I have been waiting years for a company to stop renewing a certain domain, their expiratoin date is coming up very fast and they still have not renewed it, which is not usual. My question to you is if I do get that domain, would it be a problem for me to use because they have registered the trademark *siteaddress*.com?
I wouldnt use the site address on my site, but could they still get me in trouble for it?
Without further details it's hard to say. But how you'll use it can
spell a major difference between keeping it and handing it over.
Also, if the name is rather common, having a trademark doesn't
grant its holder absolute exclusive rights to a domain name using
its namesake. In the US Patents and Trademarks Office, there are
at least 12 different registrations for the word "caterpillar".
However, none of them have absolute exclusive rights to it except
for what class they're registered for.
On the other hand, if it is a made-up word like kodak or xerox, it's
a different ballgame.
Microsoft combines 2 common words, micro and soft. Individually
they're common, but when joined forms one of the most powerful
and well-known brands in the world.
Since I can't find the word microsoft in any dictionary so far, then
I'd say it's a made-up word.
Great explanation DaveZan. This surely will help Mike.
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