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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:47 am    Post subject: Name Rights Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was just doing some thinking this weekend and I was wondering. Does Agco own the rights to the Minneapolis Moline logo, the Twin City, Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., logo, Oliver, Cockshutt, Massey etc? They all fall under the Agco name today.

Are there limitations to these sorts of things?Do you think I would be breaking the law if I used an old logo?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Name Rights Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes you will probably be violating name rights if you use the logos.

I do not know the specifics, but AGCO is a billion dollar corporation. They have lots of good lawyers. You can bet they covered all the bases when they acquired the rights.

You might research the use of logos. I would say if you make a T-shirt for personal use, you would probably be OK. If you try to sell one you would probably violate copyright law.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:24 am    Post subject: Re: Name Rights Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It would be a good idea to do a trademark search before undertaking this endeavour. You can do ths at

This is the U.S. patent and trademark office.

Seems to me Agco still has rights to the MM name but TC and some of the older ones may be dead.


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