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    Another Company Buying Similar Domain Names

    After I recently launched a new site with a new domain name, another company bought up all of the domain names that are remotely similar to mine and my company's branding.

    Is there anything that I can do? Any legal possibilities?

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    about the only thing you can do is not let them do the same thing the next time you buy a new domain

    as for this domain, you can offer them a boatload of cash, maybe they'll turn over their similar domains to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhtml12345 View Post
    Is there anything that I can do? Any legal possibilities?
    Unless you're able to demonstrate trademark rights to the term and show the
    other party is possibly infringing it, not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Zan View Post
    Unless you're able to demonstrate trademark rights to the term and show the
    other party is possibly infringing it, not much.
    I agree. Unfortunately this is a never ending battle that's driven by greed. You could try sending them a cease and desist letter, but I don't think that will help much unless you can prove your TM.

    It still wouldn't hurt to contact WIPO or ICANN for further information on the domain being registered in bad faith.
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    What if they are using my business name in their Web address? Does that change anything?

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    A business name is not normally a trademark. Most states will allow similar names within that state and no state checks its list of available corporate names in other states. So every state in the U.S. could have a "ABC Company, Inc."

    Determining who has what trademark rights is an inherently factual issue. Even if you have a federal registration for your mark, that only covers the specific goods and services covered in your certificate of registration.

    For a brand new company with no established following, chances are slim that you have any trademark rights unless you have registered the mark. Even then, your trademark rights are only in the goods and services covered by the registration, as noted above.

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    Thanks, everyone, for your advice. I'll try sending them an email and writing them a letter and see what happens.

    Thanks again!


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