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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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 ...
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Can I use the logo of an ISO standard in an open document

In the frame of a European H2020 project, we are creating educational content for companies on the topic of energy efficiency in industry. The educational content will be made publicly available under ...
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Can a two-word trademark with no claim to one of them be used as a threat to cybersquatting claim?

Assume that there is a trademark made of two words (i.e. Somename TECHNOLOGIES). In the trademark's application as well as the approved registration, there is a comment: THE MARK CONSISTS OF ...
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Understanding trademark infringements in a world where many dictionary words are trademarks?

How does one even create the title of an app when basically most nouns in the English language have been trademarked? When and when isn't a trademark valid? For example, I was surprised that even the ...
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How does trader joes copy everything?

If you have ever been to Trader Joes you'd see that ever single item is a copy of another brand. For example Joes Os are actually Oreos, Baked Cheese Crunches are actually Chetos. But they do this ...
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Trademark Infringement notice for usage of a dictionary word Jacuzzi in app - Google Play Store

I'm a 1-woman independent developer who made an app called Front Jacuzzi Back Corgi - or FJBC for short. Today, I received a trademark infringement notice from Jacuzzi.com It's unexpectedly not from ...
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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 ...