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The exclusive right to the use of a proper trademark will be protected by injunction. Words descriptive of quality do not constitute a valid trademark and cannot be thus protected.22 A person's name may be a proper trade-mark and will be protected against everyone except another person of the same name, and a person may be even enjoined from intentionally using his own name in such a manner as to deceive the public.23 A person may also have the right to use his name by the assignment of it with the good will of the business.24
18 22 Cyc, 846; Dwight vs. Hamilton, 113 Mass., 175.
19 Pomeroy on Equity Jurisprudence, Sec. 1352. 20 Parker vs. Sears, 1 Fish Pat.
Cases, 93; Fed. Cas. No. 10,748 21 Standard Elevator Co. vs. Crane El. Co., 56 Fed., 718; 6 C. C A., 100.
The principles governing the use of geographical names as trade marks are substantially the same as those governing the use of proper names.