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A: Sure. Notice Apple®, formerly Apple computer®. The issue with using any word in a trademark is where and how you are going to be using it. If, for example, you are selling apples, then you may have some difficulty with registering the term "apple" to apply to your goods. But like Apple Computer, since the term apple really doesn't describe computers, they were able to register the word for their goods. If you still need assistance with your trademark questions, you are welcome to contact me.
A: For clarification, I am assuming your use of "registered" means federally registered, versus state registration. However, the answer to your question would depend on a number of factors. For example, just because a mark isn't registered, doesn't mean that its not protected. So one question would be whether the mark is in use even though it is not registered. If the mark is being used somewhere, another question would be where are you planning to use the mark. The analysis of the availability of a mark is a nuanced question with many facets to consider.
A: The question of how you choose to split the tax liability among the owners isn't necessarily a legal one. However, under Illinois state law, in general, all owners of a property are jointly and severally liable for the property tax. That means that the governmental entity can seek to collect the full amount of any unpaid property taxes from any one or more of the owners of the property.
*This is not legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship*