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Reader Question: Will my trademark application be denied if…

"Suzy" asks: If I look on uspto.gov and see that there is a company already trademarked under a name similiar to my company’s name will my trademarked registration be denied?   My response:   Not necessarily. Just because someone else has trademarked a name similar to yours does not always hurt your chances for getting a trademark.   A perfect example is the trademarked name "Delta".   There are two companies using this name. First, Delta Airlines. Second, Delta Faucets. How can these two companies claim the trademark for Delta? The answer lies in trademark categories.   As of this writing there are 45 trademark categories (divided by products and services). A few examples of categories are machinery products, musical instruments, medical device products, rubber products,