I had no thoughts of the 'Target' logo come to mind on the first look until you mentioned it possibly looking like the 'Target' logo. And now every time i look at the logo i have a hard time not thinking of Target.
I'm no lawyer, but I'd say it's contestable, however not necessarily so.
Visually, the only difference btwn your logo and the target one is that yours has the slanted bar on the right side.
Seems more like a derivative work than a redesign. I would scrap the whole thing on the basis that it even remotely resembles another company logo. That's just me though. I like all my designs to be strictly exclusive like that.
the thing is that it started out as an outline of what is not filled in with black. In that intial stage it looked nothing like the target logo. But in that form its too complex, so i simplified it. This is the result and i quite like it and definitely dont want to scrap it. Also the fact that target logo is red should play a role.
virginco - i see. It looks good though. Like i said earlier, at first sight, i thought nothing of the 'Target' logo. I think that's where it counts the most -if the average person has the tendency to confuse it with the 'Target' logo (or some other established entity).
Before you file for it, just be sure to get final opinion of the attorney that deals with these type of things on the regular. If they don't foresee there being a likelihood of ,then i would def go for it!
Definitely didnt think of Target until you mentioned it. It should hold up on its own considering its not for a company like Target and its unique enough standalone. Im not an expert but it seems fine.
My answer is no. What I'm seeing in an A in black, with a circle in the middle. You are using geometric shapes in your logo, and those cannot be copyrighted. It's black and their is red, and as a000molecule mentioned, a target or a double circle is not the property of Target, nor the letter a. You're clean
"Target" wasn't even close to what I thought when I first saw your logo, and as a matter of fact, I'm gambling a stamp that you might have trouble trademarking it as is. The US Copyright Office (I'm assuming you're from the US) is very particular about trademarking things that look suspiciously like letters of the alphabet.
Otherwise, big corps. would already own the Alphabet, and charge for publication of any written word.
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