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We went to file a logo and then after I was searching google and found the same name registered as a wordmark in Canada. So we are wondering if we have to change our name if its in a different Industry or modify the name slightly

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Customer reply replied 9 days ago
just to add some more information, the name we registered is citiconnect inc. in BC as a corporation that was approved by the government. After we built our website citiconnect.ca, I typed in citiconnect into google and some links came up with the name citiconnect with a registered trademark in Canada and the US by Citibank. So my question is, our company is in the business of wireless networks and sensors and citibank uses the name for a software service connector to financial applications and services that they offer. So, my question is will we have an issue if we use the name or change it to citiconnected and use it on our website citiconnected.com. Citibank does not use the domain name citiconnect.com or .ca. We have registered domain name citiconnect.ca. If there is any risk that this will be an issue later, then we would change the name now as we are just registering a new company for business.
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I am sorry to hear that it sounds like you are in a difficult situation.

Even if you are in a different industry you cannot use a name that was created by someone else without their consent as they hold the copyright to the name.

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Customer reply replied 9 days ago
I understand that part, but can the new name contain the old name plus more letters...ie citiconnect was the original name and was trade marked, can the new name be citiconnected? Or is that still to close to the old name?

It is likely going to be considered too close to the old name.

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