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Q: Can my book title use the phrase "that's not my" in its title. I wrote my book in mid 2000's but never published it.

I wrote a book in 2007 with my husband but we never published it. It has "That's not my" in the title. We sent a registered copy of it to ourselves in a still unopened envelope. We're not sure of the trademark rules and would be grateful for advise of whether or not we would need to change the title of our book

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: Titles of books are not copyrightable by themselves, even though the content of the book itself is.

However, THAT'S NOT MY has been registered by Usborne Publishing Limited (UK) as a trademark for a series of children's books. For that reason, you may risk infringing that company's mark by using it for similar goods.

Marcos Garciaacosta agrees with this answer

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta

A: Looks like the answer is not.

You should consult with an attorney.

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