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I registered above name over 5 years ago. have no website but it's being parked with some traffic..

At the time I registered, I was not aware at all of a travel site, which probably gained popularity only in recent 1-2 years..

I recently recieved a letter demanding that I cease using this domain and transfer it to them.

They did not have a TM when I registered the domain, and they still do not. All they have is a pending application :.

Word Mark IGOUGO.

Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable electronic publications featuring journals and syndicated articles on travel. FIRST USE: 20050331. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050331.

IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Providing on-line electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users concerning travel locations and activities. FIRST USE: 20050331. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050331.

IC 039. US 100 105. G & S: On-line travel information services featuring a bonus incentive program for customers who submit travel journals to a web site. FIRST USE: 20050331. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050331.

Filing Date July 29, 2005.

Published for Opposition July 4, 2006.


Although my domain is not the same, they claim it is confusing similar and I cannot use it..

What do you think?.


Comments (5)

Well as of now it's not evena legal TM.

I would offer to sell it to them for $XXX - $XXXX.

As of now you aren't breaking any TM laws that I know of...

Comment #1

Can you prevent the trademark from being regd?.


Comment #2

I actually know the founder of IgoUgo. He's really cool, but He $$$old the company and know it's owned by a large corp.

One of my colegues got a C&D from a HUUUUGE Corp. He ignored it and got 3 certified letter. He still ignored them and he stopped bothering him. A C&D is only the first of 3 steps, they would then file to take you to court (at which time I would probably cave) at that point you could still relinquish the name with no problems. They really don't want to spend time and money on court cases if they can avoid it. If the page is parked (as my friend's was) they'll probably ignore it...if you try to start a travel blog site - they'll nail you...

Comment #3

I do not have any website with this domain, just parking page for ppc...

Comment #4

Actually, the site was launched in commerce in June 2000 and was voted top 5 travel sites in 2001.... I think they can establish TM status before your registration. Now comes the "similar or confusingly similar" arguement... is your site confusingly similar? I do see the main links are all travel related...

Huh? a legal TM???? what does that mean??? Maybe some research would help answer his question.....

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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