Can I register a trademark with this designation?

Asked about 2 years ago - New York, NY

My company releases playing cards. If I want to release a new deck named "Spirit" and I find that "Spirit" is registered in class 28 under "card games", can I apply for a trademark called "Spirit BY Mystery Playing Cards" instead of "Spirit"? Please note: Mystery Playing Cards, is already registered owned by myself.

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  1. David Alexander Browde

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    Answered . One would have to examine the use of the "Spirit" owner and determine whether it is likely to cause market confusion. This is one of the areas in which trademark registration is not an easy, do it yourself project.

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  2. Maurice N Ross

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    Answered . This is a quite complex question. The issue is whether your registration might create consumer confusion with the companies that own the other 28 "spirit" trademark registrations. Adding the words "BY Mystery Playing Cards" does not guaranty that you can use "spirit" for this purpose. Further, it is irrelevant that you already own "mystery playing cards". You need to regain counsel to conduct an appropriate trademark search and analysis.

    In this regard, it is critical for you to consider whether your company sells, or expects to sell, products only in the United States, or whether you will sell to other countries. The analysis may change from one country to another, and in this era of the internet, you need to develop a global trademark strategy. Further, you might need to register your trademark in each country in which you intend to do business. Far too often companies focus their trademark concerns only on the U.S., when in fact, you need to operate from a more global perspective.

  3. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . I still think the answer to your variation of yesterday is valid. No, I don't think the USPTO will register. Yes, I think you might find yourself required to defend expensive litigation.

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  4. Trina Ann Longo

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    Trademark questions are extremely fact specific. To answer your question in a meaningful way, an experienced intellectual property attorney would need to run a trademark clearance search to see what marks are out there and exactly how they are being used. It is only when an experienced trademark attorney learns all of the specific facts about your proposed mark and runs a thorough trademark clearance search, can he or she tell you if you would be able to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    You will need to hire an experienced trademark attorney to assist you. There are many well qualified attorneys listed on Avvo and many have reasonable fees.

    Hope this helps. Best of luck!

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  5. Bruce E. Burdick

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    Answered . Can Samsung (a registered trademark) sell smartphones and call them iPhone by Samsung? How quick do you think Apple would get to a judge for an injunction? What makes you different? Don't do this. Expect to get a CDL if you do. Come up with your own name, don't try to copy someone else's name as a "shortcut", it will end up not being a shortcut but rather a stress-raiser. Pick something unique and then you can stop others from doing what you now want to do.

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