My most common answer which I repeat on Avvo is use originality. One day you may seek to export to Hong Kong. If the product is good enough, you can name a computer after a piece of fruit, like an apple.
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The answer is likely not a simple as whether the foreign brand has "registered" the mark. In the US, trademark rights are created only when goods or services are offered within the geographic borders of the United States. However, there is no requirement that the brand owner "register" it (there a number of reason why one would want to register) to obtain protection against others registering it/infringing due common-law rights in the mark. Common law rights arise from actual use of a mark and may allow the common law user to successfully challenge a registration or application.
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Attorneys who are licensed to practice in one or more states within the United States cannot competently or ethically provide you with information about Belgian law. Spend some time reading the information on the website published by the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property [see the link below] and then speak with a trademark licensed to practice in Belgium.
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