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Is it ok to own a trademark domain and do nothing with it?

Located in Domain Beginners, started by gbahack, Feb 1, 2016

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  1. gbahack

    gbahack Established Member

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    I plan on keeping it pointed at the default godaddy page or some other neutral place.
    Since its not possible to prove it is in bad faith and since I won't be making money out of it, is it okay? Just plan on keeping it there hoping the TM holder/someone else will be interested and buy it off me.
    Thanks
     
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  2. kite26

    kite26 Fearless Bird VIP

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    Just stay away from TMs.Every time and forever.
     
  3. gbahack

    gbahack Established Member

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    I understand that its not a good idea. Just want to know if its technically possible or not.
     
  4. cocaseco

    cocaseco Top Contributor VIP

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    NO. It was a bad faith registration IMO simply because you knew it was TM'd. Now since you posted it here, and it has been indexed, there is forever a record of your admitting you knew it was a TM term. That is further evidence of bad faith. Of course given the scenario, the next logical question is why you want it if you aren't doing anything but forwarding it?
     
  5. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    You wonder why domainers have a bad rep ? Because domaining is perceived to be a form of extortion - which is the case here.
     
  6. namerav

    namerav Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I think not an intelligent investment :)
     
  7. payekz

    payekz New Member

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    please guys i checked the term "domain name" for TM and got 77 records with domain name+words.will it be wrong to use those two words(domain name) ?
     
  8. Kate

    Kate Domainosaurus Rex VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    When in doubt, stay away...

    Besides, why not invest in names that do not pose obvious TM issues and have a larger pool of possible end users ?
     
  9. gbahack

    gbahack Established Member

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    To answer the questions- I actually reg'd it planning to make some sort of fan site there, which I thought would bypass the bad faith stuff. But then I realized that I wouldn't be able to put ads or make any monetary benefit out of it, which sucks.
    Now I'm just asking whether its ok to keep it until it expires, which might make me some money vs deleting it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2016
  10. dexdn

    dexdn Top Contributor VIP Gold Account

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    If he is parked at GD, Sedo, Bodis... that is already bad fait and it is very easy to prove it, one screenshot from your landing page will be enough. :)
     
  11. payekz

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    @Kate, please for the knowledge. is "domain name" not a generic term? 'cause the 77 records in uspto.gov for that are mostly a sentence-long but contains the term "domain name" in them. that's the point i want clarification on since we all use this term all the time. thanks
     
  12. cocaseco

    cocaseco Top Contributor VIP

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    I don't think you are understanding the concept of TM's.
     
  13. affable

    affable Established Member

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    Right or wrong, if you buy a TM domain and have nothing on it or just a default landing page in the hopes of selling it by someone out of the blue wanting it will more than likely just cost you reg & renewal fees.

    If the TM holder really wants it he'll do a UDRP most of the time and other would be buyers might see it's a TM and not even contact you about it. Better to save your money and use it to buy domains where TM's aren't an issue, potentially or otherwise.
     
  14. payekz

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    @cocaseco, please, can you put in a little light on it.
     

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