TRADEMARKS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jan 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

QUESTION: Can I use a trademarked word that's registered in the UK, but not in the USA? Does that trademark apply to the US at all. I want to revive a dead community website, I own the domain but upon further research I noticed the word mythros is trademarked in the United Kingdom. However, it's not trademarked where I live in the USA.

ANSWER: One can have trademark rights without registration. Therefore, a company in the UK may have registered their trademark in the UK but may also have unregistered trademark rights in the US. These unregistered rights may have “priority” over your rights.

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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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