No industry, market or business may be truly free of concerns about competitors trying to gain advantages through unfair practices. This is part of why trademarks, patents and other forms of intellectual property are called out and able to be granted certain protections. However, these protections or marks may be granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office but must be upheld by individual mark or intellectual property owners themselves.
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If you want to name your business or a certain product or service you offer something special, you will want to pay attention to any trademarks that may exist for the terms you are considering. If you end up using a term that is legally trademarked by someone else, you may be at risk for that company to ask you to stop using the name or mark. Understanding what may give credence to such a request will be important for you to know.