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Registered Trademarks, Trademarks, brands and models

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Odd Job, Nov 28, 2012.

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  1. Odd Job

    Odd Job Mentor

    Jul 16, 2006
    London (ex SA)
    Hi All

    I am writing a module for forensic radiographers which includes references to arms manufacturers and ammunition manufacturers. I am placing photographs in this module and I would like to have them correctly captioned and the brands, models and manufacturers correctly credited.

    From what I can gather online, a company can only use the registered trademark symbol if that trademark has been properly registered. So for example the Glock brand is a registered trademark and should be written as Glock®.
    If a company has applied for a registered trademark but it hasn't been granted yet, then they can use ™ instead.

    An item may be described in terms of a manufacturer/brand and a model, for example Speer Gold Dot. It is my understanding that both the Speer name and the Gold Dot product are registered trademarks and it should be written as Speer® Gold Dot®.
    I could get a hint on that by going to their website and checking how they do it.

    However, what happens if I can't find this info?

    For example one of the rifles I mention is a Sabre Defence AR-15 style rifle.
    Let's say I couldn't find any info on Sabre Defence as a company because they were no longer in business. What is the preferred strategy: leave it plain or put a ™?

    What about AR-15? I understand that is a registered trademark of Colt, but does that mean if I am discussing a straight pull variant of an AR-15 made in the UK, I must describe it as AR-15® or does that only apply to the rifles manufactured by Colt? (Which would make it Colt® AR-15®).

    Or maybe I am over thinking this and I should forget about the symbols and just have a single disclaimer at the end such as:

    What says the hive?
  2. tarakian

    tarakian New Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    You can search US trademarks here.
  3. Frank Ettin

    Frank Ettin Moderator

    Apr 29, 2006
    California - San Francisco Bay Area
    This isn't about gun laws, it's about trademark law. Off topic.
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