okay i know there are a good amount of bigger companies on here and was wondering about some advice on trademarking. I have had 2 people already attempt to use our name and frankly it pisses me off to say the least. We are no doubt the most popular name with it. (most have been like one shirt and 200 friends on myspace) Should I be worried? Do you guys have copyrights and trademarked your name and logo? Is it necassary because i am broke and 4-6 bills on a trademark is alot but I have been giving it alot of thought

ANY ideas,comments, suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated
  • Joshua Stomberg

    That’s a smart thing to look in to. I think there’s a way to do poor man’s trademarking by addressing a notarized letter to your company (thus making it an official company or something?) I dunno, I’m sure there’s alot of legal mumbo jumbo involved that I have no idea about. Also, did you ever print a country is emo with a banjo shirt for me? I can’t wait to rock that shirt.
  • Chaddoesdesign

    copyright using your name instead of a fake company.
  • jared

    sittingduck said: That’s a smart thing to look in to. I think there’s a way to do poor man’s trademarking by addressing a notarized letter to your company (thus making it an official company or something?) I dunno, I’m sure there’s alot of legal mumbo jumbo involved that I have no idea about. Also, did you ever print a country is emo with a banjo shirt for me? I can’t wait to rock that shirt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_man’s_copyright
  • jared

    Captain Awesome said: copyright using your name instead of a fake company.

    That makes it easier, but isn’t always effective. Not everyone can operate under an individual name, so even if you protect yourself technically but crediting all work to yourself, if you operate under a name like “DESIGN TEAM X,” you are still at risk for someone else to come along and use that name and do any number of things.

    Bottom line:

    Trademarking is probably a good idea, but not necessary (or feasible) for most people in this industry.

    @CDC email me jared at aktenterprises dot com and i will put you in touch with a great TM lawyer in our industry who can help you analyze your situation and answer any questions you may have.
  • Time Without the E

    thanks!
    i have sent a letter to myself and i have about 8 domain names for my cdc so that was a cheaper way of setting myself in stone
  • jared

    not to rain on your parade, but I also found this:

    why the poor man’s copyright doesn’t work

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