter into contracts with one of ...
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Is it legal to not have a surname in Wisconsin?

Is it legal to not have a surname in Wisconsin? Note that I am not American and have no clue where to start looking for the answer. I met someone who claims she doesn't have a surname (her parents and ...
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Would naming a bill payment app "Bill Nigh" be considered unlawful use of someone's name or likeness?

I thought "Bill Nigh" would be a punny name for a bill payment/management app. Would such a name be considered unlawful use of someone's name or likeness? Not thinking of anyone specifically....
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Can I choose how to pronounce my own name?

This is more a thought experiment than anything else... Let's say my name is 'Alan Temaficoni', and, as a joke, I decide to pronounce 'Alan' as 'Professor', making my name sound like 'Professor ...
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Am I violating IP if I name my mobile app the same as an existing one?

I am just starting development on a new gym app and have a name that I really want to use for it, however, upon searching the app stores (Apple App Store & Google Play) I have found an existing ...
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What name should I use?

Apologies if this question is not fit for this website. I thought it was the best one to put it. I come from a country (Brazil) where the naming custom is: Given name + Mother's maiden name + Father's ...
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Is or was it a law that people (or females only?) who get divorced have to "keep" their last names which keep on "building up"?

I have many times heard jokes related to females who have "long" names, such as "Marianne Doe Smith Swensson O'Reilly And More Last Names Go Here", suggesting that they have been ...
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Child naming in India - is it regulated

My question has two parts regarding with the - Regulation of First and/or Middle name Regulation of Last name First question might not be tricky but for second question there could be some ...
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Does a dual citizen who changes their name in one country have an obligation to change it in the other?

I am asking specifically with regard to the USA and Australia, although I am interested in more general answers also. As per the title, I am wondering if someone immigrates (in this case to the US) ...
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Can a name from an inactive Github project be reused?

I have a personal project started in 2018, which essentially aims at running Arduino code on an FPGA and is posted on Github. Being not very imaginative while picking a name, I just added the "...
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Can I have my soon to be born child's last name as something different than either parent?

My fiance is just starting the process to get his last name legally changed before our daughter is born. I will be getting mine done after we are married. She will be due very soon on September 15th, ...
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Can I use the name of an out-of-business company for my project?

There was a business with a name I want to use for my business but it is out-of-business. Do I have the right to use a name of an out-of-business company? I am in Israel but my business is ...
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Has anybody else taken legal action against California's "only 26 letters in names" rule?

This is inspired by another question: Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California? The accepted answer quotes the a handbook from California Department of Public Health, Vital Records, p. 112: ...
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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?

Elon Musk and his partner want to name their child X Æ A-12. Is that name allowed in California, US?
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can two different brands have the same name and similar products in two different countries?

I have the perfect name for a new clothing brand. But, i found that another clothing brand in a completely different country has the same name as mine. What should i do?
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Advertising my business as "Best XXXX Alternative"?

I have a website on which I want to use the main keyword as "Best XXXX Alternative" wherein XXXX is the predominant competitor in my niche. As XXXX is searched a lot, I can build my SEO campaign and ...
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Issues with Changing Legal First Name

Are there any legal problems that could arise in changing my legal first name that I may not consider? For example, I'm a US citizen and how difficult would it be to get my passport and social ...
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Are there states that don't require having a family name?

I know this session might seem absurd. I don't like the family name appearing in my passport and will likely change it in a bureaucratic procedure in an interior ministry affiliated consulate (...
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Could someone lacking a name be put on trial?

A man washes up on the shore in the middle of the night. He staggers into the nearest town, where he bumps into a woman walking home on her own - and, after a brief, confused altercation - he ...
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My child's name is "Robert'); drop table *;--" Am I in trouble?

(Source: https://xkcd.com/327/) So with the upcoming birth of my first child, I suggested the name "Robert'); drop table *;--". While I was quickly told that wasn't going to happen, I have to wonder ...
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Are there [forensic] organizations that contract out expert witnesses and if so, what are they called?

So to try and put my question into context, I'm thinking about writing a fan-fiction spin-off to a TV series that is in part a legal drama, but I also want it to have a scientific investigative ...
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Can I use a pen name that is a trademark?

I am about to publish my first novel under a pen name. This is not the name, but I will use the example of Monique Jay-Wood. I have done a trademark search and "Jay Wood" is trademarked. Is it better ...
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Use of historic characters [duplicate]

I am a screenwriter who has been approached by an actor with an idea for a script. The story is based on literary criticism articles which posit that Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne had a "...
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Naming a game studio similar to an existing game

A friend and I are planning to start a game studio together. We planned to name it “Delta-v Games”. However, while looking into the name we noticed a game with the name “Delta-v” released in 1994 by ...
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Leagalities of recreating a website design but not using publically

I am wanting to try and "copy" a website design, for an example let's use facebook. What I am going to do is simply try to recreate the page layout completely from scratch. The only resources I will ...
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Can a child have a different last name from both their father and mother?

In the US, you can change your last name as you could with your first name. So imagine as a father, you changed your last name from the one your family gives to you. Can you choose your child to use ...
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What can I not call my store?

I want a name that creates a reaction from the public. At the beach they have a seafood place called Dirty Dicks. When I left the beach that name stuck with me. How far can I go to having a profane ...
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Would it be legal to have an infinitely long middle name?

In the United States, would it be legal to have an infinitely long middle name? It appears that it would not be a problem, since most of the time people only use the first letter of the middle name. ...
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