Q: Can I use a patented saying on my own design or do I have to buy the use of the saying?
A: Sayings or phrases themselves cannot be patented; patents cover inventions and processes. However, sayings can be trademarked or copyrighted, depending on the context. If a saying is trademarked or copyrighted, you would need permission or a license to use it in your design to avoid infringement.
A: You are likely referring to a trademark, as phrases can't be patented. If the phrase is trademarked, you would need the permission of the trademark owner to use it on similar goods/services. If you plan to use the phrase for something very different, then you may not need permission. You should consult a qualified trademark attorney, who can help you determine if the phrase is indeed trademarked and/or whether you are free to use it in the way you want.
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