Minnesota  |  Intellectual Property

Legal Question

Asked on: 5/12/09, 11:10 am

Using semi-famous names as a product

Hello, I have a business idea that uses the names of deceased people that may have become famous (or more famous, in a few cases) had history not ignored them or their contributions to various fields of expertise.

This business idea would use their name on a product and a description of why history ignored them. All would be done in a positive light -- that is hoping to correct the person's rightful status in history for the positive contributions made in said fields.

Is it legal to use the names in this case, or must I secure the rights with families (or trusts/foundations) first?

Didn't find what you were looking for? Ask an Attorney!

Get answers from the top Attorneys
Ask Question

115 Answers given in the last few hours.

8662 Active attorneys ready to answer your question

Search Past Answers:
  Advanced Search