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Old 09-15-13, 05:21 PM   #3
Isabella
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Would it lend itself to something like the way Houdini named himself after Houdin?

I think if there's been a song and a movie, it's passed into pop culture and it's fair game.

My group is Aerial Angels. There are also Aerial Angels in Australia, and a gymnastics club called that in the USA - it's a pretty logical name. One group was named that in Canada, but we had already filed a trademark in Canada and asked them to stop.

So if the guy has filed a trademark on the name, he might be able to stop you using it - but filing trademark in the USA is a good deal more expensive and time-consuming than in Canada. We only bothered to file because we were going to be on Canadian TV and the producers asked us to. And it's unlikely to be enforceable in Europe.
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