It is possible to infringe on someone’s intellectual property within your resource title. The most common issue with titles has to do with trademark rights. While titles can’t be copyrighted, they can be trademarked if they’re unique enough. For example, you couldn’t title your next book, “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone” which has been trademarked. Therefore, as with the content of your resource, the safest approach when titling your resources is to come up with your own unique title.
You can also run into trademark trouble if you use a brand name or other trademarked term in your title. Whenever you’re associating your work with a trademarked name, you have to be super careful not to make it sound like your product is made or endorsed by that brand or company. The safest option is to not use any trademarked terms or names as part of your title.
If you are going to use a trademarked term or name in your title, there’s no guarantee you’ll be safe. But, it’s typically safer to indicate clearly in your title that your resource is “for use with”, “made for” or “compatible with” the other product.
For example, listing my homemade laptop case as “Laptop case made for use with Apple laptops” would be safer than “Apple Laptop Case”. Why? The second example could lead some folks to believe that the laptop case is an Apple product associated with, endorsed, or made by Apple while the first example indicates only that the case is compatible with Apple products.
For more information on copyright and trademark topics, check out our Copyright & Trademark section in TPT U, and consider taking our Copyright & Trademark Quiz!