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Thanks for your comment Janae Burchfiel, have a nice day.
- Noah Bambacigno, Staff Member
for persons who are considering using their last names of trademark there's a few things you should know the first thing you should know is a trademark Act has a provision under section 12 18 that says a word that is primarily merely the name or surname of an individual is not protectable by way of trademark that stops people with last name like mine Thompson from obtaining trademark protection now there are some people who have names like singer or burned and those are also a dictionary definitions and because of that they're outside those rules but most of us are the Thompsons of the squirrel and they can get protection it's interesting to know that there's no prohibition it's obtained trademark protection for first names so my first name is Doug I could get protection for Doug's whatever for a trademark in addition I could register my full name so my full name is Douglas be Thompson and I could register that if I chose to do so now for those of you who are looking around and saying what is this guy talking about you can see all sorts of exceptions for example McDonald's restaurants there's a section of trademarks act against section 12 2 which basically indicates that when your trademark has become well known enough you can become an exception to the word to the rule but the problem is when you start out you're not well known it takes years often decades in order to build up the trademark sufficiently that you'll need the tests if you were able to obtain trademark protection for your last name don't think you can go and use that trademark against other people the same last name there's a provision in the trademarks act under Section 20 which indicates the registration of a trademark does not prevent a person from making any bona fide use of his or her personal name as a trade name so that gives you the a few points to go on with respect to the you your name as a trademark and you should keep those in mind and choosing your trademark
Thanks shyriseZ your participation is very much appreciated
- Noah Bambacigno
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I've studied recreation ecology at University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha and I am an expert in natural language processing (computational linguistics). I usually feel grumpy. My previous job was purchasing agent I held this position for 27 years, I love talking about flying disc and table football. Huge fan of Lacey Evans I practice water polo and collect crater critters.
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