Yes, in theory you can. You do not need to first form a business or decide on a business name. However, in order to obtain a registered trademark, you have to actually use the fictional character as a brand and "in commerce" which means that you need to sell things under that brand. And,...Read more »
The trademark process is usually done in two steps. First, you’ll need to perform a clearance search to ensure that the name is available and that there are no “confusingly similar” trademarks. Then, if the name is clear, you can protect the name by submitting a trademark application through...Read more »
Many companies use and register multiple trademarks associated with their brand name(s) and individual product lines. Consult with a trademark attorney to guide you through the process and determine which marks will be used to represent the company's goods/services.
I've been operating as a DJ under a certain name since 2016. I'm small-time, but have been paid to perform and have social media profiles registered under my performance name that have been in use since 2016, although I have never registered a trademark or anything.
My daughter is an artist, photographer, craftswoman, woodworker and a very creative person. She has been selling by word of mouth. She creates and re-purposes many different items putting her flair on them and is attempting to build a brand. She came up with a "company" name and wants to... Read more »
Hi there. This is impossible to answer without more information. I highly suggest contacting a trademark attorney directly to speak about your specific situation. Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss your case.
It may show as dead because of a error in the calendar. A trademark attorney will have to review the history of the mark for information suggestive of your use as a good or a bad idea. You may be infringing if the renewal failure was an oversight.
So I design and print custom sports cards myself and recently I have been getting a lot of interest in them. I understand Panini has the sole rights to create and sell NBA cards. Is there a way to sell the cards I create without infringing on Panini’s rights? I’ve heard altering existing... Read more »
The suggestion is that a TM of "dapper" has expired. the expiration may be an oversight, the mark may still be in use and your use may infringe. Also, is the use of "dapper" with the same or similar goods or services as you propose to use? See an attorney having Trademark Law experience.
Generally speaking, trademark law does afford you additional flexibility in using your own name for your own business under the "fair use" doctrine. But you should still be mindful of any potential "likelihood of confusion" with the other brand. Also, avoid using your name in...Read more »
I have a trademark that was filed and is currently 1a status. Since we converted I would like to update our application. It says documents are required when submitting the conversion online would this be the certificate of conversion or are they looking for a specific type of document?
A Voluntary Amendment form may be filed with the USPTO to request modification and/or addition to an already filed application that the Law Office examining attorney has not yet examined, however the applicant must carefully review the instructions because not all amendments will be accepted.
My name is 4 letters in a unique order, (no existing trademarks). My LOGO for my future website/merchandise, will basically be this same name, designed in a cursive like font (my own handwriting) I initially spoke to a USPTO rep and discovered if I was to theoretically apply for my name and logo... Read more »
My recommendation would be to file two applications, covering two classes each. One for the plain name, covering both apparel and music-related services; and another for stylized name covering the same classes. You should reach out to a qualified trademark attorney like myself to help guide you...Read more »
I come across one settlement and trademark licensing agreement ("STLA") that is governed by the New York, United States law whereby it is signed by both the Licensor and Licensee but it was not stamped. I am not sure what are the formality / pre-requisite for a STLA to be valid and... Read more »
There are no federal trademark applications for this name. But without doing a full search, you should know it is possible someone could be using it without a federal registration. Feel free to drop me a line if you'd like to discuss further!
If a trademark is confusingly similar to another registered trademark and there is a likelihood of confusion for consumers as to the source of the good or services being represented by the trademarks, then the trademark examiner may reject an application for trademark registration. However many...Read more »
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