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Disputes in the Financial Service Industry

Published in Managing Intellectual Property
Article | July / August 2006

The hedge fund industry has become big business in recent years and funds have tried to distinguish themselves for investors by choosing unique names to serve as source identifiers for the particular financial services they offer. As the hedge fund industry expands, financial service providers doing business in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> offering investment opportunities often come into conflict with similar companies domiciled overseas using confusingly similar names. However, the unique regulations that apply to the hedge fund industry may, under certain circumstances, alter the traditional trade mark analysis applied when a trade mark dispute arises.

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