Bellerose, NY asked in Copyright and Trademark for New York

Q: Can my mother get a trademark for the name of a church dance group that she started?

My mother started this church dance group about 10 years ago and recently wanted to get either copyright or trademark protection for the name. Can she actually get a trademark for the name even though she has not formed a separate entity for the dance group?

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Morgen Bowers
Morgen Bowers
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Chatham, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You do not need to have an entity to own a trademark. As long as the name otherwise qualifies for trademark registration, she can own the trademark personally. There is not enough information here to determine if the name would qualify for a trademark registration.

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