Updated October 3, 2012
Using a company or business name, logo, or other trademark-protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business affiliation may be considered a trademark policy violation.
When we receive reports of trademark policy violations from holders of federal or international trademark registrations, we review the account and may take the following actions:
Using another's trademark in a way that has nothing to do with the product or service for which the trademark was granted is not a violation of Twitter's trademark policy.
Twitter users are allowed to create news feed, commentary, and fan accounts. Twitter provides a platform for its users to share and receive a wide range of ideas and content, and we greatly value and respect our users' expression. Because of these principles, we do not actively monitor users' content and will not edit or remove user content, except in cases of violations of our Terms of Service.
An account's profile information should make it clear that the account is not actually the company or business entity that is the subject of the news feed/commentary/fan account. Here are some suggestions for distinguishing your account:
Users may also choose to use different language to indicate that an account is not associated with the actual brand/company/product so long as it is clear and not confusing to others, and does not mislead or deceive.
If an account is reported to be confusing, we may request that the account holder make further changes to bring the account in compliance with these best practices.
We strongly recommend that you use all of Twitter's account settings (account name, location, web, and bio) to make your account's affiliation clear.
In order to investigate trademark policy violations, please provide all of the following information:
Username of the reported account (e.g., @safety or http://www.twitter.com/safety):
Your company name:
Your company Twitter account (if there is one):
Your trademarked word, symbol, etc. (e.g. Twitter):
Trademark registration number:
Trademark registration office (e.g., USPTO):
Note: A federal or international trademark registration number is required. If the name you are reporting is not a registered mark (e.g., a government agency or non-profit organization), please let us know:
Your first and last name:
Email (must be from company domain):
Description of confusion (e.g., passing off as your company, including specific descriptions of content or behavior):
Requested Action (e.g., removal of violating account or transfer of trademarked username to an existing company account):
You do not need a Twitter account to submit a trademark report. Holders of registered trademarks can report possible violations to Twitter's Policy Team through our support forms.
Please submit trademark-related requests from your company email address and follow the format above to help expedite our response. Also, be sure to clearly describe to us why the account or Tweets may cause confusion with your mark.