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Q: Is the word Krayola Trademarked
Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 10, 2020

It would depend on what you are trying to sell under that name. You would not be able to sell crayons, markers, etc because it is too close to Crayola. But you may be able to sell other items or services under that name.

You should speak to a trademark attorney about your specific situation.

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Q: Which trademark class do I need?

I am starting a youtube channel containing instructional and entertaining videos about homebrewing (beer, wine, etc...). The channel will be owned by my parent llc. I'm looking into trademarking the parent companies name and logo. Which class of trademark do i want to use? Class 33 for... Read more »

Julia Lang
Julia Lang answered on Nov 10, 2020

Arguably, the most crucial pieces of any trademark application are the selection of the appropriate filing classes and the proper description of goods and/or services within those classes. They are also commonly the subject of refusals by the USPTO. I highly recommend consulting a trademark... Read more »

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Q: Can I not use the word Crayola?

Well I sell makeup I just thought the name would be great fit ! What if I flip the C to a K or use the word crayon

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 7, 2020

It depends on how you are wanting to use the word. Are you wanting to sell crayons under the name Crayola? That's definitely not allowed. However, there are many other ways that you could legally use the word Crayola depending on what you are trying to do or sell. Also, the protections here... Read more »

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Q: I just found out the name that I've been using for years is trademarked already, but is spelled different. Can I still

Can I still trademark and use the name even though the spelling is different? Another thing the logos are totally different.

Floyd Edwin Ivey
Floyd Edwin Ivey answered on Oct 19, 2020

Infringement is similarity in sight or sound for similar goods or services. Many factors exist - when did you first use - are the goods / services similar - where is the opposing using the mark - how do you use the mark?

You will have to see counsel who will have to see all...
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Q: Can I send a cease and desist to someone who has a name similar to my company's even though my trademark is live

My trademark application is live and pending yet I recently realized someone with a similar name like mine, they just changed the last letter on the word, so instead of Y they replaced it with an E. So can I send a cease and desist even though my application is pending yet live? The other company... Read more »

Floyd Edwin Ivey
Floyd Edwin Ivey answered on Oct 18, 2020

The use of a mark which is similar in sight and sound used for similar goods and or services is infringement. Is the other mark used for sale of similar goods and or services?

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Q: I need to continue with my trademark registrations because it shows like this Status: 602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond

i have a musical band, but it shows Status: 602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond Or Late Response what do i need to do to get my trademark active?

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Sep 22, 2020

It depends on how long it has been abandoned. It is possible to revive if it has not been too long. I have revived several abandoned applications in the past, so if you would like some help, feel free to reach out!

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Texas on
Q: I need to continue with my trademark registrations because it shows like this Status: 602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond

i have a musical band, but it shows Status: 602 - Abandoned-Failure To Respond Or Late Response what do i need to do to get my trademark active?

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Sep 11, 2020

A trademark application may show a status of abandoned for failure to respond to an office action correspondence from the USPTO. Depending on how long it has been since the notice of abandonment was sent, you may be able to file a Petition to Revive the application along with the required... Read more »

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Q: How can I register or claim trademark
Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Aug 26, 2020

Trademarks may be registered with a state or federally with the USPTO. Consult with a trademark attorney to assist you with clearance search and application process.

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Q: What if your name is Email Bios? Could you copyright or trademark the name or names?
Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Aug 18, 2020

It depends on what goods and services you're using the name for. If the name is descriptive, it will likely get rejected.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Texas on
Q: Can someone patent, trademark, or copywrite their first, middle, and/or last name?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Aug 18, 2020

Not a candidate for a patent.

35 USC 101 Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title....
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Q: I am considering trademarking a brand/concept for my business. If another person or company is using the name and

it is not trademarked, will my new trademark ownership supersede their existing use?

Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Aug 7, 2020

I hate to say it, but that really depends on the circumstances. A company may have common law trademark rights if it has not registered a trademark with the USPTO. Those rights usually are limited to a geographical location, but again it's going to depend on the specific circumstances. Feel... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Texas on
Q: My friend and I have come up with an idea that we want to market. It is extremely unique.

