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AdWords trademark in domain name? Legal?

Msg#: 4643114 posted 9:39 pm on Feb 6, 2014 (gmt 0)


This is probably a dumb question but are we allowed
to use the trademark "adwords" in a domain names we buy?
Like this: somethingADWORDSsomething.com

Is that legal?
Does anyone know?




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Msg#: 4643114 posted 11:11 pm on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

Educated guess: dumb move due to trademark infringement and programatic search-hate from G.


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Msg#: 4643114 posted 8:19 pm on Feb 11, 2014 (gmt 0)


1. The number of different legal systems in the world is somewhere in three figures - I can't be bothered to look it up on Wikipedia.
2. People here aren't lawyers

Allowed by G? I haven't checked but I wouldn't even think of risking it in the first place.


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Msg#: 4643114 posted 3:17 am on Feb 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Now, wait. Are you talking about the obvious, intentional use of the element "adwords" -- or about the random occurrence of the string "...adwords..." in the course of a name? Admittedly that's a pretty long string for randomness. But, for comparison purposes, I once had a confusing experience involving an ad blocker and some standard emoticons whose names, in code, were "mad", "glad" and "sad". (I did not figure it out myself.)

Suppose your domain name is some long Hungarian word* and you just looked at it with fresh eyes and realized it's got "adwords" in the middle. Now what do you do?

* This example is linguistically impossible. Just so you know I'm not talking about any actual site.

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