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Can I mention  Groucho Marx in a book I

Can I mention Groucho Marx in a book I've written?

In Trademark Ownership    -  updated on 5/17/2017
I am a new as yet unpublished author and I am wondering if I can mention Groucho, Rufus T. Firefly, and "Hello, I must be going" in my book. It involves my fictional detective talking his way into the office of my bad guy. He introduces himself to a secretary as Rufus T. Firefly and gets in. When he's discovered by an FBI agent, the agent throws him out, calling him Groucho. As the detective leaves, he says to the secretary, "Hello, I must be going." Is this an infringement of any kind?
Is my grooming business name Hairy Paw-ter ok to use?

Is my grooming business name Hairy Paw-ter ok to use?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 5/15/2017
I'm opening a new business for dog grooming and I want to name it Hairy Paw-ter. Will I be sued for franchise infringement by using it similar sound but spelled differently and used for dog grooming
can someone sue me for using a geographical name they use in their trademark

can someone sue me for using a geographical name they use in their trademark

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 5/8/2017
I registered "Just A Kid from the Lower East Side" as a trademark on March 7, 2017. Someone is threatening to stop the trademark from going forward because they use the name Lower East Side on their apparel and hats. Can my trademark be stopped because of this persons trademark name of the Lower East Side. I am using mine in a slogan and I know others who also use the Lower East Side on their apparel. My USPTO number is 87362500
I was recently contacted by halo international saying they own the trademark for "sleep sack" when used with baby bedding. I have tried to search to see if this is accurate but cannot find a record.

I was recently contacted by halo international saying they own the trademark for "sleep sack" when used with baby bedding. I have tried to search to see if this is accurate but cannot find a record.

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 5/5/2017
Please let me know how I can find accurate proof that halo owns the trademark for "sleep sack" when used for baby bedding.
Can I have an obscene or offensive trademark?

Can I have an obscene or offensive trademark?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 4/26/2017
Can I trademark something offensive or obcsene?
If i add the word "Chef" at the end of my Company name, will that make it a different name?

If i add the word "Chef" at the end of my Company name, will that make it a different name?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 4/20/2017
I run a private cooking business and have for over 10 years. Someone else who sells a product has chosen my business name and trademarked it. I don't need to trade mark myself, I just want to avoid any legal repercussions, as they have asked me to cease using my name.
My app name is already trademarked. Am I safe to keep the name?

My app name is already trademarked. Am I safe to keep the name?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 4/11/2017
Hi. I have not released the app yet but have spent money in terms of design, marketing, logo, etc.,... And unfortunately I found out that the name is already trademarked by another company. The company is in a completely different industry and has no relevance to my app. The company specializes in "Cases for eyeglasses and sunglasses" while my app specializes in mobile social networks. Is it safe to continue using the name? Or should I change it now despite my investment? Thanks, Semih
Can you please call me 502-445-1839

Can you please call me 502-445-1839

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 4/6/2017
Can you please call me, I have one question?
What is the trademark search I need to do for a logo?

What is the trademark search I need to do for a logo?

In Logos    -  updated on 4/4/2017
My mark is a logo that also includes a phrase of words. What is the exact trademark search I need to do for that?
Found large print by Maria Markovich through IGI

Found large print by Maria Markovich through IGI

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 3/30/2017
I searched for info/number for IGI, i have searched name of artist and i have had zero results. The work is named "Evening Solotude", Numbered 219 of 250. Is this print valuable?