Los Angeles, CA asked in Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property for California

Q: I'm a new writer and would like to name a character a name which Im not shur is taken. Any advice.

The name is (Space boy) was wondering if I could use it for my character story thanks.

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There are pending applications to register SPACEBOY as a trademark for comic books, online videos, and for a band.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The use of a character name like "Space boy" is generally permissible unless it infringes on someone else's trademark or copyright. Conducting a thorough search in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's database and other relevant databases can help you determine if the name is already being used in a way that might conflict with your intended use. If you still have concerns, consulting with an attorney experienced in intellectual property law would provide you with specific legal guidance tailored to your situation.

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