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Commodores in a battle over name usage

Music fans in Connecticut may have heard that a former member of the Commodores has been sued for trademark infringement by Commodores Entertainment Corp. (CEC). According to the lawsuit, the former member began performing under the name 'The Commodores Experience featuring Thomas McClary." The lawsuit was filed in 2014, and McClary was barred by a court from using the name in 2016. A court later ruled that he couldn't refer to himself as the founder of the Commodores as it could be confusing to fans.

Popular terms overwhelmingly registered as trademarks

Many Connecticut business owners and entrepreneurs may be considering filing for a trademark for their own products and services. However, they could run into more difficulty than expected, as a new study has found that 81 percent of the most common 1,000 words in the English language are registered as single-word trademarks. The study's authors warned of the potential of future problems with the creation of brand names.

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