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Asked on: 7/01/13, 5:42 pm

I created a phrase and the school I'm working allowed me to use it on equipment and tshirts. Should I trademark the phrase? And do I have legal rights to it if I was to leave the school.

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Answered on: 7/03/13, 4:05 pm by Keith E. Cooper

You might not be able to retain exclusive rights in the phrase if you permitted the school to use it on equipment and t-shirts without having some sort of written agreement with them. They may, rightly, consider your contribution a gift that they can keep and use as they want.

A trademark is something that is used in commerce and is associated with a particular business. If you don't have a business in which you regularly use the mark, it is unlikely you would be able to register it as a trademark. If the school is using the phrase, it is more likely they would be able to register it as a trademark.


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