Does a pseudo mark change the rights of a trademark owner?

Notice of Pseudo Mark for the trademark BOBFORYOU

What is a pseudo mark? A pseudo mark is a plain English spelling of a phonetic trademark that comprises a misspelled word, a number, or telescopic trademark. A pseudo mark works like search tag and it is added to the USPTO database to make some trademarks more searchable. A pseudo mark may also discourage infringing trademark…

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Trademark Symbol

Registered trademark symbol in gold

Businesses use a trademark symbol next to their marks to indicate that they claim rights in a trademark. What is the trademark symbol? Businesses use the following trademark symbols as a superscript to the right of their trademark: TM, SM and ® The TM symbol stands for “trademark.” It is used to alert the public about…

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How to trademark a band name

It is important to trademark a band name either before a band starts playing in venues or soon afterward. Often a band will break up at the beginning and one or more band members will try to claim ownership to the band’s name. And domain name squatters may register a bandname.com as soon as a…

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Trademark Specimen

What is a Trademark Specimen A trademark specimen is a photo or a screenshot showing how you actually use a trademark in commerce in connection with your goods and services, to indicate the source or owner of the trademark. For example, if you have applied for goods, you’ll want to submit a picture of your trademark…

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Can I Use the Superman’s Chest Shield Design on T-shirts?

No, not without a license from DC COMICS according to a complaint that DC COMICS filed in United States District Court against Mad Engine, in 2015, Case 2:15-cv-05492, in the CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WESTERN DIVISION. DC Comics is the publisher of comic books and magazines, including those featuring the world-famous Superman character. DC also engages in…

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Can a Messenger Wear a Superhero Costume?

There was a messenger business in New York city that thought that it would be cool to have its messengers wear superhero costumes. It got cease and desist letters real quick. Then it got sued by Marvel and DC Comics for trademark infringement and copyright infringement. The business folded soon thereafter.   These points of…

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