Adobe Illustrator/logo and font trademarks


Hi Kevin,

I designed a logo in Illustrator for a title of my book.  Somebody said I have to make sure the font is not trademarked.  This is the first I am hearing of this.  I assumed that just the nature of Illustrator would allow me to use the fonts in its Que as public domain.  How would one do a logo without creating their own font.  I cannot believe that would have to be the case.  Could you explain.

I already submitted my logo for a trademark.  At that time no one warned me of a font's permission to use.



Hi Anthony,

While I can't give legal advice generally the designer does need permission as certain fonts are copyrighted. Especially if you are trademarking the logo, you need to do your research on the licensing for the fonts you used.



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Kevin Stohlmeyer


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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