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« on: October 07, 2018, 12:52:19 PM »

We've been working on a game for a while, and we found out that the name we chose two months ago, was also taken by a game from 1998, a game made by Lucas Arts.
Is there a place online where we can find out if we could use the same name, and if not, possibly copyright it ?
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 05:09:41 PM »

You're probably thinking of a trademark. If you're in the USA, search the USPTO trademark database.

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer. A public forum is not the right source to get authoritative legal advice, but you can at least prep for a legal consultation by searching the database yourself and also checking domain name registrations for your game name ideas.

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 08:27:31 PM »

Not located in the US, located in Europe. Was looking for "trademark" indeed. If anyone has more info on the matter that would be great.
We'll also get in touch with a legal representative however, the problem is that it's difficult to find someone with this particular type of experience and expertise around here.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 07:03:38 AM »

Looks like the World Intellectual Property Organization's Global Brand Database might be helpful. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 10:42:33 AM »

Something you might also want to take a look at is the US Copyright Registration Database: https://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First

Just be aware that companies can go after you for any reason they can find. Take the Mojang and Bethseda's Scrolls v The Elder Scrolls Case: https://kotaku.com/5844247/the-elder-scrolls-vs-mojang-scrolls-battle-goes-to-court

Not trying to scare you and I'm not a lawyer either. Just making sure you're aware that a corporation interested in protecting an IP and pulling something has happened quite a lot over the years.
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