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If I created a headerbar like Stack Exchange/ SO's site, would I be infringing on copyright or trademark?

For an example, a dropdown on the left with my own logo, and menu options on the right with a search field.

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Very, very unlikely. – Pëkka Sep 10 '12 at 2:53
many sites have that kind of technology, so it will all depend on whether you imitate it or copy it. (and I am not even sure if copying it will result in legal issues, but I wouldn't run the risk) – ajax333221 Sep 10 '12 at 2:55
As insane as design patents are there's far too much prior art to patent any combination of the above in any sort of general case – Ben Brocka Sep 10 '12 at 2:57
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just don't use any of our code (HTML, CSS, etc.) or logos and you'll be fine.

Trademark Guidance

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