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Trademark issue or not?

Located in Legal Discussion, started by Rana1863, Jan 3, 2016

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  1. Rana1863

    Rana1863 Established Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I own a domain about which I just recently discovered a website who owns .de and .com of it. Website is in German and dot com is redirected to the German site. It's a social or perhaps chat site and domain name is their registered name. Does this mean I can't use the domain name I have? I literately have no idea what rights a trademarks or registered name holder have. Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
     
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  2. dexdn

    dexdn Top Contributor VIP Gold Account

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    Is your domain ccTLD?
     
  3. TheBaldOne

    TheBaldOne Top Contributor VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Is the domain name also a Trade Mark?

    Just because someone owns and runs a website with a specific domain does not mean they may have a Trrade Mark, in fact few do. Just because a name is 'registered' does not give them a Trade Mark either. Also if they do have a Trade Mark then what does it cover?
     
  4. Wannabean

    Wannabean Top Contributor VIP

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    If there is a trademark on the name you cannot use it in the same way as the trademark holder. If they're using it for chat and have a trademark you can't use the name in that way. In fact i'd stay away from any similar uses.

    For example it is perfectly ok for me to start a business and call it ford, as long as I'm not doing anything related to cars.
     

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