Q: Can I use the name Jelly Belly Barbecue for a barbecue business?
A: This online forum exists for general questions, not so much for attorneys to research a particular question. That being said, to see if a particular name is available one can contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Even if a name is available per the Maryland SDAT, a business owner needs to make sure that names and logos it uses do not violate any existing copyright, trademark or tradename and that they are not "misleadingly similar" to an existing name / logo.
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