joined:Feb 21, 2006
I recently registered a domain that contains a generic word that also happens to be someone else's trademark and I'd like some input on whether I face a potential dispute down the road.
The facts are as follows:
1. I registered a .com that takes the form of "AdjectiveNoun."
2. That same noun, followed by .com, is someone else's registered trademark.
3. The noun in question is a word in common use, and searching that word with Google produces millions of results, most of which make no reference to the business that uses the noun as its .com domain. The first result is Wikipedia and it does NOT mention that business. It really is a word in common use -- it is not an arbitrary word like "Kodak."
4. My website does not compete directly with the other business -- the topics are somewhat similar but that website is for women and mine is for men, and they take completely different approaches.
5. There is no chance of my website being confused with the other one, or of diverting business away from them, owing to the long adjective in my domain name and non-overlapping audiences.
6. There are several other websites that have that generic noun in their domain name, and they are not owned by that other company and do not appear to be involved in disputes.
7. I registered the domain in good faith, but if there is a risk of conflict, I would prefer to find out sooner rather than later.
Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!