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I'm not sure about this one...

If I wanted to register (the+generic+in) (e.g. 2 words being generic words and 2 letters being an official abbreviation) but someone trademarked "genericin", and let's say I'm interested in developing the domain into something that has no relation whatsoever to the trademarked word. What's the probability of facing trademark issues?.


Comments (5)

You will be fine IMO, ....just think about the word premium....there are hundreds/thousands companies out who are using the word premium.....everyone in a different field of premium heating, premium advertising, premium something...if there is no relation...go for it!.

P.s: I am not a lawyer nor do I represent a lawfirm, once I digged a paralegal chick, she was hot...but that's about it when it comes to my legal knowledge, ok? :-).



Comment #1

I will have to offer a slightly different view than Frank (cheers). I don't think there is enough to say if you are fine or not. The problem being the "generic" + "in". the topical example right now is "Snap On". seperately, they are viewed as "generic" words, but together, they are a 2.9 bil dollar company, so using could come with some problems.

Though you claim usage would be different, you best make sure there is an actuall business plan in place (not just something in your head claiming to be a plan) and have some follow through. Talk is cheap, but actions speaks volumes. As a reference, someone can file a TM application under 1b, intent to use. They still have to use the product/service/name in a commmercial manner before a registered mark is given. Same here, you need to establish usage. It is a fine line and contacting an attorney in the field will go a long way in protecting yourself...

Comment #2

Cheers, Cheers, Cheers Phillip, excellent advice as always!.

Cheers :-).


Comment #3

Thanks for your replies. I think I'll just find another domain to avoid such issues. +Repped to you guys!..

Comment #4

Haven't had a laugh out loud moment like this is a while...

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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