Gainesville, VA asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Texas

Q: Regarding copyright or trademark infringement, if I were to make a polo shirt to sell online with the words

If I were to make a polo shirt to sell online with the words “American Express” embroidered on the chest without a logo, and in similar but different font would I be at risk of copyright infringement? As long as it wasn’t printed on any type of financially related things that could mislead someone I would be okay to sell it correct?

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

A: No you would not be O.K. to sell it. "American Express" is likely to be considered a famous mark and probably protected by federal trademark registration. In addition to potential trademark infringement, you might also be at risk for for liability under federal anti-dilution laws.

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