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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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Registered trademark vs social media

Imagine a sole proprietor who chooses a unique word for a business name - e.g. horsense - then buys a matching domain name (horsense.com). The company name, Horsense, appears on the website's home ...
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Is “Kanban” trademarked? Can I use it as part of my service's name? (KanbanMail)

Am I allowed to use the word "Kanban" in my service's name? (KanbanMail) For background information, Kanban is a productivity method invented by Toyota (Wikipedia) How would I find this information ...
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Is questions.app and questions app a trademark series in the UK?

I want to create an app with the "app" word in its name. When registering a trademark in the UK, would "QUESTIONS APP" and "QUESTIONS.APP" be considered a series? Will I then be able to dispute the ...
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Is it allowed to sell 3D models of existing brands?

Case: I make 3D models for architecture. Now I made a bundle of IKEA furniture to use in my interior scenes. I do this for clients to give them a visual representation of what a room can be. Because ...
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Is a modified version of a trademarked slogan considered infringement?

Since it's not the exact trademarked slogan, it seems the answer would be straightforward - but I've learned that trademark/copyright law is anything but. If the phrase, "Float like a butterfly, ...
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Yacht Rock and the Intellectual Property Rights of Work Trademarked by a Second Party

So I'm curious about the legal standing of an IP trademark owned by a party that did not originate the concept, but which is using it, potentially to the detriment of the original work, to suppress ...
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Can I legally (but without license) sell merchandise with text and images based on a video game?

I am setting up an online shop (or, say, a table/kiosk at conventions) to sell merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, etc, and I want to have merchandise with text and images either from or based on popular ...
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“got milk?” Parody

Hypothetical scenario: I want to create a couple images that parody the famous slogan "got milk?" The first will depict a famously creepy person next to a glass of milk. The image isn't meant to be ...
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Is it legal to open a museum of certain a brand?

My wife is a big fan of a certain toy company and has a huge collection. She is toying* with the idea of opening a small museum showcasing her collection. Is it legal to name the museum "The [Toy-...
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Can I retain my story's title if it has been trademarked by a large company?

I had a brief comic on a forum that I drew, let's say it is titled "Gourd Lord", several years ago. It has since been a minor thing I reference occasionally in my other work, but I've not had the ...
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Is it legal to use my TM trademark (registered in my country) on my .com website?

I have applied for a trademark recently. It is still not registered. But I know that I can use it anywhere with TM written with it. But since the trademark is registered only in my country(it is not ...
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Should I trademark brand and product names separately?

My LLC is developing a new line of products and we're looking at getting trademarks. We have a brand name, and the product name is distinctive when used with the brand name, but it's a pretty generic ...
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Is a press release a privileged and/or copyrighted document with ownership rights?

I recently left the firm I was working with for a few years. I have my own advisory firm now. I took part in several deals that closed. I was an active participant and got paid on those deals. I am ...
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An employee wants me to print their company logo on a shirt. Who do I need permission from?

Let's say I run a t-shirt printing company and an employee from Starbucks emails me asking for the Starbucks logo on the shirt. Their email is an @starbucks address. What steps do I have to take to ...
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Is there any grace period for worldwide trademark protection like patent?

When it comes to patent, it seems like there is a 12 months period where we can file International Patent from the date of provisional patent. I have a trademark in the US. I would like to go for ...
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How well can characters be protected?

There are lots of attributes that are better covered by either a copyright or trademark, but suppose there is a business that makes movies, short films or games or comics uses and "Darth Vader" in ...
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Can I use a name which is registered in another country?

For example there is a technology feature under a Brandname® which is (R) Registered. It is in another country. Lets say Germany. If I registered a .com name under the same name and created a ...
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Can you report use of product copy/likeness in video games for compensation?

If a video game (created outside of the US) has an exact copy on a 3D model used from a large world-wide corporation's (based in US) product is there a way of: Reporting the use of likeness/copy ...
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Could a third party revive a dead trademark if another company has unlawfully been using it?

Suppose Company "A" registered the trademark "John Doe" with the EUIPO. Company "A" has declared bankruptcy and been liquefied, but the trademark was retained by Company "A"'s founder. During this ...
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Would I be infringing on a trademark if my company name is later trademarked?

If I incorporate an LLC, and then someone federally registers a trademark with that name, would I be infringing on a trademark and have to change my name? Or will they be unable to register the ...
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Can I register a trademark after leaving a company in the UK?

I've been working on a new product for a company as a software developer (creating it from scratch). I've come up with a name for it as well which my manager didn't tell me to do but I decided to be ...
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What is the legal base / requirement (if any) for trade mark notes?

