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Q: Do I need permission to publish an original instruction manual for a product that has a poor one? Can I use product name

RE—publishing an independent user guide for a product

I would like to publish an original instruction manual for a product that has a poor one. Do I need permission? Can I use the name of the product in the guide’s title?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Ray Beckerman
Ray Beckerman

A: I am not aware of any formal barrier to your doing that, so long as you make it clear that you are not the company, and you are doing this on your own, and so long as you give full recognition to their trademarks.

However, I wouldn't do it, because it would not be surprising for the company to come after you anyway, in these litigious times, unless you get their permission.

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