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#1 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 814

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

I've been developing a game called Epic Hamster for a while now and just found out today that there's a company called Epic Hamster also: http://www.epichamster.com/apps/IdentiKid/ what should I do? I already bought epic-hamster.com before I knew that they existed. Am I pretty much screwed and need to figure out a new name?

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#2 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7448

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

It depends. What kind of company is this other Epic Hamster? (Do they compost dead hamsters? Do they manufacture space satellites? Do they make games, pet supplies, toiletries...?)

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#3 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 814

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

Sorry. They're also a game developer.

#4 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7448

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:33 PM

Then you cannot use that name, if you are going to sell it in any country where that company sells games.

Edited by Tom Sloper, 14 December 2012 - 11:35 PM.
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#5 Broadleaf   Members   -  Reputation: 147

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:19 AM

Then you cannot use that name, if you are going to sell it in any country where that company sells games.


Thank you for info.

#6 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 814

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

Okay. I renamed it but now I need to figure out what to do with my domain name. Would it be possible to try and sell my domain name to them?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

Anything is possible.
You can try anything you want to try.
By the way, I am not a lawyer, and my advice is for informational purposes; I'm not giving you legal advice, and you should talk to a lawyer.
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#8 3DModelerMan   Members   -  Reputation: 814

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

Yeah I'm aware of that. Thanks for the help though.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:25 PM

Actually, just asking out of curiosity but there may be a game company with same name but what if no trademark is involved?

#10 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7448

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:44 AM

Actually, just asking out of curiosity but there may be a game company with same name but what if no trademark is involved?

 

How would that change anything?  Wouldn't that company still be upset by the possible confusion that would result?  You'd still get sued.


Edited by Tom Sloper, 21 December 2012 - 12:46 AM.

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