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7:32 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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i have had a domain name taken from me i had the 4th biggest companys name in the world that i had used to sell second hand parts off there company brand, used it for around 3 years till they just got it back affter 2 years, now they say i have to remove there brand name from my new site and from the key words is this the law??
they are also affter my new site name


11:00 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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topboy, if they hold the patent, they will have certain rights. I don't know what countries are involved or what it is outside the U.S., but there is some international information available.

Here it's easy to start with a patent database search on the product or name at the
United States Patent and Copyright Office [uspto.gov] web site.

There are equivalents in other places.

11:23 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You or your lawyer will probably want to do some research into a case called "Playboy vs. Terri Welles". In this case playboy sued Ms. Welles for using their trademarked name in her metatags. She ended up getting the case dropped because it was ruled "fair use".

One thing to be especially careful of, is making sure there can be absolutely no confusion that your are this company. You'll probably want to add a disclaimer like "This site is neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with, etc.."