Elizabeth, NJ asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey

Q: Is using a word from a another company as my brand considered copyright

There is a skincare and tech company that use the word MERAKI and I’m planning to use the same word for my clothing brand. Is that considered copyright. I have a different logo though

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Emmanuel Coffy
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  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Maplewood, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: First, your issue falls under trademark rather than copyright. Second, why do you want to use a word associated with an existing company? You may be able to obtain a mark due to your logo, but it is not the best approach. You should strive to come-up with a unique name for your company and/or product.

For your interest read my article using this link: https://www.coffylaw.com/resources/blog/how-name-your-business-digital-age/

Good luck!

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