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Question: Is it trademark infringement to use a character name in the name of a club?

I want to form a video game club and the name I would like to use references a video game character. The slogan for the club is also a pun of a slogan from the video game. The club is intended to be a forum for people to get together to play video games and might include volunteering or fundraising for local charities.

Answer: Whether there might be infringement depends on whether the name of the character is a trademark. If it is, the trademark might cover not just the character but also video games.

A search of trademarks at the USPTO might reveal more information on the protection of this name.

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