13 years ago, I invented a word. Having searched dictionaries and encyclopedias as well as the web and not finding the word, I used it as an email address. Now, having formed a business, I wanted to incorporate the word in my business name, but have found that several others have beaten me to it. Is there any way for me to regain control of my word?
1 Answer from Attorneys
As a Franchise Attorney I can say it's too late to protect it exclusively. The time to do that was when you invented the word. Although you can't unring the bell, so to speak, it's never too late to do something. You should consult with a good trademark attorney in your area for specific advice about researching how others have protected the word and your filing for trademark or service mark protection now to the maximum extent you can given the circumstances.
Mr. Franchise - Kevin B. Murphy, B.S., M.B.A., J.D.
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