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Domain Trademark Information Needed ASAP!
disgruntled ex-boss trying to play dirty...

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Msg#: 3271159 posted 3:40 am on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ok so heres my situation...I used to work for this company and when I quit to start my own business my boss didnt take it too well. I did everything I could do to help him upon my departure to keep his business going steady (even gave 2 months instead of 2 weeks lol) ...but apparently that wasnt enough.

Basically he went out and bought a domain that is very very simliar to mine and has it pointed to his website. We are in the same industry so it could really screw me up. It is my fault for not getting all associated domains but I didnt think he would stoop so low so quick.


It is just one letter change.

Now I am in the process of trademarking my domain name so I have legal rights for it.

My question is do I have to pay to trademark both of those domains in order for him to be forced to drop it?

Or can I just trademark my domain and the laws within trademarking will automatically make anything close unavailable? Forcing him to have to drop it because it is too close to my name.

Does anybody here have legit information pertaining to this situation? If so if you could reply and help me out it would be greatly appreciated ...and if there is anyway I can help you out in return I will do my best to do so.

Thank you in advance and hope to get some good info from this board!


[edited by: Webwork at 12:57 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2007]
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WebmasterWorld Administrator buckworks us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3271159 posted 5:35 am on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Trademarks do not work retroactively with regard to domain names. If someone else has already registered a domain name before you register a trademark, you do not suddenly gain a claim on an existing domain just because you registered a new trademark.

Let me get this straight: you've gone into competition against your former boss in the same industry? And you're accusing him of stooping low?


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3271159 posted 3:36 pm on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

if you knew all of the details of the situation you wouldnt be working for him either. false promises, manipulaions, theft, and being taken advantage of for 3 years is something you can only take so much of.

as a matter of fact he hasnt been able to keep any of his employees...all for the same reasons. he turns and burns employees as his philosophy so he doesnt have to pay them what they deserve...when we watch him get rich...unfortunately for him we all have realized this and started our own ventures.

i am an honest, hard working, very fair and ethical man. so like i said above...if you knew the situation you would do the same thing i did. as a matter of fact..if your so interested please let me know and i will contact you to really break it down for you privately...then you can make your own judgement!

so to answer your question..YES! i appreciate your concern.


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3271159 posted 8:31 pm on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

The Thinking changes in few weeks when you start your business after leaving a 9-5 job.

Lot of things I feel was wrong as an employee ,Looks good when I see them as an employer.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3271159 posted 10:47 pm on Mar 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I think you're a little late applying for the trademark at this point. If you're going to play games like this, you should apply for the trademark before showing your competition what you're up to.

But only an attorney can really tell you how this might come out, so it's time to talk to one to see what can be done.


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Msg#: 3271159 posted 2:48 pm on Mar 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

Trademarks take time (measured in years) and money (measured in thousands) to acquire, with no guarantee that one will even be issued. There is nothing to stop this guy from challenging you on the mark at every step as well.

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