- August 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm #173408
I wont give the actual company name I’m looking at using, but I shall give an example below;
Example name: RedGrapes
I have searched to see if my name has been trademarked, which it has, but they seem to be based in Rome, Italy. It also doesn’t explain what industry they are in.
Would this affect me using the name for my online clothing company if there not based in the UK? Also with the words being trademarked does this mean I can not use the words RedGrapes on my labels as my brand name?
The domain of redgrapes.com and redgrapes.co.uk have been taken (but not by the company that has trademarked the name), they have trademarked the name ‘RedGrapes’ but another company (online marketing company) have the domain for redgrapes.com..
The trademark for ‘Redgrapes’ is under Class 25 (Clothing / Footwear / Headgear) Class 41 & Class 43. Now if for example I was to use the domain, redgrapesclothing.com and have the name red grapes clothing as my brand name would this be fine as I haven’t used the exact words i.e red grapes?
Can I still use Redgrapes on my labels / clothing as my brand name even though someone has trademarked the name in Rome Italy under class 25? or would it be best to add the word clothing at the end.
If I add the word ‘clothing’ at the end of red grapes (red grapes clothing) does this infringe the trade mark of red grapes?
I stress again that red grapes isn’t my company name, its just an example I’ve used.
Thank you in advance.
AdamAugust 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm #174066
Hello Adam, It depends on how they have trademarked their company, there is one where it does it across the whole of Europe but only large companies can afford that, and there are ones only for a certain country. If they are a small company then i doubt they can afford the European one, so you should be ok.