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

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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 *;--" Is he 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 has different last name from both their father and mother?

So in 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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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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Marriage certificate only shows maiden name

Before my husband and I got married, we filed for a marriage license at the court house, and it specifically had a line item for "name after marriage", in which I took my husband's last name. However, ...
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Non disparagement agreement with one company name I posted under another company name on LInkedIn

I signed a non-disparagement agreement that says the two parties are "Employee" (my name here) and "Company" (Company Old Name Here). The company changed names and I posted something on the LinkedIn ...
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What trademark "goods/services" category is a medical device design and manufacturing company?

If my company offers an array of medical devices (and related software), do I trademark it as an 010 (based on it's flagship product) or do I trademark as an 044 (a medical service -- producing and ...
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Using two last names after marriage to reduce document updates

If after marriage, I take both my and my spouses last names, would I need to update documents such as my passport and driver's license? For example, John Apple ==> John Apple Pear Jane Pear ==&...
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Changing My Full Name in Cyprus

I’m planning to change my full name as soon as I can. So can someone walk me through the whole procedure? I’m located in Cyprus.
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Can the subsidiaries of a holding company each operate under the same dba name?

Holding company X has subsidiaries A, B, and C Can A, B, and C each file a DBA to operate as the same name ie ACME? How would this be different than Holding company X creating a trademark ACME and ...
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What is the penalty in Hungary for giving a child the wrong surname?

When a marriage is registered in Hungary, and both spouses opt to keep their unmarried surnames, the spouses must make a declaration as to which surname will be given to any future children. This ...
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Are DBA / "trading as" names always different than legal names?

In many jurisdictions, any "trading as", DBA ("doing business as") or similar "ficitonal" or "pseudonymous" names of a company or other legal entity have to be registered. The assumption e.g. on ...
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Why do the majority of states require you to publish your name change? [closed]

I know that there are some states, like Oregon, which are easing up on this. If you are transgender, or have been the victim of abuse or crime, you should be able to change your name in private. At ...
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What power does the "Translations" section in Trademarks have?

I have seen that someone trademarked their last name, "ABULAFIA". This last name is very ancient and appears in many scripts and translations dating back 1000 years. The Wikipedia page for this ...
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Law regarding name suffixes

Background: My parents were having a discussion of how name suffixes can be utilized if I started having children, how would name suffixes occur. This was all hypothetical. My father, and let's call ...
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My name was not included in an US patent but I am the main inventor. What process I should initiate so that my name is included as an Inventor?

I found about the patent too late while searching for eventual patent. The main idea of the patent under question was entirely my own. It was first implemented in a prototype, and then a production ...
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Legal considerations when choosing a mobile app name

We have written what I anticipate to be a fairly popular mobile app in the DIY mechanic category. We are in the alpha implementation/testing phase for google play, and discovered the name we chose for ...
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What are the benefits of trademarking a logo along with a name?

I am currently trying to trademark a company name on the USPTO (The United States Patent and Trademark Office). However, I see an option to upload an image (logo) with my trademark application. If I ...
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Naming App After Copyrighted Game Characters

I happened to name an app I wrote after a kind of Pokemon, it wasn't on purpose. The app isn't a game and has nothing to do with Pokemon. Am I at risk of being sued for copyright infringement?
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I will have problems if I name my app like an existing company? [closed]

I'm doing a crossplatform software, for now unreleased. I have created the software (is a backup platform), the website, the logo and everything else anyone should have for making a successful ...
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Can I use a Disney character name as a nickname for one of my staff members in an interview video?

I am working as a graphic designer for a small team of researchers in a national research organization. One of our team members is affectionately called "Baymax" from the film "Big Hero Six". I am ...
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Can having a company in the same industry with the similar names but different continents cause problems?

I have a web app that is currently small but has predispositions to grow in the European market, however a similar company exists in the US market already for a long time. We both have similar name. ...
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What are the limits of a stage name?

Can an actor use their stage name to open a checking account (and deposit checks made out to a stage name), or to get a driver's license, or to sign a notarized document, or to get a credit card? Or ...
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What characters are allowable in a US name?

Someone mentioned to me that they ran into someone with "Æ" (the AE grapheme) in their name, which got me wondering what characters are allowable in the US. I've done a bit of research and found that ...
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