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In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Can you trademark a basic slogan like:

Yankee Hater
Yankees Suck

I have a company that sent me a cease and desist for a similar slogan and I don't think I need to comply.  

THe slogan is not a tagline they use on their goods or distiguishes their products.  They also sent me another cease and desist for another slogan that is very generic.

Do they have any real legal recourse?  They did file the trademark with the state but anyone can do that for...
Unregisted Slogan Infringement??

Unregisted Slogan Infringement??

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
obviously posted this in the wrong forum and was redirected here.  My question is as follows:

I have a website that has a certain "term" that I've phrased, I included the (TM) mark and it is like that on the site.  

Recently, I discovered this term was used in a National Promotion for a rather large company.  

This "term" is not registered so my question is Do I have a legal right to ask for compensation.

Thank you
using movie/TV quotes or references

using movie/TV quotes or references

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hello,

I am wondering where the line is in this situation.  Let's say I want to create t-shirts to sell in a fan store for the TV show Seinfeld.

Let's say I find a similar font and color of the Seinfeld logo and create text-only quotes and references from the show.

IE.
No Soup For You (direct quote)
Jerry and George are my friends. (reference)

Is one more acceptable than the other?  Can I use either, none?  What is the law in this situation? &n...
mentioning products, published works, etc. by name

mentioning products, published works, etc. by name

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I'm developing a board game and some of my game questions will refer to specific products, TV shows, movies, songs, books, etc. I have two quick questions:

1) Can someone sue me if I don't mark every trademarked or copyrighted thing with the proper symbol in print (TM, C, R, etc.)? Is there an easy rule of thumb to help me know what types of media or products need a mark?

2) I saw another posting on this forum from someone who wanted to print movie quotes on t-shirts or mugs an...
Does owning a tradmark include this?

Does owning a tradmark include this?

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Say i put "Life's a trip and then you die, so F* it all and let's get high!" on shirts to sell.  Since someone owns the trademark for "Life's a trip." can they do anything to me for using that as the first part of my phrase? Thanks for any feedback!
Slogan Trademarks: what is the standard

Slogan Trademarks: what is the standard

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Two questions for the pros out there:

1.  What really is the likelihood of getting a slogan mark registered when you are already not a nationally known company?  For example, a small business in a town of 40,000 people wants to register their slogan "Your specialists in Butchering (or Haircare, or whatever)." If they are using the slogan in appropriate commercial uses, when are they going to get registered and when are they not?

2.  Is there really a poi...
Partial Slogan Infringement?

Partial Slogan Infringement?

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hello,

As an example of what I am trying to determine, let's say my T-shirts that I am selling say "TOO CRAZY", with nothing else on the shirt.  If I find someone has already trademarked "YOU'RE TOO CRAZY", would I be infringing on their trademark because I use part of their phrase?

Thanks!
Cost to fight a C

Cost to fight a C

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I have a small company.  A large company in my same industry has sent me a Cease and Desist letter stating that they think my business slogan is confusingly similar to a slogan that they have trademarked.  I don't think the two are confusingly similar.  In fact, the two slogans don't use any of the same words.  I have spent quite a bit of money on signage, publicity, etc. and like what I have.  I also know of tens of other businesses that have  slogans that appea...
Trademark for a Tagline

Trademark for a Tagline

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I have come up with a tagline for my company.  What I mean by a tagline is GE's  "We bring good things to life."

In my logo, there is my company name followed by my tagline. I put this logo on my labels, on my stationery, on my business card, etc...everything. So, it is something associated very closely with my business and my products.

The phrase I am using is unique, as far as I'm aware (it's not a famous quotation, or a variation on something known that y...
Trademark Infringement????

Trademark Infringement????

In Slogans    -  updated on 11/11/2009
This may be a rather naive question to ask but I'll ask anyway.

I've been doing some research on the USPTO website for a particular phrase and have not been able to find it in their database.  

Let's say the phrase is "Full Court."  In addition, I have searched the web and seen information on "Full Court Camps."  Would I be infringing (even though there is not a trademark for it) by creating a company called "Full Court Clothing" ?