Patents & Trademarks Questions for words

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Can Little League Baseball patent the words

Can Little League Baseball patent the words ''Little League''

In Branding    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Our youth football league recieved a letter from the Little League Baseball saying we could not use the words ''little league'' in the name of our football league. Our organization has been incorperated snce 1979,and have used the same name since then. My question is can Little League Baseball stop us from using the words ''little league in our name.
Can generic words be trademarked?

Can generic words be trademarked?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hello,

I heard on the net that generic words can be trademarked.

But i guess, one generic word cannot be trademarked, only a combination of them.

2-3 generic words mixed into one phrase aren't generic anymore, right?

Btw, for my business i want to ask native English speakers - Is the word "Networkers" generic?

Thank you
Common Words

Common Words

In Trademark Ownership    -  updated on 11/11/2009
How trademarkable are common words? If a company has in its name a common word like cat, dog, man, can it defend the trademark against another company that may use a similar word but the products, although in the same trademark class, are recognisably different?

For instance, 1 company has a widget that is called Superdog and another company has a widget but of a different shape, size, weight, etc and they call it Bigdog...would a judge see an infringement here?

Thanks f...
A trademark with common decriptive words

A trademark with common decriptive words

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Some Companies are issued a trademark because they include art with their application.

In other woirds they could not get a trademark for the name because of the words used.. like Donald Trump filing for "Your Fired"

My question is then is the trademark protection only good if the infringment includes both items. Art and name.. or could they now claim trademark infringement for the words only??

Thanks

Does a TM forbid use of all DICT Words with it?

Does a TM forbid use of all DICT Words with it?

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hello,

I believe I am being harassed by someone who thinks he can get away with false claim to my domain by threatening an UDRP action.

Here is the situation.

They have a trademark for (let us say):  Toe Nails
This is fictitious, but these two words are very much like the two generic/dictionary words they have in their SERVICE MARK.

The mark consists of three letters with a series of tiny graphics around them and the words "Toe Nails" to the side...
Question about trademarking common words

Question about trademarking common words

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I have a question about trademark infringement.  Let's say there is a children's book whose title is comprised of only common words, or a common phrase, such as "One If By Land", as an example.  If I published a children's boardgame with the same name (but which has nothing at all to do with the book), is that infringement, or is it not, since it's very common words, and since it's an unrelated game, and not a book.  Thanks in advance.
Google Adwords and trademark use

Google Adwords and trademark use

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I'm a reseller of primarily used network and test equipment. I've been using Google's Adwords program for years but recently had two ads pulled because of trademark violations.

IBM and HP were words placed in my ads and these two companies filed complaints with Google. My ads simply stated the manufacturer and model of a piece of equipment, with a brief statement that I stock these items.

My limited research tells me that the Latham Act and fair and nominative use are applicable...
Public Domain Words/Names

Public Domain Words/Names

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I am curious as to how US trademark law deals with using common words and names. In particular, I am interested in using a single word or name for a comic book.

I don't want to trademark the character's name, I simply want to use a name that does two things: one) doesn't infringe on an existing trademark, two) I want to prevent someone else from trademarking the name of the character (hence that is why I am interested in using a 'public domain' word or name). My interest lies only wit...
trademarks and keywords for internet ads

trademarks and keywords for internet ads

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hi, I have a question about trademarks and keywords used in internet advertising.

We have been selling a particular product on the internet for 5 years now. Approx 1-2 years ago a competitive product appeared on the market. They advertised on Google using our brand name as a keyword.

In turn, we also used their brand name as keyword for our advertising.

Note that in both cases, the keywords are not visible on the web sites.

We have received a letter from them stati...
Trademark for logo vs trademark for words

Trademark for logo vs trademark for words

In Logos    -  updated on 11/11/2009
What is the difference between receiving a trademark for a logo versus receiving a trademark for a particular phrase?  For example, a friend of mine has run into the following situation:

1) A business in another part of the US applied for and was awarded a federal trademark for a logo that included the words "smart key" (not the real term).  This was granted last summer.

