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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Trademark in Names

    What about the Legal for Domain Names that contains other Domain Names in their names which are Trademarked. Something like namegoogle.com . Is it a legal domain?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Los Angeles / NYC
    kb0000, welcome to DomainState!

    The strength and scope of trademark protection is based on the type of trademark and the class of product it covers. Trademarks in descending order from strongest to weakest are fanciful, arbitrary, suggestive, descriptive and generic. Google is a fanciful (i.e. made-up word) trademark and has strong levels of protection. It is also famous which gives it additional trademark rights. In certain situations, there may be legitimate reasons to register a domain incorporating someone else's trademark. Just make sure that if you do so, you have a legitimate reason and evidence to back you up in the event a dispute arises.

    Chilling Effects has a good primer on trademarks and domain names.

    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and these are only my personal opinions. If you require legal advice, you should seek qualified legal counsel.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    domain names that incorporate famous trademarks are almost never acceptable domains. they will get you fried in San Quentins electric chair, or at least have the domain taken away from you in WIPO.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Here & there.
    Originally posted by draqon
    they will get you fried in San Quentins electric chair, or at least have the domain taken away from you in WIPO.
    I forget, which one is worse?
    "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in!"

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