Tennessee  |  Intellectual Property

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Asked on: 8/22/12, 7:10 pm


I just started a company a few months ago and I'm in the process of trying to trademark my name before I start rolling out product.

Upon searching for other businesses in my field of work with similar business names, I stumbled across a company in germany who produces the same product and has a similar business name. They started their company only a few months before me and as far as I can tell, their name isn't trademarked. An example would be "Big Idea" (my name) "Big Idea Designs" (their name). Can I move forward with my desired business name without that company suing me or forcing me to change my company's name?

Thank you for your time,


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