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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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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Is there a fair use exception for trademarks?

The copyright law has the famous fair-use exception, where you can legally use some parts of copyrighted works without having to pay any royalties to, or ask any permission from, the copyright holder. ...
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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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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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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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Can “Dumb Starbucks” be legally considered Fair Use as satire or parody?

About a year ago, a new, familiar-looking coffee shop opened in LA. Their reasoning for this was, basically, that it's making fun of the popular coffeehouse chain and is thus fair use: Naturally, it ...
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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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Do IP laws (trademark, etc) make web domain addresses containing celebrity names illegal?

This question pertains specifically to intellectual property laws as interpreted in USA. For the sake of discussion here are 3 fictional web domains, each including a celebrity name but each with a ...
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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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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.?) ...
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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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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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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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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 safe for a start-up to use ProductName derived from big corporation Product™ name?

We are thinking on product name for our niche software product targeting users of big corporation technology with "PRODUCT™" name (sorry it is obfuscated for now). As we don't compete with this ...
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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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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 I use the ® symbol in the play store for a trademark registered in the Benelux?

When publishing an app in the Google Play store, I would like to use the ® symbol for the name of a product that is not registered as a trademark in the USA, but it has been registered as such in the ...
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What is a “printed computer program” from a legal perspective?

When asking a computer scientist, I received a clear answer: does not exist. However from a legal perspective, "printed computer programs" do exist and a can be chosen as a class for CTM registration. ...
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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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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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Status of a trademarked but public domain work of fiction

There is a series of books published in the early 20th century. Copyright on at least some of them have expired; they are in the public domain, and are being widely republished. However, the ...