It is great to see so many new members wanting to become involved in the NamePros community. Welcome to the world of domaining! However, there seems to be some confusion among new members about whether or not it is ok to register domain names with trademarks in them. The general quick answer here is NO, it is strongly advised that you do NOT register a domain with a trademark in it. The whole idea for a company to have their brand names trademarked is so they can protect their brand's reputation and profits. While it may be possible to register domain names with "Microsoft®" or "iPad®" in them, it is important for you to know that domain registrars and registration providers do not police what you register. It is up to the person registering the domain name to know which domain names are ok to register. Consequences: If you register a domain name with a trademark in it, you will be faced with the risk of possibly losing that domain name to the company who owns the trademark through WIPO arbitration initiated by the trademark holder. If the trademark holder also believes you have been profiting off their brand name or have effected their reputation in any way, a lawsuit may also be filed to reclaim lost profits and for recovery from damages you may have caused their company. The only exception to these consequences would be if you registered that same trademarked name for use in a different industry. In that situation, the name is expected not to be confusingly similar to the other company's trademark. For example a trademark can be registered for a computer software company, and by someone else who may be utilizing that same trademarked name to sell swim wear. As long as it is clear that the name is being used for non confusingly similar industries, you should be alright. This typically works out for companies who have lower key trademarks and are not as well known on a national or global level. If you currently hold a domain with a trademark in it and you do not meet that special circumstance, it is advised that you notify your registrar/registration provider as soon as possible to inform them that you would like to drop the domain. Howcome other people are registering domains with trademarks in it? If those other people jump off a bridge, are you going to do it too? Those who decide to register these domains may not know the consequences of doing so and will find out over time what might happen. OR, it is possible these people are already aware of the consequences and are comfortable with the possibility of being caught. But just be warned, this is an at your own risk type of thing and continuing to register these names will only promote a bad reputation for all the domainers who are playing by the rules. The information in this post reflects the opinions of a NamePros member and is not to be considered actual legal advice. All registered trademarks in this post are the property of their respective owners.