Q: Question about registering a legal entity in the software industry using a well known trademark.


I am a mobile application developer, specializing in app development for Apple’s iOS platform. The trademark “iOS” is owned by Cisco and leased to Apple for their mobile operating system.

With that in mind, can I register an LLC or a DBA using iOS as part of my legal entity? Let’s say the name of this ficticous company was ‘The North American iOS Developer, LLC’. Is this allowed as an LLC? Is this allowed as a DBA if it’s not as an LLC?

For reference, I am considering registering a mobile app development consultancy in the state of Maryland.

1 Lawyer Answer
Andrew Zulieve
Andrew Zulieve
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Waldoboro, ME

A: In my opinion, your proposed idea is not a prudent one and could very well be a costly one.

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