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Can I License and own my Great Grandfathers name?

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Can I License and own my Great Grandfathers name?
Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm an Intellectual Property litigation attorney. Thanks for your question.

Generally, in order to trademark a name, it has to identify a services or good that is being sold, and the name must be necessary to distinguish the name from others. In other words, the name has to tell consumers who you are and what you sell all on its own.

if you're not selling a product or service under the name, it isn't likely that a trademark would be possible.
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