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Domain name trademark infringement case

     
5:49 pm on Aug 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have a couple of domain names which, used in relation to a certain industry are apparently breaking trademark laws. I have been contacted by the trademark owner asking me to stop using the two domain names. I have owned the two names for almost 10 years. I wonder if I should let them expire or simply remove the web content and try to sell them.
8:02 pm on Aug 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If the domains are truly infringing, no smart buyer would want them.

Get legal advice.

When was the trademark registered? Before or after you registered the domains? That might make a difference to what you should or shouldn't do, or whether the domains are truly infringing or if someone is making bigger claims than they ought.

Get legal advice.
4:54 am on Aug 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I agree with buckworks. I could not have said it any better. While not a lawyer, I suspect that if you had the disputed names in use even before you registered the domains, that might give you protection even if the trademark was registered before you registered the domains. But you need to be able to prove that. An ad in a magazine or yellow pages areexamples of proof. But never take the advise of anyone other than a trademark lawyer. You can shop around for one.
6:14 am on Aug 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your advice. The domain is infringing and I'm simply letting its registration expire.