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Q: How could I request a refund for the transaction that did not take place?

We filed a patent application through a lawyer. The lawyer said it is suitable for the name we applied for. you can get this name. He said and we made the application. Then, 9 months later, the officer in the trade mark told us that 2 items were canceled due to name similarity with another company.... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp answered on Mar 29, 2022

The attorney should not have given unqualified assurance that the mark could be registered merely on the basis of an initial search. Applications to register trademarks are reviewed by a USPTO examining attorney about six months after submission, and in your case apparently the examining attorney... Read more »

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Q: "be kind" is trademarked for hoodies. Could I use this trademark in a phrase. For example, "choosing to be kind".

and put it on a hoodie for sale?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 15, 2021


Consult with an attorney before doing anything

Q: "fair use" Example: I make a cake to sell and hand draw an NFL logo on it. Can I post a picture on instagram?

I am trying to understand fair use and social media. If I were to make an edible product and hand create in icing an image of a trademark such as an NFL logo, video game character, or other trademarked image can I put the image of my final product on instagram? I am not selling the exact edible... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Oct 6, 2021

No. You shouldn't do that. It would be difficult to argue that what you are describing is fair use.

Some people selling trademarked products do not get caught, say, when they sell their products at a neighborhood picnic, but NFL has lots of people making sure that their trademarks...
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Q: How do I contact a trademark holder to speak with him/her about buying his/her trademark?
Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Aug 7, 2020

You can look up any federally-registered trademark at the USPTO site, Once you find the trademark, you can click on the registration number to find who owns the trademark, and that person's or company's contact information.

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Q: Can I register the Trademark "No Fear"?

I want to start a hat company and name the company No Fear. Can do I that?

William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman answered on Jul 9, 2020

Most likely not as that could be considered a 'famous trademark' with an existing registration. But for a greater level of certainty, you may consider requesting a full trademark search and legal opinion. Please call or email with any further questions.

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Q: What can I do about a cease and desist email regarding a trademark?

Been resolved - thank you!

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on May 4, 2020

You want to enlist the help of an attorney with a cease and desist. Trademark owners have to police their mark so some will for infringement when the cease and desist letters go unanswered while others may not.

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Q: Are there any copyright or trademark issues in using "There's no place like home" in the headline of an advertisement?

Thank you for your answer. This advertisement is for a university and recruiting purposes.

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams answered on Feb 11, 2020

Such phraseology falls under trademarks. Whether your use of "there is no place like home" for an advertisement will be problematic, depends on the products for which you are advertising. There are 15 live registrations in the USPTO with the phrase, or some variation thereof, in use. If... Read more »

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Q: Is it allowed to use logos of automotive companies in the commercial video? The video shows the progress of the industry

I'm a video editor and was hired to make an internal use video for one company that wants to expand their business. As a part of the video, we need short animation showing the race for electrification in the automotive industry. I need to include logos of the GM, TESLA, NISSAN, and other... Read more »

Andrew Zulieve Esq
Andrew Zulieve Esq answered on Dec 17, 2018

Although such use may not amount to a trademark (or perhaps copyright) infringement, my suggestion is to contact each company and obtain their written authorizations to use their respective logos.

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Q: Revive or refile?

I would like to revive a trademark that I abandoned, but I would like to change the ownership as well as my partner is no longer with the business. And it was a messy breakup, so I would like to avoid involving them if I can. Would it be better for me to re-apply for this trademark under different... Read more »

Michael Gerity
Michael Gerity answered on Nov 8, 2017

The timeline for reviving an abandoned trademark is really quite short (generally only 2 months if you received the notice and a max of 6 months if you didn't, unless you can show that the abandonment was due to a PTO error). How long ago was the prior mark deemed abandoned? If it is still... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, International Law and Trademark for District of Columbia on
Q: I am an American citizen and want to trademark and artist's name in Canada - can I do that?

I would like to do it as an intent to use, seeing as right now there's no music to release. That being said, it would be great to start using the name as soon as possible and register it as the name for a registered songwriter/artist in Canada. Is it possible to trademark the same name in the... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Nov 7, 2017

Yes, a US citizen can register a trademark in both the United States and Canada. There are international treaties that allow US trademark owners to extend their trademark rights to other countries and vice versa. You should speak with a trademark attorney on how to register your mark.

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Q: how much does it cost to trademark a name

Im currently interested in trademarking my name / brand for higher purposes.

Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III answered on Sep 8, 2017

To obtain a trademark you will incur filing fees of $225 to $400 per class, attorneys fees, and search costs. The attorneys fees and search costs can very significantly depending on the attorney and the extent of the search. Many lawyers will provide trademark registration services for a flat fee... Read more »

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Q: How do I go about trademarking an Music Artist/Musician name?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 7, 2016

Get in touch with a Trademark lawyer, as it can be tricky doing it yourself via the US PTO. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice nor does it create any Attorney-Client... Read more »

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