The USPTO handles federal trademark registration. However if this other trademark is registered, adding just a few letters to the name name may not be enough to overcome a likelihood of confusion refusal particularly if the marks are used in the same or related class/categories. Consult with a...Read more »
Maybe. If the other product is patented, it might act as a "blocking" patent against your product. This can occur if a claim of the patented product "reads on" your end-product (e.g., if your product has each and every element, or substantial equivalent, of one of the related...Read more »
I wrote a business plan in November 2017 for a ready-to-drink nootropic coffee beverage. I planned on using the name Cognitive Coffee and have emails documenting this. I now want to start the company but on April 15, 2019 Terrasoul Superfoods trademarked Cognitive Coffee for a powdered coffee with... Read more »
Creating a business plan won't constitute the "use" required by the statute for a trademark registration. The USPTO will likely issue a refusal because the goods are similar and the likelihood of confusion would exist. Please feel free to call or email me if I can assist you further.
I own two-word domain name as an example, "GuideExample.com," I purchased this domain many years ago due to the name "GuideExample" it was first used by the previous company in 2002 to sell digital products and services till May 2008.
When you say "first used by the previous company" did you purchase the business and the goodwill that went along with it? If not, the use date is based on your first use of the mark in commerce. You can't stack your use on the use of someone else if they are not a predecessor in...Read more »
Class 35 generally concerns advertising and business management. Not sure what aspect of a car club would fit within that category/description to find an appropriate specimen. You might want to speak with local trademark counsel to identify what would be the correct class and whether class 35 is...Read more »
If I am actively developing a video game for downloadable platforms, do I have to wait until I am actually selling my game to register my mark or is announcing the project/maintaining a web presence/updating a devblog enough to constitute "use"?
I want to incorporate the names of the local universities mascots into my designs. I have already contacted the 4 major Az universities and they are interested but they suggested I contact companies that already have their permission/ license to print to save me money because of the Universities... Read more »
Copyright protects original works of authorship, whereas a trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
If you haven't done so, you should register your copyright with...Read more »
A trademark provides protection for a name, logo, slogan, etc., as it is used in conjunction with the sale of particular products and/or services. It is quite possible to have multiple trademarks that are the same or similar coexisting in the market, as long as there is no reasonable likelihood of...Read more »
Understand that, in order to have viable trademark rights, either at the state or federal level, the user of a particular mark does not actually have to register their mark. This, then, makes it somewhat difficult for you to know the scope of any rights they may or may not have. If they actually...Read more »
Before you start your business you should speak with an intellectual property attorney. You may need licenses from Disney, Marvel and others to use their memorabilia, trade names, trade marks, etc. If you do not do this properly, you run the risk of being sued. A lawsuit could ruin a new...Read more »
I am a custom watchmaker who creates dials and watches. I have designed an absolutely unique way to track and read the time of day on a watch dial. This design could be used in clocks also. Here is my question: Can this unique dial configuration be trademarked or maybe copyrighted so that others... Read more »
To fully answer your question I would need to know more about the function of the dial configuration. The design may be protected by copyright law if it is not functional. However, the scope of copyright protection may be narrow, leaving room for others to design around your dial. From your...Read more »
The most important issue, though not the only one, is whether there is or is not a reasonable likelihood of confusion with the relevant consumer market. Thus, in general, the more similar the names, the higher the likelihood of confusion, the more similar the products, the higher likelihood of...Read more »
There are a lot of variables here that you have not provided, so understand that this answer is making some general comments that may not apply to your exact circumstance. So, in basic terms, multiple businesses can use the exact same name/trademark without conflict so long as there is not a...Read more »
If a competitior has their goods trademarked as a certain shade of blue and our goods is a different shade of blue, would that be considered infringment of their trademark? for example their product is orange and teal blue and ours is orange and royal blue. We currently do not have a trademark to... Read more »
Generally speaking, colors can be trademarked. Also, general speaking, whether a trademark is infringing depends on whether there is a likelihood of confusion, and that's a fact-specific analysis. A lot more information is needed to determine whether your mark would potentially infringe on...Read more »
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