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What can they do if you registered a domain with a trademark name?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by frenchboy, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. frenchboy

    frenchboy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have a couple of domains with trademark name in them. The domains are also keywords and real words so its not like google.vn or sony.co.uk. It's more like bestbusinesschoice.org.

    What can they do? Ive been asked to transfer the domain ownership to them but I don't really want to. Can they sue me or something? Get me banned from namecheap?
     
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    userlogsin Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Strike deal with them and sell those domains to them at a very good rate.......
    They need the domains and hence they ask you to transfer.
     
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  3. frenchboy

    frenchboy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I would rather keep my recurring income if possible.

    And what if they don't want to buy.
     
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    This has been discussed numerous times. If your domain uses a trademarked name, you will lose it. Period. I'm not sure what you are saying with your example but I can't imagine that "bestbusinesschoice" is trademarked.
     
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  5. ForeverNever

    ForeverNever Power Member

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    You're good for now, but eventually the trademark company will send you a cease & desist. After that you'll have to change it because even if you went to court you'd still lose.
     
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    nothin you can do mate..

    2 of my domains already taken down due to trademark issues too. try selling it though might work

    it sucks
     
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  7. frenchboy

    frenchboy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Sorry about that I was really just too lazy to make the search. What about international trademarks, EU trademarks? Also if the trademark is "robot business" can they steal your domain if its bestrobotbusiness.org? What about if its robotsbusiness?
     
  8. Cogofwar

    Cogofwar Registered Member

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    If the name is made up of generic words, I think it would also depend on your content... like for "bestbusinesschoice.org" if you're using the domain, but your site has nothing to do with Best Business Choice Corporation than you may have a defense.

    I'm not a lawyer, if you have one you should use it, at least before you give away any freebies.
     
  9. MrE

    MrE Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If the company doesn't have any of your information then transfer your domains to a country where it will be hard to enforce a judgement. Any US company is legally obligated to freeze and hand over your domains when presented with a court order.

    Shinjiru.com (Malaysia) has ignored court orders in the past for me and refused to hand over domains.
     
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    redtide1969 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    MrE is totally right...it really just depends on how important the domain in question is to you.