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Can name of city be trademarked

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by alexanderkos, Jun 3, 2010.

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  1. alexanderkos

    alexanderkos Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Can the name of a city be trademarked. Say if a restaurant has trademarked "Chicago's Restaurant" and I open Chicago's Steakhouse can it be trademark infringement as both businesses deal with food.
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  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    No, city names are not protected.
     
  3. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    A city name alone cannot be trademarked. In conjunction with other words, it might be. However, it would be very difficult to do so if not impossible based upon standard English words since, by definition, using the English language as a description would be impossible.
     

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