Imaginary Friends Trademark Information

Imaginary Friends – United States Registration No. 2142251

Facts about this trademark:

  • The mark was filed on December 12, 1996

  • The mark was registered on March 10, 1998

  • The mark is for use of the name “Imaginary Friends” in trade

  • This mark covers the categories of “pre-recorded compact discs, audio and video cassettes featuring music” and “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical band.”

  • The mark is both a trademark and service mark on the principal register

General Trademark Information:

What is a trademark?

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, “a trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.”

What rights does a trademark holder have?

A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services, preventing others from using the same or a confusingly similar mark to identify the source of their goods or services where this would cause confusion in the mind of consumers.

What advantages does registration give to a trademark holder?

According to the USPTO, there are several advantages to registering a trademark on the principal register, including:

  • Public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark;
  • A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration;
  • The ability to bring an action concerning the mark in federal court;
  • The use of the U.S. registration as a basis to obtain registration in foreign countries;
  • The ability to record the U.S. registration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Service to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods;
  • The right to use the federal registration symbol ®; and
  • Listing in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s online databases.

For more information about trademarks generally, please see this document created by the USPTO.

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