Do I Need to Find a Trademark Lawyer?

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Dec 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: I love my band name, and I'll do what I can to keep it. Should I find an IP lawyer to help me with the trademarking process? Also, does it matter if my band shares the name of a non-music related product (specifically a beer)?

Answer: Receiving guidance from a trademark lawyer can certainly help, but is not required. A lot of information can be obtained at the US trademark office website –

Whether you can use a name depends on whether it will likely cause confusion with another, prior name. Whether your product and another product are the same or similar is just one of many factors that determine this legal question of likelihood of confusion.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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