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Q: if a quote is trademarked, for ex, "rumble, youngman, rumble", can similar but diff quotes be used and trademarked?

If a quote is trademarked, for ex, "rumble, youngman, rumble", can similar but diff quotes be used and trademarked? I would like to implement a slogan for my company but I am worried about using it because it is an alteration to this quote. "jngl, youngman, jngl" - jngl pronounced jungle

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Erik Špila
Erik Špila
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Senec, Slovakia

A: Dear Mrs or Mr,

yes, it is possible, but it depends on a few more variables. Trademark is always registered for a certain territory and certain goods or services. If the older quote trademark is registered for software for instance and your business is going to be about providing restaurant services, then it most probably will not be problem to register such trademark.

However, it also depends on the quote you have chosen.

I would need to see, compare and make a research to advice you how to best proceed. So if you are interested, contact me anytime.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Attorney Spila's post is accurate. I would recommend consulting with an attorney to provide you an opinion and/or research whether the phrase you seek to trademark has already been claimed and/or what similarities there are. You can try looking at the site yourself however if there is a similar phrase already trademarked, then, you should seek the advice of an experienced trademark attorney to see if you should still apply for a trademark of the phrase you seek.

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