trademark vs. my domain name
October 30, 2008 3:08 PM Subscribe
I think a company is trying to do an end-around to get my domain name, what can I do about it?
posted by rhizome to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a domain name that another company wants. They used to have a different name, but now they've registered the trademark.
A few years ago I started to get occasional emails from someone asking about one of my domain names. I always had plans (not so well fleshed out) and didn't want to let it go. I never entertained selling it, never mentioned money or any bad-faith things like that. I did some Googling and found out about the company with the slightly-different name (think "Bob's X" where now they're dropping the "Bob's") existing in another part of the country (USA).
Today I received an email from UPS about a package that was going to be delivered to the city I had found before, using an email address at this domain. I did a search at USPTO and found that they had received (I think) the trademark about six months ago.
The frustrating thing is that I had explored getting the trademark based on my plans, even talking to a lawyer, but not following through. I'll likely be talking to this lawyer later, but I want to probe the hive.