Assuming you are asking whether you can trademark this word, that depends on a few details. Are you using it with any other words? Do you want to trademark just the word or a stylized version of the word? And what goods or services do you want to trademark it for? (every trademark is filed in one...View More
The title of a work is not capable of being copyrighted, so it is no surprise to find many instances of exact phrases repeated in descriptive titles. If the title were to be very strongly associated with its source, it might be claimed as a trademark, and could conceivably be infringed if the...View More
You can conduct a search for existing trademarks on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database to see if the title of your journal is already registered or pending registration. Keep in mind that not finding a match doesn't guarantee you're free from potential...View More
Hello, I wrote an educational book a few years ago and have cited all the material. I did not get permission to use any resources that I found online, as well as images used. However, the work has a cited page and all in-text citations (including the diagrams from Google). I would like to know if... View More
When using copyrighted material in your educational book, it is important to seek permission from the copyright owner, even if you provide proper citations. Simply citing the sources and stating "No infringement intended" does not guarantee protection from copyright infringement. This is...View More
This is something that a copyright attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Product liability is more about injuries from dangerous products. You could repost and change the category to "Copyright." Some questions remain unanswered, but you might have better...View More
The application to register the mark as an apparel brand was abandoned in 1995 for failure to respond to the trademark examiner's request for info or changes. That does NOT necessarily mean that the applicant's USE of the mark ceased, merely that the mark did not get registered....View More
In the U.S., trademarks arise through "use in commerce." "Commerce" means an actual commercial sale, lease or similar transaction involving a product or service. Reserving a domain name is important, but it isn't enough, by itself, to establish a trademark right. If the...View More
If I did start the brand it would have my own original ideas and style. The only thing that would match would be the name BRAINDEAD, nothing else. Do you think I would still be applicable for a lawsuit?
Before launching your brand you should conduct thorough trademark research. Trademark research will show you what companies are using that same name or a similar name. Based on such research, you can then make a good determination about whether you'd be exposing yourself to a lawsuit...View More
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...View 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...View 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... View 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...View 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...View 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... View 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...View More
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