2) My friend started a business in the same product category with a slightly similar name...
Can a trademark protect words w/ format info?

Can a trademark protect words w/ format info?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Can a trademark protect the name of our printed magazine and website in general - or - only for a certain type style /font or specific graphic logo?

Thanks,

Marc
Can we choose  2-3 words from other Trademark slogan  which has 6 words

Can we choose 2-3 words from other Trademark slogan which has 6 words

In Slogans    -  updated on 1/6/2010
I was devising slogan for my e-commerce business but I found few words of my slogan is also trade mark of other e-commerce venture. Is it legal to have few words which are common for both but with different meaning?? For example : Connecting People is Nokia's Slogan Connectioning Business Dealers ==> can I use Word Connecting..Please do suggest me what is legal and ilegal Does TM/Slogan protection is for phrase or also for words
Service Marking Common words together for domain use and titles

Service Marking Common words together for domain use and titles

In Service Marks    -  updated on 3/8/2010
I'm not really sure how to explain my situation. I recently purchased a domain name but used a hypen in between words because the name I wanted was already taken smooshed together. Before purchasing I did a search on USPTO using TESS to see if the name was registered. I found nothing. I looked at the other domain name to see what they were selling or promoting.. NOTHING... I looked at their domain info and found this person to have registered the domain 9 years ago but all it had...
TM description in WORDS

TM description in WORDS

In Service Marks    -  updated on 4/28/2010
How am i supposed to describe my service mark in words? Do they want colors, words, a description of the trade dress? Do i have to get all technical with the angles and stuff?
Can words be copyrighted?

Can words be copyrighted?

In Branding    -  updated on 5/15/2010
I am currently a student at virginia tech. I am staring a clothing line and on our label I say "By Virginia Tech students, For virginia tech fans" And I have the letters VT on it as well. I assume that VT has too many secondary meanings to be trademarked, but can I get in trouble for the first phrase? I think that the words "Virginia Tech" are trademarked, and if they are does that mean I cant use them without a license? I wonder if, because I am actually a Virginia Tech student, can I say th...
Domain names with registered trademarks that are generic words

Domain names with registered trademarks that are generic words

In Domain Names    -  updated on 6/24/2010
In this scenario assume the word Summary is a registered trademark (despite it being a dictionary word and a generic term). Would the owners of the registered trademark for Summary have any cause to dispute the domain name SummaryFor.com? Also, assume the term For.com is a registered trademark (but when you remove the .com it is also a dictionary word and very generic term). Would the company that owns For.com have any cause to dispute the domain name SummaryFor.com? The website for Summa...
Use Of Trademarked Words - HELP!!!

Use Of Trademarked Words - HELP!!!

In Branding    -  updated on 6/26/2010
If, for example the words "blue-blue toys" is trademarked, can someone else simply use the words blue names or blue blue (without the dash) toys legally or is this an infringement? Can a sentence be used such as "I have 100 blue blue beautiful toys" (note the words have been separated). Thank you..
how close to another trade mark can the words be?

how close to another trade mark can the words be?

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 9/17/2010
Hi, in looking for a name we would like too trademark i have found a company that has the same name but a hyphen separating it and a space. If i look for the name joined together there is nothing. e.g. "eco paint" & "eco-paint" have been trade marked but "ecopaint" has not. in looking at what the other company does its kitchen wear in the USA while we are painting for environmental customers and only in Australia. So we are both doing different things. Also the logo i would make sur...
Can I legally use the words "top chef" in a piece of graphic art for sale?

Can I legally use the words "top chef" in a piece of graphic art for sale?

In Someone is copying my Trademark, what do I do?    -  updated on 2/27/2011
Can I legally use the words "top chef" in a piece of graphic art that I plan to sell? Bravo Media LLC of New York is the trademark holder for the Top Chef TV show and related products. Can I use these words in a piece of original art?
Personal Use of words

Personal Use of words

In Slogans    -  updated on 8/5/2011
Can I use the words "Bon Voyage" embroidered on my personal luggage?