Friendsville, TN asked in Copyright and Trademark for Tennessee

Q: If "vols" is trademarked by UTK, as a word mark, is it legal for me to have that in a company name without UTKpermission

I'm a designer and am designing a logo for a company called Southside Vols Nutrition, and wanted to make sure that I'm not infringing on an existing logo work mark when I start into this thing. Any insight would be helpful! Thanks.

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Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Helotes, TX

A: Hi there! Thanks for reaching out. You may be able to trademark that logo if it is different enough from all of the trademarks owned by UTK. It also depends on if "vols" is considered a "famous mark."

I would definitely suggest speaking with a trademark attorney to do more research and complete a trademark search before registration for your best chances of success.

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