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Need help with terminology

Need help with terminology

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I contacted Guinness about the use of the layout of their design and nothing more.  I received the following reply:

We appreciate your solicitation regarding Guinness; however, regret to
inform you that it is a globally licensed and registered brand.  Without
legal approval for use of the name, logo or any association with the
product, any private or public/commercial representation by an individual or
entity would violate the trademark infringement us...
design resembles trademarked item

design resembles trademarked item

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
My fire department is designing a company patch.  We got our inspiration from Guinness.  Our design is in the shape of the Guinness draught logo but does not use the Guinness name or symbol.  It simply resembles it.  We want to make sure that we are not in copyright violation by producing such an item.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I have included the item to view!
Thank you


Trademark or copyright infringement selling drawing of Coca-Cola bottle?

Trademark or copyright infringement selling drawing of Coca-Cola bottle?

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Do I need to worry about trademark and/or copyright infringement if I was to sell copies of my grandfather's sketch of the contour Coca-Cola bottle. My grandfather designed the contour coca-cola bottle in 1915. The sketch which he drew, before producing the first prototypes, is in my possession and to this day has never been seen by the public. I would like to produce copies of the sketch and sell them, but I'm concerned that it might be infringing on the Coca-Cola Company's co...
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I wrote a Christmas book with the character Rudolph and mentions his red nose and blinking in morse code.  There is no picture of this in the book.  Does this go against trademark law or copyright law for Rudolph?

Thank you.
Problems with trademarks of other companies

Problems with trademarks of other companies

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hi,

I've got a question regarding the usage of trademarks of other firms. If I use e.g. the name "Coca Cola" to advertise for my own restaurant ("We only use Coca Cola in our restaurant"), must I mark the name Coca Cola with the registred-symbol? And if I have to mark it like that, what is the reason therefor? Is there a ? in the law or is it case law?

Or is it basically illegal to use other tradem...
Others Trademarks

Others Trademarks

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Question on using likeness of a companys product line name.  I see things like decals and trinkets that resemble the name of products manufactured by major companies.  These may have the circle r icon, does one have to get written consent from the parent company before marketing these items? Example would be a trinket that says "Monte Carlo SS", can that be manufactured and sold without Chevrolets permission?
adidas intellectual rights

adidas intellectual rights

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
  Hello and thank you. I have a question about Adidas sporting apparel. I want to know what makes an NFL jersey protected under intellectual property rights? For instance if I remove the trade logos bearing the NFL insignia and the Reebok logo and any team logo and tags bearing the trade names etc. does this blank jersey made of the team colors then become free of infringement? Like for insta...
software products called

software products called

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Does the name of a software product (unrelated to Apple's products) that starts with an "i"  infringe Apple's trademark?  

Soliciting thoughts
Historical Names ie Founding Fathers

Historical Names ie Founding Fathers

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
The question I am trying to get answered is this.....
I want to sell a product dedicated to the founding fathers of my state. I do not wish to TM the name's but as a small business I do not want to take the chance of using the name of a historical figure (ie Gen. George Washington) in my product name and then run into a legal battle with a family or TM owner. What is the rule of thumb pertaining to Names of historical figures???
MLB Properties

MLB Properties

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Anyone know anything about how hard it is to get an MLB properties license and how much this would cost for a documentary film?  All help would be greatly appreciated.  

Rick