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

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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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What are the circumstances that require disclosure of an old legal name, when the name change case has been sealed?

I've previously had my name changed in a district court in the state of Utah. The case was filed as an adult name change and the case itself was order sealed by the judge who heard it. All of my ...
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Is my title part of my legal name or does it hold any legal meaning?

When filling out a form there is often a field for entering a title (such as Mr, Mrs, etc.). Am I free to put whatever I want in this field or do titles have a legal meaning?
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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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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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UK name change when married in Portugal

I recently got married in Portugal. My wife and I decided that we would both take each others surnames, combining the 2 so we now have 2 surnames. The registrar over there needed a letter from the UK ...
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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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Legal documents confirming previous/maiden name (uk)

My wife is enrolling at university, however her previous qualifications were earned whilst she had her maiden name. They say they want to see a marriage certificate to confirm the name change, but we'...
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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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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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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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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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Could my parents change my birth name without me knowing?

Could my parents change my birth name without me knowing?
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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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Maiden name for an unmarried adopted woman

A birth certificate document (legal) asks for mom's maiden name; mom was adopted and never married, and her last name has changed. Which last name is her maiden name? The name before or after the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it OK to name our app generically?

We're creating an app and want to name it generically, like Calendar. Calendar is already trademarked for alcoholic beverages except beers. We want to make sure we're doing our due diligence in ...
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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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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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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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Legal restrictions on LLC names for worker cooperatives in WA state

Myself and several friends are planning on starting a for profit worker-owned cooperative business that will provide landscaping services in Washington state. Washington is one of a few states in the ...
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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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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 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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Can I use the name of a fictional company

How could I possibly know if I can use the name 'LexCorp' for a real company. LexCorp is the company of Lex Luthor in the comic books of DC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LexCorp
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Use the name of a product for another type of product

I develop software and computer fonts, and have been wondering lately if I could title my software or computer fonts the same name as products that already exist; for example medicinal products and ...
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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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Autorité vs Haute Autorité

In France, we have so called Autorités Administratives Indépendantes which have various kind of names. Is there a difference in the law between Autorité (for example Autorité de sûreté nucléaire) and ...
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Is it legal to use a company name that has one word trademarked in the UK?

Is it possible for legal action to be taken in the UK, for example if the word FormatA has been trademarked, and then someone else starts up a company called FormatA Diagnostics Even if the ...
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Starting a new business in the UK

My partner recently started trying to sell her crafts through Facebook and through a website (that i am in charge of), she hasn't sold much but it has only being going a month, so we weren't expecting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Incorporate in Delaware with similar name

Is it allowed & advisable to name our Delaware C-Corp JOURNAL INC (without a period after Inc) if JOURNAL INC. (with a period after Inc) is already registered? JOURNAL is a made up name here, but ...