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  1. #1
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    Default Can I Use My Own Intials That Have Been Trademarked by a Company

    Let's say a company that sells cookware uses the trademarks Timothy Trolosky (name of the person who started the company) and TT (his initials). Now I am in the service industry of photography and my name is Trent Tio. Can I use my initials TT for my service trademark so long as my TT design is different from theirs? I have already checked TESS and found nobody has submitted something like mine.

    Thank you for your responses.

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    Default Re: Can I Use My Own Intials That Have Been Trademarked by a Company

    More importantly you and he are in entirely different classes of goods and services so his trademarks, if any, should not make any difference. I don't know if the USPTO will allow your registration though. Give it a try if you want.

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    Default Re: Can I Use My Own Intials That Have Been Trademarked by a Company

    If you're in a completely different line of business it should not be an issue - consider, e.g., ABC TV versus ABC Warehouse.

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