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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Montana on
Q: I want to name my app "" however it's being used as a domain by "". Am I still able to use this name?

It is not a registered business or trademark. They only have the domain name.

Sean Goodwin
Sean Goodwin
answered on Mar 21, 2024

This is potentially a problem.

Trademark infringement is based on a likelihood of confusion. If you are providing a good or service that is similar to someone else and using the same name, then there could be confusion as to the source of the goods/services.

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Q: Trademarks Sheepdog Up and Shaka Gear Both shown as abandoned. What is the process for our Corp to take ownership
David Aldrich
David Aldrich
answered on Sep 21, 2023

If an application for a mark is abandoned, you are free to just file your own application for that mark. If you are already using the mark in commerce, you can file a use application. If not, but you plan to in the near future, you can file an intent-to-use application.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark, Business Formation and Copyright for Montana on
Q: What are some ways I can check on the legal rights I have to a potential name for a developing small business?

I am interested in starting a freelance writing business. I recently learned that before I can proceed with the name I will need to confirm that the name is not at all infringing on any copyright laws. I am pretty new to this stuff and I'd really appreciate some advice for how to go about... View More

Will Blackton
Will Blackton
answered on Dec 8, 2017

Short phrases and names are generally not protected by copyright law. What you're probably thinking of is trademark infringement - the key question being, will your name confuse consumers, that is, might consumers believe that your company is affiliated with or endorsed by E. B. White, Harper... View More

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Q: Trying to federally trademark my brewery name, Montana Brewing. Would I be rejected due to trademarks on other names...

such as Montana Mountain Brewing, or say Big Montana Brewing, that already exist? Based on my research this seems to be a grey area in trademarks.

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III
answered on Nov 29, 2017

Given the industry is the same and the similarity of the names, there is a fair chance it could be rejected. However, a trademark attorney would need to review each registration and know more about each business to give a definitive answer. The type of registration also matters, eg. is it a... View More

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