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I want to use the word FBI and NYPD but no insignia or badge

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I want to use the word FBI and NYPD but no insignia or badge in a commercial display for a law ad saying never talk to strangers
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  BizIPEsq. replied 4 years ago.

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Hello, I will be assisting you

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The answer depends on the use of these words (actually marks as NYPD is a trademark that belongs to NYC)

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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).

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what do you intend the ad to be?

Expert:  BizIPEsq. replied 4 years ago.

I was asked to switch to Q&A mode since you indicated you could not see my request for information.

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