Do the words in bold sound OK to native English speakers?

(1) A lot of garments branded by a few well-known companies have been copied illegally.
(2) Logos and phrases trademarked by some well-known companies have been copied illegally.

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    Garments cannot be copied; logos and phrases can be. Hence, the second one is correct.
    – Ram Pillai
    Dec 29, 2020 at 11:08

1 Answer 1


You probably want "trademarked" here. It refers to a specific legal intellectual property protection, while "branding" is a more generic term. Something that is branded is simply marked in some way by its manufacturer (or owner, for example in the case of branding cattle). Something that is trademarked is legally protected by trademark law.

That said, garments themselves can't be trademarked: only the logos and names. Designs and manufacturing methods can be patented though.

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    I don't think they are trying to pick one; they wonder if both seem ok Dec 29, 2020 at 8:27
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    @JustinStafford Could be, but both examples talk about illegal copying. Hopefully I've given enough information to figure it out. Certainly both choices are grammatical.
    – TypeIA
    Dec 29, 2020 at 10:59
  • Thank you, everyone, for your feedback.
    – ansonman
    Dec 31, 2020 at 2:13

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