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 Company Name for branding [on hold]

hope all are doing well. I want to Trademark my Company name and use that Trademark name to build my brand in the Business, Entertainment and Book Publishing industry. As I am getting ready to ...
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Trademark: “Lyft” and acquired dictinctiveness

I want to understand why "Lyft" was trademarked for "transportation of passengers by motorized vehicle". When Lyft Inc originally filed for "Lyft" trademark in 2012 (serial# 85/743120), the use was ...
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Do I Need to Use the Registered Symbol?

I am writing a science paper for school and I am including the name of a product. Do I need to include the registration symbol after the name of the product? "The monitor that was used in this ...
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Can one use data extracted from images (in-game screenshots)?

As an example, let's take Call of Duty Ghost. I want to take the data from the below screenshot and store it in a database as it is. (Rank, Level, Player Name, etc.) Is it legal to extract data from ...
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Use of logo from defunct business

I would like to use the name and logo of a small airline that filed bankruptcy and went out of business about 35 years ago. I won't be making any money off this. It's strictly for a personal web page. ...
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Register own surname as a trademark

Can I legally register my own surname as a trademark? Supposing my name is Jeck Galifianakis, can I sue by law all the business entities (or maybe individuals too) that hold name Galifianakis in its ...
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Are towns and city names trademarked?

So for instance, could I develop an energy bar and market it as the “Houston Bar”? Or even just have a bar with “Houston” on the packaging that was self evidently a bar.
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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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Do you need permission to use a well known first name in your company?

I intend to produce a mobile/app/software. The specifics doesn't matter but let's say there is someone extremely famous in the same field. A comparison is creating an F1 app called "Michael F1". I ...
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I manufacture employee name tags. Am I exposing myself by using their company's logo on tags ordered by their employees?

I'm a small business targeting name tags to the individual worker. Some orders are from the businesses themselves, but others are for lone workers that seek a better name tag. When a lone McDonalds, ...
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Document unregistered trademark?

I've created a company, and I am using unregistered trademarks in my documentation (and soon, products). I've already checked the USPTO and these words are not already trademarked. I am using the (tm) ...
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Can a company's advertising slogan undermine their own trademark protection?

Growing up in the 70s in the UK, a common brand of glue was UHU®1, and, at least at the time2, this was often advertised with the slogan "Don't say glue, say UHU". If the phrase "Don't say glue, say ...
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Trademark Public Domain Clipart

I was reading Can a company trademark a public domain name like "Arkham"? not sure if this is the same. I'm working as volunteer at OpenClipart.org, site that provide Public Domain vector ...
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Can I try to register a trademark that someone else has an application for?

I am currently selling a product with "Cheers to 30 years" on it. However, I noticed someone else has filed this trademark earlier this year: http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=88382813&caseType=...
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GM hood emblem replica

I want to make and sell a replica of a hood emblem for a 60-61 Chevy truck. My replica will be very close to the original but will not have any of the GM numbers on it, but the emblem is the Chevy "...
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Accepted ways to make trademark symbols conspicuous on a website

What are legal precedents for conspicuous trademark declarations on a website? Failing that, are there any accepted practices by convention? I’m working on an E-commerce site where the site owner has ...
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Does the app TikTok violate trademark?

TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, is a for-profit app that runs on IOS and Android which allows it's users to upload short videos at includes a backtrack. The app was launched in 2017. Kesha ...
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Am I allowed to use the word “Android” in my YouTube channel name?

Say I have a YouTube channel about Android development. And I want to name my channel to something like "Android Guy" / "Android Dude" / ... My question here is: am I legally allowed to include the ...
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Can I use a trademarked name in a project, if I don't own the trademark?

I'm currently making a game, based on Pokémon. I do not own the trademark, copyright, or anything legally related to Pokémon (just some rando on the net). In my code, I use Pokemon to describe a ...
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Does the USPTO distinguish between downloadable software regarding trademarks?

Trademarks protect marks within their own categories, which can loosely be defined as fields or industries. However, some categories, like IC009, which covers downloadable software, is very broad. As ...
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Can a beer brewery and liquor distribution company have almost the same names, since they are different classes/categories?

If a beer brewery has already trademarked the name barrelhouse, and I own a liquor distribution company, for wine and spirits, that I wanted to trademark as barrelhouse selections would this pass?
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questions about the Rubik's cube trademark/copyright/patent

i checked Rubik's cube image rights and i'm still confused about the legal protection of Rubik's cube. I know the patent expired and their 3d trademark lost a case in EU. Does this imply they ...
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How do I register a trademark in the USA if I'm not in the USA and I'm not a US citizen?

I want to register a trademark. It's a word that I've been using for my website domain for a long time (over 3 years). I just want to make myself feeling more safe so I want to register a trademark. ...
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Using someone else's registered trademark

This seems like a very textbook and common question, but I can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of the situation: A card game called Cards Against Humanity sometimes uses other company's names ...
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What are the laws on showing another company's logo in my book on branding?

I am writing a book on best practice branding for entrepreneurs and want to demonstrate my points using well-known (as well as our own client) logos. The logos will be used for illustrative, ...
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Can I legally make a real mobile app based on a fictional app from a TV show?

