Does a trademark expire and what if a company has a similar trademark in name only registered but is not actively using it?
State/Country relating to question: California
Hello, Im researching your answer now.
If you do not renew your trademark, it is only good for ten years.
And at the 5 or 6 year mark, you have to update some info.
If a name has not been renewed you are free to claim it.
Can I ask something else?
If the name is XXXXXXXXXX XXX active but not literally being used, you cannot use it.
Well, not without the owners consent.
Here's my deal i am building a company and I've named it livehirewire, inc. there is a trademark registered by careers USA as hirewire. They registered it as a recruitment site, but they are using it as a recruitment newsletter site. Is livehirewire too similar to hirewire?
What type of business are you going to be doing
We are a job board and live personal profile site.
The industries are simular enough. Theres no way to tell whether there would be substantial simularity without getting into litigation but there is significant enough concern to probably avoid that close of a name.
You would probably get a cease a desist letter at some point.
Ok thank you
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