What is a trademark?
Trademarks are another type of intellectual property that is protected by law. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or products of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. Some examples include: brand names, slogans, and logos. The term "trademark" is often used in a general sense to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
Can a trademark owner stop me from using a trademark?
A trademark owner can restrict others from using a mark if there is a “likelihood of confusion” between the owner’s trademark and the other mark. A likelihood of confusion exists if (1) the marks are similar enough to each other; and (2) the good and/or services of the parties are related such that consumers would mistakenly believe that they came from the same source.
What trademarks does Community of Christ own and can I use them in my project?
The Church owns several trademarks, including the Community of Christ logo and other iconic imagery and phrases associated with Community of Christ. Church employees, as well as congregations and mission centers are permitted to use trademarks associated with Community of Christ when they do so in furtherance of official Church purposes and in compliance with Community of Christ’s Visual Identity Standards. For any other use, additional permission would be required. Requests for use of Church trademarks should be submitted to the Office of General Counsel.