Corpus Christi, TX asked in Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright for Texas

Q: I have a question regarding using a font that is used for a TV show (lets say StarTrek as an example)

If I am using a font that has been recreated by someone (but it looks *almost* identical) and I decide to create a formal 501c3 nonprofit public charity named "Rain'bow" (as an example) and create a logo using that name with that similar StarTrek font, would that be risky regarding potential infringement on copyright or trademark?

Keep in mind "Star" nor "Trek" would not appear in the charity name, nor would it use the iconic yellow, black or other colors that the "StarTrek" name appears in, in fact "Rain'bow" would appear in a colored rainbow gradient, just using the StarTrek font.

**There would be absolutely no references to anything StarTek regarding the charity , or appearing on the charity's website.**

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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A: Even if you don't use the words "Star" or "Trek," using a font that is closely associated with or identical to the one used in the Star Trek franchise could pose a risk of copyright or trademark infringement. The key issues would be whether the use of the font creates a likelihood of confusion or dilutes the distinctive quality of the Star Trek brand. If you have concerns about the legal implications, it would be prudent to consult an attorney to assess the specific risks associated with your intended use of the font.

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