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Phrase on a shirt
« on: Dec 29th, 2003, 3:46pm »
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I have a few ideas for phrases to put on a shirt, but I don't want other people stealing them.  Is a copywright what I need, or something else?  Also, should I even bother with legal protection?
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Re: Phrase on a shirt
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30th, 2003, 6:30am »
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Dear Yummy,
 
You have a toughy to protect. A trademark is the best route but it has to be used as a trademark. I'm working on one right now for a client.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 31st, 2003, 10:25am »
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Thanks for the responce, I also have another question.  How do I use it as a trademark?  I was simply planing on selling the shirts online with the phrase on it.
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Re: Phrase on a shirt
« Reply #3 on: Jan 2nd, 2004, 8:49am »
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Dear Yummy,
 
It can be done, there are risks.
 
Going over the story, sentence by sentence to get a clear picture takes a lot of time and writing.
 
 
There are NO simple solutions. That's what keeps lawyers in business whether you like it or not.
 
 
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Re: Phrase on a shirt
« Reply #4 on: Jan 3rd, 2004, 6:37am »
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dear yummy,
 
mr. auslander is correct: communcations with an attorney cost money. usually lots of it.  
 
the USPTO (us patent and trademark office) has a reasonably decent website which answers many of the basic questions regarding patents and trademarks.
 
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/
 
ditto the canadian intellectual property office
 
http://cipo.gc.ca/
 
there are also about a bajillion intellectual property law firms with websites filled with all sorts of interesting information on trademarks.  
 
google first, spend money later.  
 
without knowing any of the details, slogans have a pretty short half-life. you should probably be less worried about preventing others from copying your success than achieving success in the first place.  
 
being first to market is often where most of the money is. get out there first, make your money, and don't waste your profits on attorneys fees fighting over the scraps.  
 
hope this is helpful.  
 
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