Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Can a pub taken on the name of a movie or book character safely?

Can a bar or restaurant be named after a movie or book character without trademark infringement?  In England, there is litigation over a pub named “The Hobbit”. 

I thought that in the US different lines of business could use the same name.  But entertainment companies often register workmarks in multiple lines of business for turf protection.

Here’s the story on AOL this morning (link).

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