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View Poll Results: What is a good name for a TRS80 Voice Synthesizer Project?

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  • TRS*Talker/80

    9 45.00%
  • TashTalker-80

    9 45.00%
  • TrisTalker.80

    2 10.00%
  • ShackSpeak

    1 5.00%
  • Speak&Shack

    0 0%
  • ShackSpeech

    0 0%
  • Speak&Trash

    0 0%
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Thread: Who owns rights to Tandy trademark / name / label?

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    Default Who owns rights to Tandy trademark / name / label?

    Does anybody know the answer to this question? Would it be possible to create a hardware device and give it a "Tandy" in its name? I was thinking of "TandyTalker" or something for the speech synth that I am building. Will I get a restraining order for trademark infringement or does nobody care these days?

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    Interesting. That's Tandy UK... does the name apply in the US?

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    You can check with the Trademark Office and do a search on Live (current) holders of the Tandy trademark. There are at least two potentially problematic holders of the Tandy trademark: the British Tandy Corporation which sells electronics and Tandy Electronics which is owned by General Wireless, the US corporation that picked up the remnants of Radio Shack.

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    Alright, thanks... I guess it is safer to stay away from using the name then
    TandyTalker sounded nice, but maybe I'll use TrashTalker instead - if that doesn't offend the Podcast guys (Just kidding...)

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    Don't forget that Tandy Leather is still in business.
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    ...and of course, the late actress, Jessica Tandy.

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    I'm not a lawyer nor do a I play one on TV, but I think in theory at least if you incorporate a company's name into the name of an individual product in a "functional" way (IE, in the case of something like "TandyTalker" the "Tandy" is in there to indicate it's a device that works with Tandy computers and not *strictly* a way to co-op the registered trademark for your own general use) you get to kind of a gray area of Trademark law that might make it less than a slam dunk if someone actually cared enough to try to shut you down. Not that I'm encouraging you to test those limits or anything.

    (And "TrashTalker" is a pretty great name.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
    ...I think in theory at least if you incorporate a company's name into the name of an individual product in a "functional" way (IE, in the case of something like "TandyTalker" the "Tandy" is in there to indicate it's a device that works with Tandy computers and not *strictly* a way to co-op the registered trademark for your own general use) you get to kind of a gray area of Trademark law that might make it less than a slam dunk if someone actually cared enough to try to shut you down.
    The only way that would work (without getting hauled into court) is under license... from Tandy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    ...and of course, the late actress, Jessica Tandy.
    ... I guess she won't sue me then (will stay away from the Ouija Board for a while )

    Would Apple go after me if I sold an "AppleCutter"?

    Well, I'll use a different name... safer.

    The guys that did the "Spectrum Next" used the Sinclair brand, and got permission from Sky In-Home Service Limited (which was Sky, which bought Amstrad, which bought Sinclair)

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