Rochester, NY asked in Copyright and Trademark for New York

Q: Can I use a word that is part of a trademarked phrase for my artist name when I release music?

The word is (Lyoko) and is part of the trademarked phrase "Code Lyoko". The trademark for Code Lyoko does not include music production or releases, so does this mean I would be okay because it's a different industry?

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John Martin Hilla
John Martin Hilla
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Livonia, MI

A: Your best bet is to come up with a name or brand this is totally unique and original. However, you should discuss your proposed trademark with a knowledgeable trademark attorney.

Most trademark attorneys practice nationally, so you should feel free to discuss your artist name with an attorney regardless of location. Most offer free consultations, and, some, like myself, offer them telephonically.

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