I'm writing a sci-fi book series. As a true nerd, I want to use some characters to "do homage" to famous scientists, acronyms for experimental methods, and (here's the question) trademarked instruments. All would be disguised somewhat; i.e., they are insider jokes ("easter eggs"). Either I would change the spelling, or use an anagram. So my question is: I'm on solid legal ground, here, right?
Example1 (not in my books, though): Pepsi Cola => Spice Lopa, the village sweetheart
Example2 (also not in my books): Microsoft => Mike Rosoff, the scheming alderman
I know none of you are lawyers, but I'm hoping someone might know anyway.