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Hello people!! This is my first post. I want to start a brand and I came up with a name but I found out that a music band has the same name. Can I still use the brand name?

Will I have trademark issues if I decided to use it? or will I be ok since it's a different type of business.
 

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Hey Will, welcome to the forums.

Start by searching the USPTO website and see if they own a federally registered trademark on the name. This one is a bit of a tough call. Generally, as long as the two companies are in different industries, it would be ok to have the same name. But it's very common for bands to sell merchandise, including apparel. So you may not only have a hard time getting a trademark, but you could also be infringing on their intellectual property. It's probably best to consult an IP attorney on this one.
 
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