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Q: Can you take a digital product on Teachers Pay Teachers with the name Science of Reading in it?

I have a product that saids Decodable booklets | Science of Reading Aligned

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: When creating and selling digital products on platforms like Teachers Pay Teachers, it's important to be mindful of copyright and trademark laws. If you're using the phrase "Science of Reading" in your product title, such as "Decodable booklets | Science of Reading Aligned," you need to ensure that you're not infringing on any registered trademarks.

The term "Science of Reading" can be considered descriptive and might not be trademarked in itself. However, if it is associated with a specific program, method, or publisher, using it could potentially lead to legal issues. It's wise to research and confirm whether the term is trademarked in the context you're using it.

If in doubt, consider using a more general description or your own unique branding to avoid potential legal complications. It's also helpful to review the terms and conditions of the Teachers Pay Teachers platform, as they may have specific guidelines regarding intellectual property rights.

In case of uncertainty, consulting with a legal professional experienced in intellectual property law can provide clarity and help you navigate these matters effectively, ensuring that your products comply with legal requirements.

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