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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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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On using a trademark (e.g. “lego”) in the name of an unrelated scientific work

[Premise: the question uses "lego" to illustrate the concept but it is meant to ask about any general situation of this type] Question: Is there anything problematic in using the term "lego" in the ...
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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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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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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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Can I use nodejs logo as part of my course cover?

I'm starting a course about building website backends with NodeJS and I was wondering is it legal to use the NodeJS logo as part of my course cover?
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Featured on Google- Is it legal?

This is not a duplicate of Is it legal to display third-party logos as part of “As featured in” on sites/printed ads without their consent?, but related to this. I have a website. If my websites was ...
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“Like Facebook, only better” - Can I legally use this in marketing?

"Like Facebook, only better" - Can I legally use this in advertising for my website. Is it possible to do so without getting sued?
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Is it legal to use a person's name for a commercial purpose if it is a household name?

As an example, could I make a company called "Einstein Electronics" or "Houdini Locks" (probably not a great name for a lock company) or something without getting permission from the named persons, ...
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Guidelines for product name protection

What are the necessary steps to protect a product name for a subscription based cloud application? Primarly I want to target the EU-market, though theoretically the product could be used worldwide. ...
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Can I use a (undeveloped) trademark or business name as part of a longer name for my business?

There is a Website (for the sake of discussion) called www.maxgrav.com. The site has no content except a landing page (with no discussion on what the product is), which hasn't changed since 2011. ...
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UN- REVIVABLE in Trademarks [duplicate]

Status/Status date:12/19/2014: Continued use not filed within grace period, UN-REVIVABLE In US does that mean registrant can never register this trademark? Can another entity register this mark for ...
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Is it legal to write and sell Instructions on how to play board games?

For every board game that I am learning, I am writing 1-3 page instructions about the game and how to set up the game and play it. Having 3 page summary of instructions (as opposed to 20 pages) ...
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Website shows which Powerball ticket combos have been picked

Recently it has been big news that the Powerball lottery has grown to record jackpot sizes and if no winner by Saturday it could hit 2 billion dollars. There are roughly 2.92 million possible ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Trade Marks Act 1999: How to respond to objection as per Section 9(1) (b)

This is with reference to Section 9(1) (b) of the Trade Marks Act 1999. I got an objection regarding my trademark application under the above section. The examination reports it as : The above ...
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Does a vendor need to research trademarks of material a client wants to use?

Suppose I operate a T-Shirt print shop at a mall. Customers can come in and buy one of the displayed T-Shirts or they can go to my website, upload a photo and come to the store to pick up a T-Shirt ...
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Can I reproduce a trademarked logo in my blog?

I have a blog about marketing. I am writing a new post where I talk about different Apple logos. Can I make a screen shot from Apple website and include that image in my blog? I just want to ...
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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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Can Donald Trump sue if I use his name in my product name?

I have an app that I want to call "Donald Trump". Now that Donald Trump is a political figure, is it okay to name my app after him (first amendment)? Or does he have a trademark or something over his ...
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Is it legal to use the TM symbol?

I am making a game, and I have a worries is it legal to use the Trademark Symbol in the logo of the game?
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Cybersquatter posted my domain for sale after I queried it - can I still file a UDRP?

I'm in a situation where a cybersquatter holds a domain name that I have trademarked. My company "Example Ltd" is based in the UK, and we've been established under our brand name for over 30 years. ...
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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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Can the phrase “who is on my wifi?” be protected from use by others?

I own a app called "who is on my wifi?" which offers a functionality you can guess, giving you list of devices connected to your wifi router. There is one similar app which is older than mine and ...
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Can two companies have the same name if they are from unrelated industries?

I've been trying to figure out a name for my new videogame company - and just when I thought that I got the perfect idea, a quick google search shows me there is a small business in the UK with that ...
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Can we use Marines' sign for personal signature?

So I'm asking here as a normal person, not as Marine Corps. So as a marine fan, is it possible (legal) to add Marines' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) sign before your name in the end of documents or ...
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Can I use the copyright symbol and rights statement if I haven't registered the copyright?

Am I legally allowed to put the (C) Copyright, all rights reserved text at the bottom of my website, if I have a logo that I own but have not registered the copyright or trademark in the logo in ...
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What does “materially different” mean?

My father is an artist who is considering building a sculpture for an organization. as part of the contract he is prohibited from making copies of the sculpture in the future, or any works that are ...
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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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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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Can I use a cancelled trademark if the owner is still manufacturing the product?

I recently stumbled upon a product patented in the 1950's--let's say it's a beard comb called the "Drongle" After the patent expired, another company trademarked "Drongle" in 2006 and began selling ...
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Do I need a copyright symbol or similar when referencing program names?

DISCLAIMER I am writing a paper for school and while I won't get in trouble for forgetting the copyright symbol I am interested in the use of it in case I need it on a more professional basis. I am ...
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Can people distribute trademarked/copyright products if they aren't monetized?

If I made a bunch of Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals or screen printed a bunch of t-shirts with pictures from Godzilla films or something, would I be infringing on copyrights/trademarks if I ...
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Is it legal to use pictures of trademarks?

My question is a little confusing; let me explain. The famous logo "I(heart)NY" is legally protected. You can't legally use it without permission. Yet I've found several pictures of public domain ...
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Is it legel to sell used bikes online as a business?

I am thinking about buying used bikes from China, shipping them to the US and selling them online. I would like to sell branded used bikes. Is this legal? Are there particular copyright or customs ...
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Is it trademark infringement if you put the word 'not' in front?

If someone were to start using a trademarked company name with the word 'not' in front of it would it infringe their trademark? e.g. a company is called 'foo' and their name is trademarked and ...
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Would “Puff Daddy” sue if I call my social media thing “Puff”?

thank you for reading! I want to name something after part of a rapper name. So that I don't give away the name, I will use "Puff Daddy" as an example and I want my product to be "Puff" as an example ...
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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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Common Law Trademark vs Registered Trademark

Consider the following statement: Registration gives you [Person A] the right to use your trademark nationwide. That right is limited if someone else [Person B] was using the same mark in a ...
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What constitutes a series of books for trademark purposes?

I'm working on a series of books that I plan on publishing only as epubs (e.g. Kindle). Just as books are marketed as "Penguin" or "Alfred Knopf," I'd like to get a trademark that I can list on my ...
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How do I go about using a game title that already exists but does not appear to be trademarked?

I want to release my game on several platforms however the title I really want to use is already being used by an individual. The creator made their game through a "Game Jam". This is when one or ...
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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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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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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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