Q: I want to release a video game called "Trauma Team". Is there a trademark for this name? Is it available now?

When I checked whether there was a trademark of this name, I came across the game company named "Atlus" released in 2009 with the same name. However, when I researched a little more, I saw that this trademark was canceled in 2021 in several sources. Is this true or will I run into any legal issues if I currently release a game with the name "Trauma Team"?

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A: The trademark registration of Atlus Co., Ltd. for the TRAUMA TEAM mark expired in 2020 for failure to renew. However, if the mark is still being used (despite the registration expiring) you would be infringing by selling similar goods with the same mark.

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