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    Trademark Question - Is this okay?

    I want to develop a network of sites but have a question on the domains I would like to purchase. This is only an example and not the actual domains.

    Say the word, "butlerguy" is trademarked (I checked USTPO search) and say I want to create a network of sites with the domains:

    www.businessbutlerguy.com
    www.realestatebutlerguy.com
    www.travelbutlerguy.com and so on...

    Can I do this or is "butlerguy" covered under the wordmark/trademark?

    Thanks for the help.

    Mike
    Last edited by mkmcgrath23; Oct 17, 2007 at 10:14. Reason: typo

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    Would the contents be related in any way to the classes the trademark covers?

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    Also check if business butler, realestate butler or travel butler are trademarked...and in what classes.

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    No, it's not the same content. It's wordmarked as a "drink", "sports drink" etc. and this will not be related at all. I'll have to check and see if the others are trademarked but I highly doubt it.

    So, if the content does not relate to any classes, it's okay?

    Thank you.

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    That depends on the mark and the use. If it's famous there is more broad protection of potential confusion (i.e. saying traveldisney is a whole lot different than saying traveldrink). If there's conflicting businesses interests then infringement is very possible even if you don't have a class overlap. What you really have to ask yourself is how unique is this word, how similar are your network sites going to be to their business and where might they feasibly expand to in the future. If you're uncertain a trademark attorney can certainly help, or you can simply decide to chose another name.
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