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Q: Are there any copyright or trademark issues in using "There's no place like home" in the headline of an advertisement?

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A: Such phraseology falls under trademarks. Whether your use of "there is no place like home" for an advertisement will be problematic, depends on the products for which you are advertising. There are 15 live registrations in the USPTO with the phrase, or some variation thereof, in use. If you are launching a larger ad campaign, you should speak with an IP attorney first to clear use of any slogans.

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