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Is BevMo protected from

Is BevMo protected from

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Is BevMo protected from "OtherMo" variations?

For example, would the following be infringing on BevMo?

CigMo (Cigars and More)

WineMo (Wines and More)

BeerMo (Beers and More)

GiftMo (Gifts and More)

AardMo (Aardvarks and More)

I have an idea for an online shop selling a food product and the shop name would be in the same vein as above.

Thanks,
Walter



using nfl logo in our product?

using nfl logo in our product?

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
i hope someone can help to clarify my situation
we have a business that uses a waterjet machine to cut various types of material,plastics metal,etc... we have come up with what we think is a great new product never made or seen before. without disclosing what it is i can use an example, say we have a 3ft X 5ft piece of metal and we want to cut out an nfl team logo in it, i know that this would be trademark infringement, but if we were to buy a licensed nfl team logo decal from a licensed n...
using a trademark to parody something else

using a trademark to parody something else

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
If I use a variant of a trademarked name, e.g. a misspelling the pre/post-fix of the trademarked name to create a new name, and said created name parodies a third person who is famous, would the trademark holders have a case that I was causing harm to their brand?

ps the parody is not obscene or offensive
what about a reference to an NFL team?

what about a reference to an NFL team?

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
for example, using 'men of steel' (a name, I dont believe the steelers own) in black and gold to signify the Steelers, but not give an impression that it is an NFL shirt.  (ie. change the font, etc).

would that be infringement?

thanks
to the point

to the point

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I would like to eliminate most of the grey up front - so I'll try to be as black and white as possible.  Here are my questions:

Are all celebrity names automatically trademarked?  That is, would I be able to print bumper stickers and shirts that said "You're Georgeous Steve Irwin" or "You're delish Rachael Ray" without a trademark or do I have to have rights/permission to do this?  If so, how would I go about getting permission?  In your experi...
Ferrari Trademark

Ferrari Trademark

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Can a car museum that charges an admission fee mention a car company's name and the names of that company's car models in the museum's advertising?
Coca Cola Font Trademark?

Coca Cola Font Trademark?

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
This might not be the best place for this question, but I am to find any help I can get on this.  I have found a font on the web that was free called Loki Cola.  It is basically a facsimile of the Coca-Cola font.  I have subsequently made a logo using a different name all together using this font.  The question is are we looking for trouble from Coca-Cola if we use this font.  We are an advertising agency in the midwest if this helps.  I can give a link to the im...
Is E! famous?

Is E! famous?

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
There is a registered trademark E! for entertainment products and services etc.
Ok, no problem.

But the E! folks claimed that E! is a famous trademark and the use for other product categories is prohibited.

In that case there is a software "e!Blabla" which has nothing to do with entertainment.

In Europe E! is completly nonfamous.

What is your appraisal, is E! famous in U.S.?

Thanks! JH
Fender Stratocaster knock-offs

Fender Stratocaster knock-offs

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
One of the most easily-identifiable products in commerce, is the Fender Stratocaster.  Of course, this time of  year, every music store in America has piles of $100 Fender Stratocaster knock-offs for sale...essentially identical (visually, anyway) to the genuine article.

So, as a hypothetical case, could this (the flooding of the market with cheap Strat-knock-offs) have been prevented?  Of course, the Stratocaster has been for sale for decades, and any original patents o...
Can I use the letters

Can I use the letters

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I recently posted a website dedicated to my journey to every stadium in the NFL.  I called the website wwwdotnflfootballstadiumsdotcom.  I am wondering if the NFL governs the use of the letters NFL in a url listing.  Can they shut me down?  I should also mention that I am a affiliate with several companies that have banner ads on my site ... one of them is nflshopdotcom.  Does anyone have any advice?