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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OEM Legislation

As an OEM, is it legal to use branded motherboards, such as ASUS in our own enclosures. I am aware that the other parts get used by major computer makers such as HP. However they usually make their ...
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What does USPTO status 604 “Abandoned after inter partes decision” mean for a trademark?

What does the United States Patent and Trademark Office status 604 Abandoned after inter partes decision mean for the trademark? Is the trademark in the public domain or so clouded that it could be ...
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Legal aspects of using logos from a LaTeX package in resume

I was thinking about using Skype and LinkedIn logos from fontawesome package to provide corresponding contact details in my resume. But I am not sure if I am violating any rules. Can anyone throw some ...
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Substrings used in a trademark

The Linux Foundation is a registered trademark of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. But Linux is a substring of The Linux Foundation. Is it OK for someone to ...
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Can you use other company's brand or logo in your own marketing campaigns?

Company X is an online betting app for Football (soccer). They want to advertise on twitter or facebook for upcoming matches between certain football clubs and tell their users that they can start to ...
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Can an customised open source prject be protected by IP law

My designer created a logo for me using an open source design (with slight change). I wasn't aware of it uptill I visited colombia and saw a merchant selling T-shirt with the same design. Now I want ...
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Naming products after fictional objects or characters

We are a small company developing a product we want to name after a character named "Arwen" from "Lord of the rings". The product itself has no connection whatsoever with the actual character, we're ...
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Can I name a real company after a fictional company found in a book?

Can I name my company after a fictional company (of the same type) found in a book?
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Can Polaroid force me to remove my app from the store?

A few years ago, I create a simple app that allowed the user to create fake instant camera photos on their smartphone. A few month ago, I received an email from Polaroid stating that my app had to be ...
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Can I use a brand name in my book title?

I want to publish a book, which will be sold at a modest price. I will be self-publishing. I'm in the US. My book is, by its nature, very specific. It is basically a "how to" guide for how to write ...
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Copyright name of a book vs a fantasy wargame with miniatures

I wrote a book which I released in April, 2015. I've just discovered there's a pen/paper fantasy game similar to dungeons and dragons with the same name that was a kickstarter back in May 2014, which ...
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Sending an Email on behalf of someone else (email spoofing)

Many phishing and spear-phishing operators employ mail spoofing techniques to get their target to open emails, read them and act on them. When acted upon, the phisher either steals something or gets ...
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When google.com was available to be bought after a clerical error, did they lose their right to own it?

When the domain google.com became available to be bought after a clerical error, it was bought by a man for $12 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34504319). I'm curious to know, because Google ...
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How might this use of the Star Wars logo and universe be legal?

A French book about Star Wars recently came out, giving a psychological approach on the films and characters. The book doesn't contain images, but on the cover, the Star Wars logo is visible, and ...
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Is it legal for me to buy a book and resell bits and pieces of it (artwork or poems for example)?

For example, I take a poetry book and cut out the poems, frame them, and sell them individually. Or I take a book with Star Wars™ art and cut out the pictures and decoupage a dresser and offer it ...
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Display images of trademarked items in blog post product review

A lot of media, both on the web and in many other forms, offers all kind of product reviews to their readers/viewers. Obviously, they use the name of the product, which might be trademarked, to ...
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What are the laws on showing another company's logo in commercial photos?

On a webpage we would like to have a background image demonstrating our product on different devices. The current images we have contain an Intel logo and an iPad (logo not visible but clearly an iPad)...
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How risky is modifying the logos of social media sites?

A lot of websites have social media buttons, which allows users to share the page on various sites. These buttons use the logos of these sites. Most social media sites don't allow third parties to ...
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Use of logo, trademark and brand

Let's say X develops an app that tracks injuries of players who play in the NFL... Questions Can X legally name the app NFL Injury Tracker? (...without infringing on any trademarks, etc.?) What ...
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Use the name of a product for another type of product

I develop software and computer fonts, and have been wondering lately if I could title my software or computer fonts the same name as products that already exist; for example medicinal products and ...
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Am I allowed to use my university's logo?

After graduating from college I am more than relieved to be done. What I am curious about is if it is ok to feature the logo image from my school on social media or perhaps on my personal website ...
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Would Google's Alphabet Inc. have any rights to alpha.bet?

If you own a "Google" trademark, then your sunrise rights to "google" in any of the newly proposed generic TLDs would likely be quite straightforward. However, what about domain hacks? There appears ...
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Use of TV show names on drop shipping website

I'm setting up my own drop shipping business. What are the legalities behind the use of trademarked TV show names? Some of the catogories of products I have for sale would be specific TV show ...
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Would I need permission to make a TV show called “Stackexchange”?

I was thinking about making a TV show about a bunch of teenagers who learn new things everyday from the Stack Exchange sites. Would I need permission to call it "Stackexchange?"
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Is it legal to use a company name that has one word trademarked in the UK?

Is it possible for legal action to be taken in the UK, for example if the word FormatA has been trademarked, and then someone else starts up a company called FormatA Diagnostics Even if the ...
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Can an author of an app use logos that belong to auto manufacturers?

Consider a mobile app related to automobiles. In order to identify the make of a vehicle within the app (in list views, menus, and buttons, for example), the author might choose to use logos that ...
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How to register a descriptive European trademark?

The trademark "TEXT TO BUY" is descriptive and non distinctive trademark. It is descriptive for an obvious reason: it exactly describes the service it is a trademark for. It is a service "to buy" and ...
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Starting a new business in the UK

My partner recently started trying to sell her crafts through Facebook and through a website (that i am in charge of), she hasn't sold much but it has only being going a month, so we weren't expecting ...

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