Intellectual Property Law
Ask an Intellectual Property Lawyer. Get an Answer ASAP.
Hello, I will be assisting you
The answer depends on the use of these words (actually marks as NYPD is a trademark that belongs to NYC)
Under the diminutive use doctrine one can mention a trademark without permission provided confusion is not created in consumers as to the use of the mark. For example, it should be ok to mention that "the NYPD recommends never to talk to strangers" (if in fact they recommend this).
what do you intend the ad to be?
I was asked to switch to Q&A mode since you indicated you could not see my request for information.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).