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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Can I legally use trademarked third-party logos and titles in my app?

Let's say, a company named "A" as developed very popular document format "P". I'm about to write an app, which allows to view this format. I want to use its name in the app's ...
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Are single-letter programming language names trademarkable?

It's no secret that the name of some programming languages are single-letter (sometimes with some non-letter characters) such as C, C++, C#, D, etc. A previous question asked about the situation of ...
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Is it legal to use someone else's trademark as an advertisement keyword?

For example, could Apple buy search engine advertisement using "redmi" as a keyword, so that users searching for "redmi" are directed to a website selling iPhones? Could the search ...
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I “heart” NY variation [closed]

I have seen a question about variation of "I heart NY" using different place names, but what about a variation of the heart? For instance, if I really dont like Detroit, can I make a ...
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Can choosing a username with corporate terms be a violation of the law?

I recently answered this excellent question on the Software Recommendations SE: Method/Software to rename multiple files in ascending numerical order regardless of file type? I just noticed the ...
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Can I use the image of Dracula or Frankenstein in my ad or logo?

I want to use the iconic symbol of Dracula or Frankenstein for my logo, or at least some ads. Without using the name Dracula/Frankenstein. Is that ok or the "image" of them is also a ...
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Using a trademarked word as part of another word

I have read many questions asking the opposite: splitting a trademark into multiple words. Not sure if the scenario is the same. Example: company named "FilterJedi" selling water filters, is ...
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Can a photo that contains a trademark be used by a political campaign?

There's a current kerfuffle regarding a campaign photo used by the Biden campaign. The photo shows the logo for the Washington Redskins in the original photo but removed in the photo displayed on CNN....
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Could 'Node.JS' sue (and win) a trademark infringement against any software companies that use the word 'Node'?

Ever since 'Node.JS' became very popular, a lot of software companies have been using the word 'Node' in their trademarks. For example: ControlNode NodeStudio AppNode Could Node.JS owners ...
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Could there be a trademark infringement if one “slightly” mimicks the end-name of a well known product in the same industry

Say there is a famous product in the cryptocurrency software industry called "Mixilux". An ex-employee starts his own business and creates a new product and calls it "Flexilux" The ...
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Am I screwed if I sell CCTV sotware “EagleEye” and another US company has registered trademark “EagleEye” for its CCTV lens? [closed]

My Australian CCTV Software "EagleEye" I am an Australian Company. I develop and sell software for CCTV Systems. For confidentiality purpose, let's call it 'Eagle-Eye' Company in US has CCTV ...
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Is it trademark infringement if you put the word 'the' in front? [closed]

There is a trademarked company by the name "good vibe tribe", registered for "Hosting an online community web site featuring the bringing of people together for the common good and ...
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Can I use a registered trademark in a software to indicate a file type?

I develop a software that contains a file viewer. For the sake of usability I would like to indicate also the "file type". Let's assume I display a Photoshop file. Am I allowed to refer to ...
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Trademark used only for profit motive / trademark not the right solution?

My daughter is starting a podcast. It will have a focused theme, say for example "Artists against Racism." (Note: this is not the topic, just a similar type of example). Now the purpose of ...
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Does Tesla or Nikola have grounds to sue the other for trademark infringement?

Tesla and Nikola are both companies that produce electric vehicles, and both companies are named after the inventor Nikola Tesla. It seems to me that this could cause confusion. Does either company ...
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Do obviously spurious claims of trademark infringement help in cases of genuine infringement?

Several times when discussing obviously spurious claims of trademark infringement I've seen an argument that companies, in order to keep their trademarks, must threaten to file suit over trademark ...
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Are programming language names copyrighted?

Say I want to create a programming language with some name, but there already exists another programming language with the same name. Could I get in trouble (legal or otherwise) if I create another ...
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Risk/Information Regarding Copyright/Trademark Violation

I have previously participated in the illicit accessing of files (music, etc.) that were most likely copyrighted/trademarked/etc. as well as the distribution of modified versions of these files (...
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Can I use a company's logo on the merch I want to advertise to them? [closed]

I am a merchandise designer. I want to advertise conceptualized apparel/general merch designs to a company by email with the option for them to purchase it. I want to use their current brand ie. logo ...
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How can I use a trademark name in my app title?

I am a student software developer in NY, USA. As a learning project, I created a mobile application for calculating scores of my favorite crossword board game and posted it on the famous online ...
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Can I use the name Friedrich Nietzsche as commercial application title?

Can I use the name Friedrich Nietzsche as commercial application title that will be available globally? I know that his books are in the public domain and I can use fragments in my app but I don't ...
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Twitter icon upside-down [closed]

If I use Twitter icon upside-down as my site favicon, will it be a copyright/trademark violation? I have copywriting slogan "Down with Twitter" among others on my site.
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Similar domain to trademark takedown request?

Today I received the following, and there is no first notice. Is this a legitimate request? The "mm-walmart.com" domain and lack of any contact information is screaming a scam, attorney ...
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Can the owner of a national trademark oppose the application of a trademark in another country when both are in the EU?

