your name as a trademark

patentandtrademarkpatentandtrademark Posts: 103subscriber
edited September 2008 in Protecting Your Ideas
Can you use your real name as a trademark?  Maybe, maybe not.  What matters the most is the likelihood of confusion between your name/mark and the mark of another based on such factors as:



the degree of similarity between the marks


the intent of the alleged infringer in adopting the mark


evidence of actual confusion


similarity of products and manner of marketing


the degree of care likely to be exercised by purchasers


the strength or weakness of the marks


Comments

  • DeenaEsqDeenaEsq Posts: 0subscriber
    Craig,
     
    I would say that, yes, Wendy`s Diner would be ok.  You just wouldn`t be able to refer to it in your marketing as "Wendy`s" without the Diner part.  Would an ordinary person, looking at your advertising and/or restaurant be confused as to whether your restaurant was owned or sponsored by the hamburger chain "Wendy`s".  Does that make sense?
     
    Deena
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  • patentandtrademarkpatentandtrademark Posts: 103subscriber
    using wendy`s diner would get you sued - no doubt about it.  you would lose.
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