Q: May I make the setting of my novel in a community the name of which has been trademarked?
In the current manuscript draft, the story unfolds in a very large retirement community, the name of which is trademarked. For the sake of this question, let's just say that the trademarked name of the community is Golden Years Estates (it's not!) The novel involves a murder, and the investigation into it to find the murderer. It is a bit of a spoof. Golden Years Estates is merely the setting of the story and my concern is whether I have legal exposure by making Golden Years Estates the setting. Or must I make up a fake name for the setting?
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