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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“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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Use of trademarked logos for an online resumee/cv

StackOverflow just introduced the developer stories. When filling out your own story, you have the possibility to add a logo for each position (in a company) you held or each institution (e.g. your ...
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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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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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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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Can trademark attorneys advertise in UK?

In some countries, it's illegal for trademark and patent attorneys to advertise. Is it also the case in the UK?
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Can I use a branded product name and/or product pictures in their retail packaging in my paid cooking video?

I'm making cooking videos of my own recipes for selling on line. In order to help viewers replicate my recipes exactly, I'd like to: Refer to brand-name ingredients in my video, e.g., "Great Value ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can two companies have names that are similar in EU?

Can two companies that are offering the same services in Benelux have similar company names? Both company names have been registered with www.BOIP.
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Can you trademark a phrase consisting of common words?

Could someone trademark a fairly common string of words, like "This is Your Life" or "Ask [Name]"? My question specifically regards to the naming a podcast — not naming a business. There is a podcast ...
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Legal aspects of using trademarks for sponsorship in free computer games

Because I am a layman, I ask that you excuse my plain language when expressing myself. Hypothetical situation: An open-source car racing game has multiple skins (paintjobs) for each car. The car ...
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Legal considerations when choosing a mobile app name

We have written what I anticipate to be a fairly popular mobile app in the DIY mechanic category. We are in the alpha implementation/testing phase for google play, and discovered the name we chose for ...
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When does a trademark become enforceable?

From reading on the USPTO website, a trademark seems to go through a standard series of stages: filing, examination, publication, registration. At what point can the individual who filed the ...