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            Chicago, Illinois

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Trademarks

Trademarks Directory
About Trademarks
More on Trademarks
Why Protect a Trademark
Trademarks vs Patents
Trademark Infringement
Trademark Internet Issues
Trademark Weight
Trademark Myths
TM Searches - Basic
TM Searches - Corporate
TM Pre-filing Assessment
About TM Registrations
Registration Process Outline
TM Registrations - Standard
TM Registrations - Corporate
TM Stand. Registration Order
Naming & Branding
About Domain Names
Names as Trademarks
Slogans
Oppositions
Cancellations
Trademark Consultations
On-Line Order Searches

 

Trademarks

Trademarks Directory
About Trademarks
More on Trademarks
Why Protect a Trademark
Trademarks vs Patents
Trademark Infringement
Trademark Internet Issues
Trademark Weight
Trademark Myths
TM Searches - Basic
TM Searches - Corporate
TM Pre-filing Assessment
About TM Registrations
Registration Process Outline
TM Registrations - Standard
TM Registrations - Corporate
TM Stand. Registration Order
Naming & Branding
About Domain Names
Names as Trademarks
Slogans
Oppositions
Cancellations
Trademark Consultations
On-Line Order Searches

   

 

 


About Internet Domain Names


Unique Trademark Issues

  • Internet domain name is protectable and registrable if it functions as a source identifier (brand name).

  • The TLD part (.com, .org, .net, www., etc.) carries no trademark weight (comments below).

  • Word stringing ("chicagoattorney" or "paintstore" etc.) carries no trademark weight (comments below).

  • Domain name registration is not an equivalent to trademark registration.

  • Domain name dispute rules are preliminaries that do not trump trademark laws.


TLDs Accorded No Trademark Weight

  • The TLD part of the mark is accorded no trademark weight, -- it is ignored when determining issues such as descriptiveness, likelihood of confusion and the like.

  • In other words, if the domain name is generic, descriptive, too close to another trademark, ...., the .com, .org, .net (etc.) will not cure the infirmity.

  • Exception, still hypothetical, is a .com or whatever that creates a composite sufficiently more distinctive in commercial impression than its separate parts (via incongruity, double entendre etc.).


Word Strings Accorded No Trademark Weight

  • Word stringing, such as "chicagoattorney" or "paintstore", is accorded no trademark weight -- it is ignored when determining issues such as descriptiveness, likelihood of confusion and the like.

  • In other words, if the phrase without word stringing - such as "Chicago attorney" or "paint store" is generic, descriptive, too close to another trademark, ...., the word stringing will not cure the infirmity.


Trademark Use Required

  • Use of a domain name as a domain name (to enable browsers to reach your website), without more, is not trademark use.

  • No trademark rights accrue without trademark use.

  • In other words, it must be used as a brand name, not merely an Internet address.

  • It can be used as a brand name with or without the TLD, and with or without the word stringing.


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25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
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