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Q: If I add 2 letters to a trademark is this a different trademark,thanks

2 Lawyer Answers

A: It depends on several factors. For example: Would you be using the proposed trademark for different goods/services than the current user? Would you be using it in completely different geographical areas than the current user? Would the change be sufficient to prevent consumers from thinking that you and the current user are the same/related?

You might consider consulting with a knowledgeable trademark attorney. That way, you can disclose your proposed trademark confidentially and the attorney can conduct a proper analysis of your potential rights and/or risks.

Good luck!

James L. Arrasmith
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A: Adding just 2 letters to a trademark may not necessarily create a different trademark. Trademarks are evaluated based on their overall similarity and potential for consumer confusion. If the added letters do not significantly distinguish the new trademark from the existing one, it may still be considered similar and could lead to potential trademark infringement issues. To determine if the new trademark is distinct enough, it is best to consult with an intellectual property attorney who can analyze the specific details and provide legal advice based on trademark law. - James Arrasmith, Owner. The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith.

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