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Can someone trademark my domain name?

     
6:33 am on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This may be a very stupid question, but I am a newbie. If my domain name is example.com, could someone trademark example? I would hate if that happened to my website. I don't even know if this is possible. Thanks for the help! I always appreciate people who take time to help other people when they don't have to.
8:09 am on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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A trademark or trade mark is a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity to identify that the products or services to consumers with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.
Not being a person that can give legal advice directly, you might want to research it where you come up with articles like this:

You Can Trademark a Lot More Than You Think [ezinearticles.com]

Can You Trademark Your Business Name? [ezinearticles.com]

I would also look into copyrighting web sites.

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9:58 am on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the links. They took me exactly where I needed to go. That website had an article exactly about trademarking domains. It's not really necessary, but it would be very good to get if your website makes it big.
12:39 pm on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It doesn't cost a lot and you could probably do it yourself. It's another layer of protection for serious sites. (Not throw aways...)
5:58 pm on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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In the US trademarking of domain names can be a bit complicated and confusing. See USPTO Examination Guide NO. 2-99 [uspto.gov].
12:11 am on Aug 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Leave it up to the US Government to make simple tasks more complicated. Good example is the US tax codes. LOL
12:18 am on Aug 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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In the US trademarking of domain names can be a bit complicated and confusing.


I didn't find it complicated or confusing. The entire process does take months and you have someone assigned to your case if you do make a mistake...