A mark that is primarily merely a surname is not registrable. Branco is a surname. If it has no other distinctive meaning other than being a surname, the application to register it as trademark will be denied.
It depends. You may be able to file under either name (the short name or the long name) but you would need to perform a clearance search to see exactly how everything was filed and then make a determination based on that. With trademark clearances, we would look at names that are the same but also...Read more »
If someone has the exact mark trademarked you run a high risk of infringement. But it’s possible you could have good counter arguments depending on a number factors. For example, knowing how LK uses this mark in commerce would be highly determinative.
If i make a company that has a similar but different spelling in the name than one that is currently copyrighted or trademarked, could i possibly be sued? I have no affiliation with said company nor do i sell or copy anything of said company, just two similar names. There is a trademark for the... Read more »
It's really just a modification I've made to stuffed animals, that started out as a game mechanic. I just really want to make sure that if someone manufactures it that they won't stop me from using the design. Making some money off of it wouldn't hurt either but it is secondary.
You may want to consider protecting your toy with a patent, assuming your modifications to existing toys are novel and non-obvious. You will need a patent attorney to help you assessing the patentability of your toy and preparing and filing the patent application.
I'm a designer and am designing a logo for a company called Southside Vols Nutrition, and wanted to make sure that I'm not infringing on an existing logo work mark when I start into this thing. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks.
There are many factors that are taken into account on a claim of trademark infringement. Generally speaking, trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark in connection with goods and/or services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake among consumers...Read more »
If I download a photo of actors or musicians or other public persons and edit it to make it look like a sketch or art, that makes it look significantly different, can I use it for commercial projects like T-Shirts or Mugs?
Given that most famous people have the Right to Publicity, meaning how they exploit their own fame, you will not be able to use their likeness without their permission. Best to consult with local business/intellectual property counsel to understand fully what the Right to Publicity entails.
Because all of those characters are either protected under copyright on trademark, your proposed activity would result in infringement. To help you better understand the implications of such intellectual property rights, both the Copyright Office and USPTO have excellent informative websites. I...Read more »
I am the inventor of web cam covers of which I have a provisional application. I'm looking for an attorney to assist in possible litigation, an attorney of whom will take a contingency case. This has already been proved I have a rock solid case. Davison or invention land tried stealing my idea... Read more »
Sorry, but there is very little chance of any attorney taking your case. For several reasons.
Firstly, just because you've filed a provisional application, does not mean that you have a patent. You need to file a regular application, prosecute it, and have the patent issue before you...Read more »
If you filed a design mark application with a color specimen and registered it with color, the registration protects that specific design exactly as filed. Changing the color will remove the design or logo from the umbrella of protection offered by the USPTO registration.
I’m not sure what you’re asking exactly. If your asking if the second name infringes on the first, the answer is possibly. It depends on the class of goods and services. If you’re asking if they infringe another mark, I would have to know what that mark is to be able to better assist you.
A friend of mine and some others have had their products pulled from their online stores because of trademark on the word Heathen. Heathen is the name of a religion and spiritual practice followed and used by countless people and religious organizations around the world. How could someone have been... Read more »
Congratulations on your new venture! I hope that it is a great success.
You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first...Read more »
My business name is similar to another business’s name, but I am unsure whether it is similar enough to constitute trademark infringement. Example of the situation I am facing (not actual company names): Company A is named Bob’s Cupcakes. Company B is named Bob Smith’s Cupcakes. Would... Read more »
An attorney would need to know much more than just the two names to answer this questions. There are a variety of factors to consider, such as the similarity of products and how the two marks are presented to consumers. It is also important to know who used the mark first and what is claimed in...Read more »
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