I'm starting an apparel company called "Gnar Snowboarding Apparel." I've just found out there is a snowboarding/skateboarding/surfing company existing called "Gnarly Clothes." Am I infringing on that company by using the name I am?

Asked 21 days ago in Banff, Alberta
Categories: Business Law

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Ayesha Naaz

Answer by Ayesha Naaz

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After running a NUANS search, if there's another Company named 'Gnarly....' running a different business with different products and services, to be on the safe side, it's better not to have very similar names and best to obtain a trademark of the new name asap. This is, however, a suggestion as there are other considerations such as how integral the term 'Gnar...' is to your business mission and vision and so on.

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