Is "Blackjack" a trademark? Does it belong to a particular company?

Discussion in 'Indie Business' started by AlexN, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. AlexN

    Original Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    210
    Likes Received:
    0
    I know "Spanish 21" is a trademark that belongs to Masque; but what about "Blackjack"? Or "Texas hold 'em"?
     
  2. Nikos Beck

    Nikos Beck New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    321
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good question. I think "Blackjack" is public domain. It's a common name so even if it was trademarked by someone, it's not anymore. "Texas Hold'Em" as well. It is a game from the early 1900s, introduced to Las Vegas in the sixties. You can probably use either name without any danger of trademark infringement.
     
  3. Jonas

    Indie Author

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2004
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    When in doubt, its better to look than be sorry.

    Heres a link to the USPTO's trademark search:
    http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=login&p_lang=english&p_d=trmk

    There's definitely "blackjack" trademarks that are currently live and plenty of "texas hold'em" records as well.

    The deal is that trademarks are not all inclusive, they are issued by what goods or services you sell. So you want to check if they are available for your category.
     
  4. arcadetown

    Moderator Original Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2004
    Messages:
    1,476
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yup "BlackJack" is a very common term so a trademark of "Blackjack" on a card game no way. Trademark of say "blackjack maniac" then maybe.

    But also depends on the category of application. If say you sold a line of radar detectors you could maybe get a trademark on that, but would only apply to that category.
     

Share This Page

  • About Indie Gamer

    When the original Dexterity Forums closed in 2004, Indie Gamer was born and a diverse community has grown out of a passion for creating great games. Here you will find over 10 years of in-depth discussion on game design, the business of game development, and marketing/sales. Indie Gamer also provides a friendly place to meet up with other Developers, Artists, Composers and Writers.
  • Buy us a beer!

    Indie Gamer is delicately held together by a single poor bastard who thankfully gets help from various community volunteers. If you frequent this site or have found value in something you've learned here, help keep the site running by donating a few dollars (for beer of course)!

    Sure, I'll Buy You a Beer