Prineville, OR asked in Copyright for Oregon

Q: Hi there, Can I use the title of a poem for a company name? The Poem is from a published book.

And the name is not in the trademark database that I can tell.

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: It is really impossible for any attorney to provide a comprehensive response without knowing what the name is. The state will literally let you register just about any name if no one else is using it. Trademark though is much harder to provide an answer, though if your search via TESS found nothing, odds are you will not have an issue. But, better to consult with an attorney to be more certain before investing much money in starting a company and branding it.

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