Can someone trademark something that is in the public domain?
In Can I Trademark it? - updated on 5/17/2016
Here's my question. Can someone trademark something that is in the public domain? For instance, Checkers. Now, I haven't checked to see if someone has already trademarked Checkers, but assuming they haven't, could someone trademark it? Or is that not allowed once the name is part of the public domain? What I envision is coming up with my own version of a game that is already in the public domain (say, checkers), along with my version of the rules, and I'm wondering if I could trademark it?