Trademarks are differentiated by "Class" -- When you submit an application for a trademark registration, you must specifically identify which stream of commerce you are using your mark, and if the USPTO finds that there is no likelihood of confusion with another existing mark, you will be granted a...Read more »
Maybe. The standard is the likelihood of confusion. Two companies may register and use the same words as their trademark and not be infringing if there is not a likelihood of confusions between the two uses. There is alot of information on my website on the topic.
You need to find out if someone else is using it. The Navy PX is called NEX and would have at least a service mark if not a trademark. There would be a problem if a Court found there was confusion. So I think unless you get their permission that isn't likely but I would suggest you contact a...Read more »
I've been asked to take down a product on my art shop that is listed as "The Boston Marathon" apparently that text or logo is trademarked by the baa. I do not use any of their logos or trademarks on my product, just describe the product as the Boston Marathon. Am I still infringing on their... Read more »
I have been a huge fan of ww1 and ww2 engineering and designs. I love to use military items to create totally new designs that celebrate a famous ship or a plane for example. I also create fictional stories within the ww1/2 era by using famous planes and cars in scenes (like artist James Dietz does... Read more »
As long as you aren't lifting the entire image and photo reproducing it no. You may paint a subject already painted--many art students do this. I'm not seeing the concern. If you are painting an aircraft shown in a photo it's not a copyright violation. I believe you may be over thinking this but...Read more »
I have what may be a ?product line? idea. It's a name to represent spiritually based slogans which can go on anything from refrigerator magnets to T-shirts, etc. I've looked on the government website and got lost in the process of a bunch of forms which may have well been written in Greek. It's too... Read more »
When you trademark a name, I know that variations are covered under the idea that they create conflict but is it possible to list known variations that are used colloquially under the same application or do they all need to be done separately? For example if the official name is Product-X Service... Read more »
In your example, the words "fitness" and "gym" are merely descriptive of the services provides. As such, that portion of your example marks would generally NOT be part of the protected elements. In fact, usually the trademark examiner will ask that the applicant disclaim any rights to such...Read more »
I would need to know more facts to fully answer your questions. Cancellation of a federal trademark registration significantly diminishes the mark owner's rights. Although, it is unsafe to assume that because the mark was cancelled, it is free to use. The owner may have common law rights in the...Read more »
My school was named Philadelphia University but we recently merged with another college and are now named Jefferson. Would I be able to print the old name and logo (Philadelphia University) on shirts and sell them?
You can find out if someone owns a live trademark on "Philadelphia University" by searching the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System. Pennsylvania also has a state trademark registration system, so search there also. If someone owns the trademark, contact...Read more »
It sounds like you are asking how to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Although uspto.gov does have instructions for filing. However, this can be a difficult legal process that should start with a nationwide trademark search and then filing in the proper category. I...Read more »
You do not need to have a trademark to sell. However, the federal trademark does protect the name so others cannot come in and copy it. I would also recommend that you copyright your recipe for the sauce. Good luck!
I want to make cover photos and profile pictures for my friends on FB using a few kits I bought online that sort of resemble disney characters, I contacted disney and they told me to contact an attorney/lawyer to see if my proposed use may run afoul of any laws. I have examples of what I want to do... Read more »
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