What are the resources to run a thorough name check to make sure I don’t choose a name for my record label that is already in use?

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What are the resources to run a thorough name check to make sure I don’t choose a name for my record label that is already in use?

You can do your own free search of trademarks registered federally at the US Patent and Trademark Site: http://www.uspto.gov/main/search.html. This site also has a lot of information on copyrights.

However, without going into details, there are other things to search for than federally registered trademarks; there can be state law trademarks and common law trademarks. There are several online sites that provide these searches for a fee.

Another good alternative would be to hire a lawyer specializing in Copyright and Trademark law.

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