There's a fictional mobile app in a Netflix TV show that I'd like to make a real thing. I'm an independent developer, I don't plan on monetizing it in any way, and it's going to be open-source. Is it ...
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business intentionally hijacking search traffic of competitor

Texas: Successful small business working on search engine optimization / link back / search elevation... I determine major provider (yellowpages) has entry for us. Lists us by old address, and clicks ...
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Can a company use another brand's name when describing their product?

I'm working on a project and the best way I've found to sum it up, essentially my elevator pitch, is by saying: It's like X for Y. Can I use the brand in this context as the tag line for my ...
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Are names used within a TV show (for example, the name of a fictional business) automatically copyrighted?

According to the personal account of one of the founders of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, he waited hours outside the gates of Paramount Studios to license the name "Bubba Gump Shrimp" (which first ...
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Can I use race track information in my application?

I`m developing a comercial app and I'm going to include some information about racetracks to it. I'm going to use follow information: a name of racetrack, a distance of one lap, names of turns. The ...
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Can I start an online business, where i sell Rock band merchandise without the band's permission?

Can I start an online business, where i sell Rock band merchandise without the band's permission? I have noticed that there are online shops in China that sell rock music merchandise for cheap. Can I ...
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Trademarks: Can I start an app if an unrelated trademark already exists?

I'm trying to start an app in the skin care category. I'm trying to come up with names, and one of the ones I'm considering is Bree. However, when I search USPTO for "Bree", I see a ton of results: ...
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Can a company take unique a domain name if it was registered before the company registered a trademark? [duplicate]

I have a website that I use for an open source program that has a unique name that has not been trademarked. Since I do not use it for commercial purposes, would I be protected if a company decided to ...
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Can a company legally use their competitor's name in their tag line without permission?

Say a new company, NewCo, wants to use the name of their competition, BigCo, in their tag line without BigCo's permission. Something like: NewCo — (Like BigCo, only newer) Is this legal? Is it ...
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Can I use game name in domain of satiric blog

I wanted to start a satiric blog with funny articles, fake level up guides and ranting on updates for a popular French game. Can I register a domain name with the game name and a different TLD without ...
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Can I use a corporation name that has been “Merged Out” as my new corporation name in California?

I did the search on California Secretary of State - Business Name site, and it shows the status as "Merged Out" (more than 20 years ago). I also searched the US Official Trademark Db site for the ...
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Can the prices of goods be copyrighted?

I am looking to publish a list of prices for which companies are willing to sell certain generic (commodity type) products. These companies have already published their own "price guides" that list ...
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Are there case law examples where a reseller was forbidden to publish the name of the item being resold?

Are there case law examples where a reseller was forbidden to publish the name of the item being resold? For example suppose a computer reseller acquires a used computer made by HALCO, model HAL-9001 ...
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How are programming books written if language names are trademarked?

For example, you might want to talk about Java, but Java and its mother company Oracle are trademark names. Or you want to mention the Spring framework which is a registered trademark. Or mentioning ...
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Covering a logo with your own and using the equipment in advertising

Can I purchase a branded digital screen and cover the manufacturer's logo with my own; and then use the screen for the purposes of advertising my products, creating my own digital look? The company I ...
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Is Legal to use characters from movies/games without license in a non related business? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to use some character from Disney for a website offering something not related with Disney business at all (for example a service for software developers). Is this OK or Disney ...
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Can a registered user of a word mark which was registered as whole, break the word into parts and use it in the products sold?

As the question says if a user of a particular wordmark breaks his word into 2 and uses it on goods sold(tm is engraved on goods) then can he seek protection in case of potential infringement.
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Legality of replacing manufacturer's labels when repairing equipment?

For example, lets say I rebuild water pumps commercially. My business consists of buying used pumps, replacing all the wearable components (seals, bearings, etc), thoroughly testing them, then selling ...
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Does a trademark application for technology like semiconductors or voting machines require an invention or embodiment?

New York Times' China Grants Ivanka Trump Initial Approval for New Trademarks: HONG KONG — China granted initial approval for 16 new trademarks to Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter and ...
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First-to-use vs First-to-file trademarks

As I understand it, first-to-use ownership of a mark trumps first-to-file. If that is true, why spend money on getting a trademark for your business name?
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How can I legally use trademarked entities in my free computer game?

I'm making a free computer game based on Star Trek. It'll reference a few characters from the show, along with the Enterprise. My understanding is by using character names from the show, I risk ...
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How to protect my trademark application from a well funded startup?

I created a software application in the transportation space in 2016, and I applied for a trademark for a variant of the name (same sound, extra letter at the end) with an Intent to Use application in ...
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Trade Name: What class applies to websites and epubs?

When you register a trade name or trademark, you have to pay a fee for each of various classes that describe your business. Can anyone tell me what class publishing falls under? I publish in three ...
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“Status date” for trademark (in TSDR) is prior to “Filing date”?

This is specific to a trademark I came across; http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=76720679&caseSearchType=US_APPLICATION&caseType=US_REGISTRATION_NO&searchType=statusSearch The status is ...
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Publishing copyrighted material on GitHub for phishing

I want to publish some demo code on github that deals with a new type of phishing attack. However, I've used a Google-branded sign-in page for the demo. Will this be a problem with copyright or any ...