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Questions tagged [trademark]

A trademark is a sign, logo or design of some kind that distinguishes a particular product or service (or its provider or source) from others.

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Trademark violation for app?

I've just received an email from a Turkish app developer who believes my app infringes on his trademark. I've done some reading and read that essentially I'm not allowed to violate any patents or ...
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Can your business have the same initials as a major corporation?

By coincidence, if my company was “Internal brilliance method”(I just made that up) could IBM(international business machines) sue me over trademark infringement? In different industries different ...
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Is a book formatting subject to copyright laws?

I'm an IT professional who happens to be interested in EU law. Currently and for the next about 2 years I am tasked with writing a rather lengthy document (estimations are about 1000 to 1,200 A4 ...
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What is trademark tarnishment or dilution under US law?

What is a person not allowed to do with a trademark in the US, beyond using falsely to sell goods? In what ways can a trademark owner prevent tarnishment (disparagement) or dilution (blurring)?
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How to find the angle between Mickey Mouse's ears as specified in an official trademark?

The Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse's two ears sit on top of his head in such a way that the silhouette looks a bit like a water molecule, with the head as the oxygen atom and the two ears as the ...
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Is it legal to sell clothes with Supreme red box logo, but with custom text inside?

Let's say I wanted to sell t-shirts/hoodies with Supreme box logo (font, color & shape), but custom text inside. Would it be legal? Normally, I would assume it wouldn't. However, I know that the ...
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Regarding the legal use of a trademarked name in my Android application's package name

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but I had a quick question regarding using the word/trademark "GitHub" in my Android application's source code (not that actual part that users can ...
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Can I use brand names in my video game? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a video game set in the Old West and I'm wanting to know if I can use period gun brand names in my game: Colt, Winchester, etc. Do I need special permission from the companies ...
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Where are the “United States Classification” codes for trademarks defined?

I'm attempting to do some preliminary research on trademarks and having trouble with the US classification codes. E.g., I'm looking at a 'Goods and Services' description that starts with "IC 042. US ...
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Is it legal to cut a designer logo off of a piece of clothing, sew it onto another and sell it?

What if I were to cut the Versace or Nike logo off of an old, ruined piece of clothing, sew or glue the logo onto other piece of clothing and then sell it. I would tell the buyer in advance that the ...
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Can a game designer be successfully sued for using a image of a gun off of google and modeling it and putting it in a game?

If a game designer usse an image of an M4A1 ar, and a Glock and models the guns then put them into a game, can the designer be successfully sued, either by the gun maker or by the artist who created ...
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Can infringement of a trademark be pursued for using a company's name in a sentence?

If I have a sentence on my business website stating something similar to "Mr. Smith participated in the process that ended with Pepsi acquiring Silly Sally's Sodas" Is this a basis for ...
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Can someone legally use the word Java in a business name?

Assume someone wanted to open a real estate office and wanted to use the name Java Realty, would that violate the Java (programming framework) trademark?
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Are slogans protected under trademark?

A US-based wine company created a slogan. Later it found a Canadian wine company had already been using the same slogan. Could the U.S. company's used violate copyright or trademark?
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Can you sell a product with a “custom” image, if that image ends up being copyright or trademark?

As a printing company, can you sell a item titled "custom" if a customer uploads a copyrighted or trademarked logo? They are only ordering one, and the item itself is not titled after the logo that ...
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Can trademark attorneys advertise in UK?

In some countries, it's illegal for trademark and patent attorneys to advertise. Is it also the case in the UK?
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Can pricing be trademarked?

This earlier question asked whether a pricing scheme could be copyrighted. I wonder if pricing could be trademarked. Suppose Christopher Columbus Pizza was famous for selling a large pizza for $14....
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On using a trademark (e.g. “lego”) in the name of an unrelated scientific work

[Premise: the question uses "lego" to illustrate the concept but it is meant to ask about any general situation of this type] Question: Is there anything problematic in using the term "lego" in the ...
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Can a trademark owner prevent third parties to create software for the related trademark service?

Pinterest is a social sharing web site. https://pinterest.com I have created a software that helps users to share photos online to Pinterest easily and quickly. https://addons.opera.com/en-gb/...
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Is it legit to use Custom Controller Buttons in Games?

I'm making buttons for my own controller in my Game. For example, the attached images will appear to indicate the player to press the A or B Buttons. The image resembles Xbox Controller Buttons. So, ...
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Why register many similar marks?

Many companies apply for multiple registrations for the same term and similar goods and services, is that worthwhile? For example, Starbucks owns dozens of registrations for "Starbucks" both as ...
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For USPTO trademark purposes, can the printing of artwork on non-paper substrates be filed under class 16?

If I am printing designs or artwork on a metal or plastic substrate, no paper involved, would that be listed under class 16? It doesn't seem to fit anywhere else. I considered class 40, but that's ...
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Trademark or Copyright for song title and lyrics

I wrote a song called “She came OUT through the bathroom window”. I’m also singing the sentence in the song. I was wondering if I could be getting into any trademark og copyright problems as The ...
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If Two Different Companies Have Sold the Same Product Under the Same Name, Is Trademarked Name Enforceable? [duplicate]

I'd like to manufacture a product, but I'm curious about my naming options. Here's my scenario in a nutshell: In 1960, a company patents a wallet design and sells them as Zark wallets. In 2006--...
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Can I use a cancelled trademark if the owner is still manufacturing the product?

