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This is a common question even asked when the first name is trademarked. Your case has an even more lenient standard.
In a trademark violation case, courts consider 2 factors:
1. Is it exactly the same or is there some variation; and more importantly
2. Are the enterprises in the same industry, If they were both bakeries it may be risky. If one is a bakery and the other a stationery store.....much less confusion.
The point is......will the public get confused as to which store they are patronizing if they are both bakeries. Less confusion if one bakery; one stationery store.
And remember that's if the first name is trademarked. If your case does not involve a trademark, consider the factors above. Any questions come back and start a question with THIS IS FOR RVLAW.
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