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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???