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OK! If, for example we used a charcoal drawing depicting the

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OK! If, for example we used a charcoal drawing depicting the Eiffel Tower on our business cards and website for our business called Tower Widgets in Dallas, would that be legal here in the US? If we instead used a depiction of the Statue of Liberty (statue itslef not an emblem, like flag or currency) for our Chicago business name of Liberty widgets... would such use be legal under US law? I have seen such similar use for the logo of the insurance company at libertymutual.com -- is any kind of p

In the USA, you would have no issues for either use, as long as there is no competitor who is already using a logo for the same purposes.

You will have to search the USPTO database to determine if there is a similar use.

Go to this link. Select the Word and/or Design Mark Search (Structured) search link. Type in "Statue of Liberty" (including the quotation marks) in the Search Term box, and select Design Description from the Field box. Then click Submit Query. The list returned will be every U.S. Trademark containing a Statue of Liberty image. If none of the images appear to be in a use similar to your "widget" use, then you're in good shape.

You would do the same thing for the "Eiffel Tower" search.

Hope this helps.

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