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Let's say a person has the trademark "got Computers?", does that imply that the person has the right to the phrase "got Computer Programmers?" or similar variations? Would that mean that me selling an item with that phrase "got Computer Programmers?" or a similar variation (always being "got Computer <something>?" - the idea being different occupations related to computers) on, for example, a t-shirt is an infringement on his or her trademark?
I received a cease and desist letter (more like an e-mail written by the trademark holder to refrain from using the mark). I do not, however, have any items with "got Computers?" - all are "variations" as mentioned above including other words.
NOTE: "got Computers?" is an example for the actual trademark which I did not mention.Maybe to specify: The trademark holder sells children's clothing and has trademarked this phrase and is selling it as a design on children's t-shirts. I sell mostly adult t-shirts. My company is not based on the variation of the phrase. Rather, I have a long list of occupations, of which "Computer Programmers" is a part of and am using the "got milk?" idea for designs for all of those occupations. The name of my company is completely different and the design for which I have received the e-mail is a minor part of the "line". I sell only online (from Florida, I do not offer children's clothing online) while the TM holder is based in California and only seems to have a physical store. Searching for the TM phrase I did not find any sites or information related to trademark holder, be it from online auctions, sales or comments regarding the store or TM holder.