Virginia Trademark Questions & Answers

Q: If my DBA (in retail) is a term already being used by a non-profit (who hasn't trademarked it) can I still use it?

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017
Benton R Patterson III's answer
Even though the name is not federally registered, the owner may have common law rights to the name as a trademark. An attorney would need to review the how the term is being used, the proposed trademark, and possibly perform a trademark search to determine if the term is clear.

Q: I am planning to trademark the name "The Sweetest Bee Honey". Is this a registrable name?

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 1, 2017
Benton R Patterson III's answer
To confidently answer your question, you need to commission a trademark search. There may be other marks that, while not identical, may be likely to be confused with your to your proposed mark.

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