Is the whole email there?? cause there seems to be some missing here:..
I'm not knowledgeable enough to offer legal advice on this, but I will provide these for you to look into: Another Realtor domain TM discussion And another And another.
There are more, but that should be a start...
The word "realtor" is a word that was created by the realty industry. They created it. They own it. It has become such common terminology that it has been placed in the dictionary, but is NOT a generic word. You cannot use the word realtor in your domain without violating their trademark, unless you are a member of their association and adhere to their strict guidelines for usage...
Http://www.realtor.org/letterlw.nsf/...rademarkmanual http://www.realtor.org/rmomag.nsf/pages/lawoct04 http://www.aaronline.com/documents/trademark.aspx http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=110202 http://www.google.com/search?num=100...po.int+realtor http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm.
If the email is from a legit source ... You should take it seriously (IMO)...
From what I have heard, they also aggressively enforce that TM.
So, I'd probably just hand them over in this case, unless like Gene stated, your brother is an authorized agent and is adhering to their policies...
The situation in the US with respect to the Realtor mark has been beat to death here several times.
Yes, a domainer recently challenged the mark at the USPTO and, yes, the domainer lost...
So does this mean that nobody else in this whole wide world is allowed to use the word "realtor"? what about realtor.cctld like...in, .de, .fr .au .nz? They have jurisdiction over the cctlds too?..
Your brother could become a realtor and join.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS..
That's actually what I'm thinking after seeing the domain names listed. Realtor.
Is a collective mark in the U.S., but how about other countries since each of.
Those domain names appear to target them respectively?.
In fairness, that letter is...mild...
And you still cannot use Realtor unless you have written permission from the NAR. They do put tight restictions on the usage of the term, even on their own members. This is fully disclosed when you do join. This is what I understand:.
This format is also usually permitted if you're a member of the NAR: JohnDoeRealtor.com..
The correct way to use the term is "REALTOR" not "Realtor"..
That email makes "mild" look downright ferocious.
I'm not sure if they are attempting to catch more flies with honey, or if she is new to the office, but it doesn't feel like the same sort of letter we see posted here repeatedly.
Thats a classy letter.
I wish other people could use similar language and taste when sending c&ds Makes the whole thing palatable.
I would not ignore it if I were you...