Being new to this trade, I have a few questions regarding
trademark/copyright laws and the like.
Every famous company has trademarked logos, golden arches
(McDonalds) Big lips with a tongue sticking out (Rolling Stones)…
or perhaps a specially created ‘font’ that something is spelled out
such as the “New England Patriots” logo.
It’s an obvious violation to reproduce their artistic rendition of a
My question is… is it a violation to use a famous persons name in
a standard ‘font’ on an engraved piece of work?
For example… is it a violation to engrave the name “Frank
Sinatra” in typical single line block type on a piece of jewelry?
What if you wished to create a small charm that was engraved with
"Houston Oilers" on it in a typical double line script?
…and, what if the name was accompanied by a logo created by the
jeweler and associated with the person, place, or thing but hasn’t
been made into an artistic expression by the famous person… (such
as the picture of a glove under the name Micheal Jackson). [Assuming
he hasn’t made that into some king of logo. If he has, I don’t know;
It’s just an example so assume he hasn’t for the sake of me
expressing my question.
Here’s yet another question… What if you wished to sell a bracelet
with a larger flat area engraved with “Just Do It”. (This is a Nike
phrase but the name “Nike” does not appear engraved on the piece of
All items listed are corny examples I came up with for the purpose
of this post… Are any and/or all of these examples in violation of
I look forward to hearing your responses because I’m quite foggy
about this trademark concept.
Thank you all in advance!