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noatom    927
Are all game studios registered trademarks? And does anyone have any ideea how much it would cost to register an international trademark?

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Hodgman    51237

Registered trade-marks are designated with the (r) symbol, and regular trademarks with the (tm) symbol.

Even if something doesn't have the (tm) symbol next to it, if it's it's a name or logo that's used to identify a product that is being traded, then it's still a trademark nonetheless.

 

e.g. If I copied the gamedev.net logo and sold my own forum subscriptions using that logo, then the real gamedev.net could sue me for trademark violation, even though they haven't used the (tm) symbol.

 

Simply putting "international trademark registration" into google will give you information about how much registration costs -- Likely between $100-$1000 per country.

Generally only very big brands, like Coca Cola use registered trademarks.

 

Note that regardless of whether a trademark is implicit (no (tm) symbol displayed), explicit ((tm) symbol displayed) or registered ((r) symbol displayed), if someone violates your rights by copying your name/logo, the only thing you can do is hire a lawyer and start a lawsuit against them... 

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noatom    927
Well...I have plans for making a game studio in the future and I don't know what to do regarding this trademark problem.If I register one,I have to register an international one...and that might cost...

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Tom Sloper    16040
1. Are all game studios registered trademarks? 2. And does anyone have any ideea how much it would cost to register an international trademark?

 

1. No.  Trademark registration is a different thing from trademark.

2. Yes. You should get a lawyer.  It's part of the cost of doing business.

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