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Hello,.

I have read confusing posts about 'slang' words. Dubs is a slang word for wheels that are 20inch or bigger. 'DUB' is a trademark held by dubmagazine.com, so is there any potential legal problems with domains like those? I mean if I get a domain 'dubs.*TLDHERE*', and say I develop it into a wheels website, will there be any possible trademark issues I have to deal with? I have seen websites that use the term 'dubs' in their domain such as: 'rollingondubs.com' - this site even has the trademark for 'rollingondubs.com'. So can you please help me out here, because I'm new to legal stuff.

Thanks...

Comments (5)

Perhaps an example might clarify things, even if just a bit.

Take the word delta. It's used by an airline company, a faucets company, a.

Hotel, etc.

All bear the same word. But none are "reaching" into one another's respective specific usages.

So the magazine publisher can use the word dub for magazines, I can use it to.

Sell rubber, and you can use it as a slang for whatever. Don't use it to publish.

A magazine or sell rubber, and you might...might...just be fine.

Bottom line, it's how you intend to use it (as always) that makes a difference...

Comment #1

Dave Zan's answer is right-on. No one will be able to assure you of future trademark security, however, as long as you're not infringing on another's field of utilization, you would probably have a successful defense if challenged. The fact that the name is used in reference to your intended usage is another feather in your cap...

Comment #2

Dub has other meanings as well and it's a dictionary word. http://www.answers.com/dub&r=67.

Dub magazine does have a TM for it in the usage of magazines and the auto industry in general...

Comment #3

Well the usage he seemed to be wanting to use it for was auto-related. So it might be a bit of a sticky situation. Personally, I hate when companies TM slang terms, because they aren't original, it's not like they created it, but they try to capitalize on it's popularity...

Comment #4

Dub has a company (or is associated with one) that is called Twenty-Inches-Strong. They make wheels. There might be a problem...

Comment #5


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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