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Protecting Your Domain Name

Posted by Invention101 on September 2, 2015 in Trademark |

Owning a domain name does not necessarily mean that you own the trademark and vice versa.

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A domain name is your web address e.g. www.evansiplaw.com. Owning a domain name does not necessarily give you trademark rights and vice versa. If the domain name is only used as an Internet address, it will not be qualify as a trademark.   For example, if the domain name is only used in the address bar or if it’s used as part of the contact information for the domain owner, this use does not qualify as trademark use. However, if the domain name is used as a source identifier for goods and services, it may be eligible for trademark protection. It’s critical that the domain name be viewed by consumers as a symbol of origin of products or services.

 

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