You often see websites or documents (user manuals, in particular) stating something similar to: This program is compatible with the Windows(R) operating system. ... Windows is a registered ...
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Linux Mint wrt Ubuntu's trademark policy

I've recently read the trademark policy by Ubuntu. It mainly states that versions of the OS can be shipped by third-parties (e.g. a company) only under one of the following options: a commercial ...
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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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USPTO: Intent to Use Trademark Registration

Intent to use trademark registration with USPTO in the US. Individual legal entity type. An intent to use trademark registration does not show evidence of a mark being used in commerce. An ITU ...
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Trademark was banned on eBay

Some time ago I registered a trademark for making some business throught the internet. I registered my trademark throught the Federal Institute of Industrial Property in Moscow, Russia because I'am ...
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How do custom artwork printing companies know which companies/trademarks to avoid printing? [duplicate]

On Redbubble, notice that nothing says "Disney," has the Disney logo, or uses actual Disney stuff: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/disney?ref=search_box. But notice lots of stuff says "Mario" or uses ...
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Legalities of using Trademarked Fictional Names for products

What is the legality of naming a product or service after a fictional name, object or character from a book or other creative material (movie, video game, etc)? In each of these examples below, the ...
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Is it legal to name open-source software after established entities? (Bands, video game characters, etc.)

Title says it all - is it legal for me to create an open-source video game engine, or any other open-source software, and name it after an established band, person or video game character?
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Can I trademark a logo that contains a font licensed under SIL OFL?

I am trying to determine whether I am able to use an OFL font in my UK trademark. From the research I have performed myself, I have determined that OFL fonts can be used in logos, as shown here: http:...
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Can I use trademarked names as example phrases in a commercial language learning app?

I'm developing a commercial app for learning Japanese targeted at manga/anime fans. It teaches how to read Japanese. I had the idea of popular titles, most of which are probably trademarked, as ...
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Can you advertise against another product using domain names?

Suppose your competitor is about to release a product. Can you technically build a website with a domain name that includes their product name, such as www.get-productname.com www.better-than-...
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Can I name a company e.g. “Nike” in a piece of art such as a game?

I am thinking about developing a game. In the dystopian world the game takes place in, companies are named after Greek Mythological Gods. One of them being Nike (the God). I guess that could be seen ...
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Unused Generic Domain/Trademark - I have a service with the same name

I've created a service around a common word, let's say 'Foo', I want my service to be called FooFriends, there's an unused, but registered UK trademark and domain for Foofriends.com. The trademark ...
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To what extent does an artwork copyright protect against real life 3D replicas of objects in a video game?

I make and sell real life, 3D replicas of daggers from video games, TV, and movies. Currently I am using the original names of the daggers to sell my products (and I am aware that I am likely ...
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Trademark Protection for Domain Names

Today I purchased a few new domain names, which are composed of very general words. When I attempted to purchase a different domain, adventure.app, I received warning of a trademark claim. I chose to ...
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What are the laws on using a company's logo in a graphic design course?

I'm making a commercial course on graphic design and one of the sections I go over the types of logos like IBM/CNN/HP/NASA are Lettermark based logos. My question more so is how can I legally use ...
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Can names in the Internet Standard and/or RFCs be used in a product name?

Can names in the Internet Standard and/or RFCs be used in a product name? For instance, can a product be named "IPv6 Reticulator" without some standards body objecting to the use of "IPv6"? Would "...
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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 a company suddenly start to enforce a trademark after years of neglect?

Recently, a law firm representing Oracle demanded that Apple take down an app with the word "JavaScript" in its name from Apple's App store, as Oracle owns the trademark for the word "JavaScript". ...
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Using trademark as a name in a book?

I am writing a childrens book and a character in it is supposed to be called Google. Is that legal? I am only using the word 'google' and not the colors, font etc that the word is written on the ...
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Trademark infringement potential VS no exclusive use of words in a trademark?

I am seeings various trademarks with disclaimers along the line of: NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "WORD" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN So for example, the WORD is part of two words ...
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Can you be sued for money if your product is released for free?

Say I create a product that I release for free and take no profit in any way. If this product somehow violates the copyrights or trademarks of another company, is there risk of needing to pay for ...
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Movie title translations in violation of trademark?

In my country (Israel) it is quite common practice to "translate" the title of a movie in such a way so it becomes extremely similar to the title of some past successful movie within the same genre/...
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Can I make and sell printable worksheets for board games without infringing on copyright?

I'm hoping to sell printable worksheets online for around $2 dollars each that are designed to reformat the character sheets that came with the base board game. Where I believe I am adding value is ...
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Opposing trademark registration

Context Three years ago, my small team and I created a product that we've been selling ever since. To clarify that I meant to use the name as a trademark, I added the trademark symbol (™) after the ...
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Does this German company really control the use of the term 'emoji'?

Important disclaimer: this question is not about any particular set of emojis (designed by a company or whoever else). The pictures themselves are obviously intellectual property and belong to their ...
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Gaining control over domain name being used by scammers

The company I work for has a U.S. trademark on our name, and operates a site of [COMPANY].com We're now aware of two instances where scammers are impersonating our company and have registered ...
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Can I use a name on YouTube if it is already used on Instagram?

I finally brainstormed a name for my youtube channel that I am very happy with. I registered it on YouTube, and also paid for the .com domain name. However, then I checked on Instagram and noticed ...
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How to protect my IP

I'm a developer looking to create a startup. However, it's a very unique idea and something I want to protect not only as a "product idea" but also the business brand too. I'm guessing I would ...