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Q: If the word "Melanin" is trademarked, can I use it in a combination that has not been trademarked, for a digital design?

Example: "Melanin Dripping"

Is this a legal digital design to sell?

Thank you!

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Brandon M. Selinsky
Brandon M. Selinsky
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: It depends on a few things. First, what goods/services is MELANIN registered for? If the goods/services are the same/similar to whatever your design will be used for, the risk that you are infringing is relatively high. If not, then there might be little to no risk at all. Keep in mind that MELANIN is also a real word referring to pigment. You can (nearly) always use a word for the dictionary definition attached to it. If "melanin dripping" describes your design, you are probably safe to use it.

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