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In Topic: Reusing abandoned trademarks?

26 April 2015 - 08:50 PM

And note that you cannot immediately pick up the mark unless you are instantly using it for products and services. You will likely need to file several forms, likely starting with an 'intent to use' form before actual products are shipped.


​Is this specific to re-using trademarks which were originally created, or to trademarks in general?

In Topic: Reusing abandoned trademarks?

26 April 2015 - 07:48 PM


Is there any harm in contacting them ​prior   to speaking with a lawyer?

Hard to say. A lawyer could probably tell you. tongue.png



​True. I will see if I can find a lawyer who will give a free consult - I'd like to avoid paying money on such a trifling issue until I actually have something worth pursuing (like actually registering something).

In Topic: Reusing abandoned trademarks?

26 April 2015 - 04:51 PM

I would start by speaking to a lawyer to clarify your position and ensure what you are doing isn't a waste of time first.

After that if you are advised to go ahead, find the phone number of their local legal representatives and start there. Don't email, write and phone. You could also pay your lawyer to do that part as they will likely have records for this sort of thing.

Be careful as this sounds like legally ddubious ground even for abandoned trademarks...

Edit: a quick Google turned up this page on Microsoft's monster of a website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/trademarks/en-us.aspx
Definitely useful.


​Been there - they no longer list it. I do need to contact a lawyer, though that may end up being expensive for no end benefit. Is there any harm in contacting them ​prior   to speaking with a lawyer?

In Topic: Why didn't somebody tell me?

26 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

I like to talk (and text message) in fake olde english from time to time, for my own amusement.


Apparently, nobody bothered to correct my mispronouncing of the word ' ye '. It's the exact same word, and pronunciation, of the word "the"!


I have always pronounced it like " yee ", but it's pronounced closer to " duh ", because it's not actually the letter 'y' but a special letter we dropped from the english alphabet, which was a single-letter for 'th' combined (like in 'there').


Unless you're referring to the pronoun ye, which was also the Early Modern English second person plural... as in, "I am talking to ye five gentlemen!".


Also, yes, the y was used in those cases because typesets lacked þorn, so they used y.  There was also another character, eð, which was similar.


*Ye*, the article, is pronounced *the*. *Ye*, the pronoun, is pronounced *ye*.

In Topic: Why didn't somebody tell me?

25 March 2015 - 01:47 PM

I called duct tape duck tape for years without really wondering why it was called that.


Because it is duck tape. It originally was a tape made using duck cloth. It should not be used on ducts. Duck tape was also the original name.