I recently stumbled upon a product patented in the 1950's--let's say it's a beard comb called the "Drongle" After the patent expired, another company trademarked "Drongle" in 2006 and began selling ...
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Inline Linking Copyrighted Material

So there are some similar posts but not really with answers that fit to my problem. I run a site posting about newest announcements, let´s say Nike announces a new pair of shoes. Now I want to write ...
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Will company with product with ® sue me if my company name is the same as their product?

I have purchased the company name Xxxxx Media in a province in Canada, but I recently realized that the product Xxxxx® is trademarked in the United States. I wish to sell my products in the US soon so ...
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Do I need a copyright symbol or similar when referencing program names?

DISCLAIMER I am writing a paper for school and while I won't get in trouble for forgetting the copyright symbol I am interested in the use of it in case I need it on a more professional basis. I am ...
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Trademark holder doesn't grant permission due to 'high request volume'; any risks?

I requested permission for MATLAB's trademarked logo usage on my site, https://dragonnotes.org/ , from MathWorks (trademark holder) - who responded, "Due to the high number of these types of ...
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Which regions trademark has precedence in Google Play and Apple's app store?

If two different entities have registered the same trademark in different regions, one in the USA and the other in EU. Which of the two trademarks would have precedence within the Google Play Store ...
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Can I use a branded product name and/or product pictures in their retail packaging in my paid cooking video?

I'm making cooking videos of my own recipes for selling on line. In order to help viewers replicate my recipes exactly, I'd like to: Refer to brand-name ingredients in my video, e.g., "Great Value ...
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Is it legal to include trademarked words in a game? [duplicate]

I am making a game similar to codenames the boardgame which tells players to choose cards with words on them that are associated with a hint that another player gives. Is it legal to use trademarked ...
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How to prevent no one can copy my app design and name

Can an application developer from outside the USA prevent other developers in the US from copying the name and design of the application? How will this work? How can a developer who has published a ...
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Can I invert other companies' logos and use them for advertising them on my site?

I'm building a site that aggregates food delivery services in my region. I show all the companies I collected as a list of cards, where each card contains the logo of a company, company name, link to ...
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if I use a meme in a video game can I legally profit off of it

If were to be building a video game that I would be profiting off of (through ads or some buying feature), could I use memes that are derivative of copyrighted materials. For example, There is a ...
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Kellogg v National Biscuit Co

In Kellogg v National Biscuit Co it was ruled that once a utility patent expires the patentee can never make a trademark-like claim to the exclusive use of the source-identifying function of the shape ...
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The Lanham Act: how similar is too similar in trademarks

The Lanham Act prohibits the unauthorized use of a reproduction, copy, or imitation of a registered trademark in a way that "is likely to cause confusion" with the registered mark. One factor taken ...
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Can I have “Amazon” in my company's domain name?

I am developing a website that sells gift cards and at this point in time I am planning on selling only Amazon gift cards (in the beginning at least). I'm at the point where I need to pick a domain ...
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do we have to register our trademark to be valid… can we take a legal action if someone is using similar trademark but our is not registered?

My question is about do we have to register our trademark to be valid. 1. can we take a legal action if someone is using similar trademark but our is not registered?
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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 trademark fair use to use company name/logo on your resume?

I have an online resume website that I created, and I list the logos of companies I've work with over the course of my career. Rather than a dry date list of work experience, I'm just listing the ...
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On what grounds can Instagram contest the use of the domain name slutsofinstagram.com?

A Reddit user registered the domain name slutsofinstagram.com, and has created a kind of parody cover story (Reddit; Imgur): Welcome to Slütsof In Stagrâm an online fantasy series about a Princess ...
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Can people distribute trademarked/copyright products if they aren't monetized?

If I made a bunch of Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals or screen printed a bunch of t-shirts with pictures from Godzilla films or something, would I be infringing on copyrights/trademarks if I ...
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Using Brand Names as our Customers for advertising [closed]

I am the owner of a marketing business, XYZ Solutions (Ind) Pvt. Ltd. Now, I want to increase my sales so can I use Brand Names like Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay, Google, etc as my customers in my Website? ...
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Is it legal to use “Java” in a domain name for a website?

I want to register a domain (within Poland) that contains "Java" word in it. Am I allowed to it, or is it illegal? I heard about the case of Vavr (formerly Javaslang) which changed the name due to ...
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Can you legally copy curated data from a software program?

Say someone has curated a lot of data, such as molecule data, astronomical data, animal data and such like into a software program. Can you legally harvest all that data and put it in your own ...
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Commercial usage of photos of extreme close-up of popular electronics

Let's say I make a photo of iPhone screen through the microscope, so field of view of the photo is just several pixels and individual RGB components of the screen are visible - so it's not possible ...
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How to acquire copyright for Digimon franchise?

I'm not sure if this is the correct exchange to ask but hopefully it is. Now if I want to acquire Digimon franchise copyright (Correct the term for me if I'm mistaken) for example for my Smartphone ...
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Use of trademark in personal email alias

I've just signed up to a new service (company) using my usual practice of giving them a unique email address companyname@mydomain.com. I've just received an email stating: Thank you for ...
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Can I write about a *copy* of a dead celebrity?

I'm writing a science fiction novel and I want to use Jim Morrison (lead singer for The Doors who died 47 years ago) as a minor character. Actually, it is a copy of Jim Morrison uploaded after his ...