La Verne, CA asked in Trademark for California

Q: Was interested in using R2D2 as a part of a business name would that be going to be violating the trademark of R2-D2.

looking up the trademark site its showing as R2-D2 as being trademark but not sure if not using the - make a difference

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Robert Kost
Robert Kost

A: Hello,

Just to answer the narrow question, whether the "-" makes a difference, I'd say: probably not. A federal trademark will generally cover minor (and sometimes significant) variations in spelling.

On the larger question whether you should use it, I'd say it's a conversation with an attorney who knows trademark law.

best regards,

Marcos Garciaacosta agrees with this answer

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta

A: You probably should not do it until you consult with an attorney.

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