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Can website name by trademarked?

Chinese registrar writes to me for permission!

     
11:38 am on Apr 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I need some advice.

My website name is quite catchy..

A registrar in China has written to me asking for permission to register my website name in Chinese to their customer and the customer wants to trademark the name!

Does he need permission. Is it a scam. can he register my website in Chinese? and can he trademark (brand) the website name as his own.

What kind of implications can I have in the future if he does this. Does my current domain name go under risk. Can he grab my english name by claiming I am squatting? Pls guide..

Thanks for any replies.

11:40 am on Apr 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sorry the headline should read Can a Website name be trademarked?

I don't seem to have edit option here..

1:33 pm on Apr 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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From what I understand, international trademarks are next to impossible to protect unless you have a lot of money to spend on legal fees - and even then your chances of winning a suit in another country are completely iffy.
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Just read on the net that this is a SCAM.. SAQI COMPANY Scam is what I will call it. A trick to force website owners to register chinese domains at inflated prices.