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Trademark Inquiry

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by guestbrill, Dec 26, 2006.

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  1. guestbrill

    guestbrill Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I am researching starting an online t-shirt business. Some of the shirts I want to create use the nickname/mascot names of colleges such as Hurricanes or Seminoles. Will I get in trouble for these shirts? Any advice would be helpful.

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    You need permission of trademark holders to use their trademarks.
     
  3. guestbrill

    guestbrill Law Topic Starter New Member

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    How do I find out if their trademarked?
     
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    guestbrill Law Topic Starter New Member

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    If hokies is trademarked, can I still use hokie?
     
  5. seniorjudge

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    What's a hokie?
     
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    guestbrill Law Topic Starter New Member

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    A hokie is an emasculated turkey. I went to the government trademark website and found hokies is registered to Virginia Tech however I didnt see anything trademarked for plain hokie. Does this mean as long as I use hokie and not hokies I am safe?
     
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    Q: Does this mean as long as I use hokie and not hokies I am safe?Does this mean as long as I use hokie and not hokies I am safe?Does this mean as long as I use hokie and not hokies I am safe?

    A: A turkey eunuch is a school mascot? Now I can die in peace for I have heard everything. Anyway, if you use somebody's trademark, you need permission. It's a simple concept. I don't know if you will be safe or not. My crystal ball got broken during the November elections.
     
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    guestbrill Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I guess what I am asking is if the word "hokies" is trademarked but "hokie" is not, can I use the nonplural hokie? I am unclear on how specific trademarks are.
     
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    If it would create a likelihood of confusion withe the genuine mark - something which would seem to be the case, as your merchandising plan wouldn't have much value if nobody would think of the trademark when they saw your variant - it is likely going to violate their trademark.
     

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