I've got a wordmark in an EU country, which is the name of my company. Someone else applied a logo as a figurative mark which contains their company name, in another EU country. Their company name is ...
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Can I use the term “tweets” for posts at my own site?

Can I use the term "tweets" for posts at my own site? And if I put the word "tweet" in quotes?
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Can I display my photo of a subject protected by intellectual property laws?

EDIT: the suggested duplicate: a) Refers to the UK. b) Only addresses one issue I mentioned. c) Perhaps wrong/misleading (at least in the US) - From the USPTO site: "To support a trademark ...
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Can I trademark a mobile application name that exists, but in a different region / language and unrelated to my app's functionality?

I have a couple questions regarding the possibility of trademarking the name of a mobile application that I am developing. The main question is: Can I trademark the name and logo of a mobile ...
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Is it the same nature of business?

As far as I understand, I can use the name the same as the name of another business, if we are of different business natures. Right? The other business is selling physical goods (more exactly, they ...
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Canada's Trademark Act

I am considering applying for a trademark. The trademark I would like to register is the product name of a product that I am importing and selling. The name is an invented word (e.g. something to the ...
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Creating a hoodie on Teespring

This would be the image used in the hoodie. The screenshot was originally taken from the F.U.N. episode of Spongebob Squarepants, which aired in 2001. I edited it and turned it into the image seen ...
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Using a trademarked name as the partial name of a new business

If a company named "XYZ LLC" has the name "XYZ" trademarked, am I infringing if I incorporate an LLC with the name "XYZ" partially in it, e.g., "XYZ Entertainment ...
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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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Is it legal to use a name for a company that uses part, or all, of another trademarked name in it?

Is it legal to use a name for a company that uses part, or all, of another trademarked name in it? For example, if I was creating a company that uses Google's software, could I name my company Googley ...
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Use of ™ on a software name that is not trademarked?

I'm making an app for Apple app store and the perfect name for my app is already "used" even though it's not on the app store (this is a thing with app store - when you create an app with a ...
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Same name in social networks, same product, different country, changed it as soon as it came to my knowledge, untangible goods

I started a business reading tarot online, using a Facebook and Instagram page. My attempt was to do this bilingually. At the time I started it I didn't know there was another woman in another country ...
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Registering a trademark in the UK - Lowercase, title case or uppercase characters?

I'm in the process of applying for a UK trademark through the UK government IPO service. I've used the Right Start Examination Service and my application has been approved for the next stage. Before I ...
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is fictional data covered by copyright?

From other questions about intellectual property, it's my understanding that: "measurements of observable fact in the world ... are not copyrightable", but arrangements of the data are. fictional ...
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Copyright Fair Use Case

I'm trying to understand the concept of Copyright and trademark Fair Use. I'm a small indie game developer working on a project which plays in the imaginary world of children. They adventure through a ...
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Register a domain name of a modern generic term conflicting with a Pending Trademark

I'd like to register a domain name that is a modern abbreviation like LAN,WAN,WEB... My registrar told me that the Domain is a registered Trademark ! I managed to find the registration status and it'...
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Can I name my app using the name of a long defunct company?

I am working on an app and want to name it Vidmark. Apparently, this name is the name of a long-defunct company (since 2001). Could I get into trouble using this name?
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Can I include fan art topics in my art idea app?

I have created an Android app, and a Discord bot, "Art Prompts". The point of the project is to give artists inspiration via short prompts, such as Draw a vampire standing in front of a mirror, ...
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Using part of a copyrighted or trademark name in a product name

There is a software that called Mautic, i devloped an App/plugin that extends it's features and named it Mautify... Today i received an email from that software company telling me that my use to the ...
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Can I use droid as a character class in my game?

We all know Droid is trademarked by Lucasfilms but I wanted to use it as a character class for my game. The droid class in my game is also a robot, but it looks nothing like the droids on Lucasfilms....
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How to interpret “USA made”

Like many consumers these days, I now depend on home delivery for many of my 'non-essential' items. I have been shopping online for a steel product which is often counterfeited (mostly from China), ...
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What can happen if I don't register a trademark for my business?

If I register my business name and start operating my business using that business name and a logo that I made which contains the words of the business name, what can happen if I don't register the ...
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Is it ok to use the same app name as other, unpopular apps?

I'm currently developing a webapp for language learning in the hopes of turning it into a profitable business. I've been mulling over a certain name for a while though I've looked through the google ...
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Is it illegal to advertise another entity's product?

I'm a retailer of products. One product in particular needs more attention, but the manufacturing company doesn't advertise their products in the media which my customers reside (mainly YouTube). I ...
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Same domain name as an old site

A few years ago I was looking for a domain name to use for my website. After trying a couple hundred names I eventually found one that wasn't taken. I did a quick google to make sure the name wasn't ...
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Can ® © ™ (R, C, TM) symbols be safely used in fiction to describe fictional products?

In the popular game "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" the TM symbol is used for an in-universe product. It doesn't actually represent a real product of course, and just acts as flavor text. While the ...
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Claiming a domain name with a trademark

I have a trademark that got issued recently. There is a domain name with that same name that appears in my trademark that I'd like to obtain. However, that domain is registered by someone but is not ...

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