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You can certainly trademark a word or combination of words without reference to typography or colors. "Ford Motor Company" is a trademarked term, as is "Ford" when referring to motor vehicles. You cannot trademark a normal word used in its normal way. And trademark does not protect the use of the trademark nominatively (that is, to identify the trademarked product) but only uses which are intended to or likely to cause confusion to a buyer. (Juries get to decide that, btw.)

 

You can also trademark designs, combinations of words and typography, the sound of the exhaust from specific vehicles (Harley-Davidson did that with their bikes, though they, as I understand it, dropped the trademark claim as not worth the trouble and expense to defend), or any number of other brand identity elements.

 

But talk to a trademark lawyer if you're planning to try to establish one. Like the other IP protections, trademark is very fact and caselaw dependent and only a specialist can really stay abreast of the state of the law.

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The distinctions between © and ™ are subtle, but boil down to what Doug said above, and added to that that © prevents people from being allowed to duplicate or replicate. Our Miniatures are copyrighted. Our logo is both © and ™. As such, our logo may not be used without permission (except for fair use). The name Reaper Miniatures is a Trademark of Reaper Miniatures, PTN, a subsidiary of Hobby-Q. As such, nobody else may engage in trade AS Reaper Miniatures, although they may trade our product.

 

Midgard as a word cannot be copyrighted, because it is a mythological term that is Public Domain. The specific phrase Midgard Miniatures can be copyrighted and or Trademarked, and probably has been.

 

The articles explaining ™ and © on Wikipedia are actually quite reasonable.

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One important distinction is that copyright is intended more to benefit the holder, where trademark is intended to benefit the consumer.

 

Copyright exists to make sure that the copyright holder has a window of exclusivity to make money with their product (a window that has been extended a great deal in modern times). It helps encourage innovation by making sure they have a financial incentive to make new products.

 

Trademark, on the other hand, exists to ensure you know who you're dealing with. When you buy a Reaper miniature, you know that you're buying from Ed Pugh and company. They have a reputation for good products and customer service. If just anyone could use the name, you wouldn't have that guarantee. Same with, say, Ford, or Sony, or Apple. When these names are used, you can be sure of who you're dealing with. You can look at their reputation, other products, and get a feel for whether or not you want to give them your money.

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i like whats come out so far but i would like to see mike sorting out his other kickstarters first aka dwarf gladiators (will ship in December) but i havnt seen alot of the greens for it etc

 

From what i've heard over in the comments section is that everything is on track to have the initial deliveries out this month. He last provided an update 6 days ago, so hopefully we'll hear something today or tomorrow about it :-)

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i like whats come out so far but i would like to see mike sorting out his other kickstarters first aka dwarf gladiators (will ship in December) but i havnt seen alot of the greens for it etc

 

From what i've heard over in the comments section is that everything is on track to have the initial deliveries out this month. He last provided an update 6 days ago, so hopefully we'll hear something today or tomorrow about it :-)

 

Yeah, I gotta agree with Shogun here; it's been pretty silent over in dwarf land, and I feel doubtful about this stuff being delivered in December (as was stated on November 26th). We'll see though.

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