My friend and I have come up with an idea that we want to market. It is extremely unique. We have been researching for a few days now to make sure there is nothing like it on the market. We were trying to figure out if we need a patent to manufacture the product to sell or if we need a copyright.... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 27, 2020

It is not clear what your invention is so my answer is going to be somewhat general.

You asked "can we file the paperwork with the U.S. ourselves"? The answer is yes you can. The USPTO allows inventors for file patent applications without the assistance of patent attorneys....
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Q: It said canceled sec. 8 Can I register this word then?

I want to register word mama

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on Jun 24, 2020

There is a requirement under Section 8 of the Trademark Act to file an affidavit or declaration of use of the mark (or an excusable reason for non-use) in addition to a fee – at different time periods after the registration of a trademark.

Consider consulting with a trademark attorney to...
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Q: Could I trademark "I Love Web Development"? If so, what if "I Love Web Development & Design" is already trademarked?

I'm not sure it can be registered as it may fall under either "suggestive" or a "descriptive" mark - the service for both is in the name - web development. I'm also not sure if I could be sued for copyright infringement/financial loss by earlier adopters of very... Read more »

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on Jun 20, 2020

When viewing trademarks at a more theoretical level, imagine a food packaging label. You’ll have the trademark on the first line and then on the second line you have a description of the product. So, for this made up example:

Topaz

Artisanal Artichoke Hearts – Sourced and...
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Q: G V V - Trademark Details Status: 790 - Cancellation Pending What’s this meaning? Thank you.
Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Jun 17, 2020

Someone has filed a petition for cancellation of the trademark with the TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.) The trademark owner must respond to the petition before the deadline, or the trademark will be cancelled. Look up the trademark in the USPTO databases (TESS, TSDR) to find out the... Read more »

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Q: Is the word trademarked “GirlDad” the same as using Girl Dad with a space in between?

I made a shirt with the word “GirlDad”

Would I be able to make same shirt by adding a space in between?

Example: “Girl Dad”

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Jun 17, 2020

Adding a space between the trademarked phrase may not be sufficient to overcome a likelihood of confusion and may result in a claim of trademark infringement if this mark is used in the same or related class of goods or services. Consult with a trademark attorney for more information.

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Q: If I submit a white t-shirt specimen to the Trademark Office. Can I send a different color shirt for an Office action?
Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Jun 15, 2020

Maybe, but it would depend on what the rejection was and whether sending a specimen with a different item will raise new issues. If you send a specimen that is clearly a picture of a different item, there could be a question of whether the new item was in use at the date that you claimed the... Read more »

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Q: Is Black Minds Matter trademarked? I am interested in using it for a podcast.
Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on May 28, 2020

You should conduct a thorough trademark search to determine if anyone is using/has registered that trademark or a confusingly similar trademark. For registered marks, you can search the USPTO database. But note that unregistered trademarks that are in use also have trademark rights.

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Q: What does"Disclaimer with predetermined text" mean in regard to a trademark?
Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 7, 2020

Usually the examiner wants it clear that you are "disclaiming" any right to a generic word. For example, if you used the word "association" in your mark, you do not acquire any rights in that word. Anyone can use the same word in their mark.

2 Answers | Asked in Gaming and Trademark for Texas on
Q: How to inquire about an individual's intent to sell goods/services in order to discover if I might infringe a trademark?

I have been developing a video game for more than a year now. Early on, I did a google and TESS search for any similar products, in the same class, with the same name. Nothing existed at that time, but I neglected to register a trademark for the name.

Searching this time around, there still... Read more »

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on May 1, 2020

Contact the blog owner and inquire if they can put you in contact with the student. Note however that an intent to use is not the same as actual, continuous use in commerce. In the United States, the general rule is that trademark rights are based on priority of use in an actual business or trade.... Read more »

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