"How are trademark rights earned?
The key word in this question is “earned.” Trademarks are not born; rather, they must be earned. By using a mark in connection with a good or service, the user acquires some trademark rights. Interestingly, though trademarks are protected under both state and federal law, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER A TRADEMARK in order to have it protected "
For the rest of your post, read "What is Trademark Infringement?" on the same page.
As far as you contributing to a defense, you'll lose your money bro but it's your choice...
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