Apple registers “Beats EP” domains, files for trademark

Apple acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion dollars in cash and stock, two years ago. In recent days, Apple has registered a series of domain names that contain “Beats EP” as part of the keyword. These domains include the following TLDs and several gTLDs, most of them with a registration date of June 3rd, 2016: […]

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Domain trademarks : It’s not always about the .COM

While researching domain-related trademarks, one has to keep in mind a very simple fact: the word “domain” has other meanings as well. Indeed, the primary definition of the word “domain” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is as follows: the land that a ruler or a government controls an area of knowledge or activity In other words, […]

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Trademarks : Domains are the root of all evil!

It’s amazing what types of names and brands people come up with, in the process of trying to be creative. A while back, we noted the trademark application for Raj Domains, at the USPTO. That application has now been granted, and Raj Domains is a registered trademark. Congratulations, Raj! Meanwhile, Evil Headquarters LLC, a company […]

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Yikes! USPTO hit by power outage, damaging systems

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that its online services are currently under-performing, or not at all. A power outage has damaged some of the equipment managing the provision of services related to trademark and patent processing. An announcement at USPTO.gov states: “A major power outage at USPTO headquarters occurred last night […]

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Washington Redskins : Does the USPTO care about disparaging trademark terms?

The United States Trademark Office has a policy against trademark applications that contain disparaging terms. That includes vulgar words or descriptions, and even racist remarks. With that in mind, the USPTO canceled several registered trademarks owned by the Washington Redskins. As the “redskin” term was declared to be a racist reference to Native Americans, the […]

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Lawyers For Human Beings – Patent trolls, trademark bullies, and cybersquatters need not apply ®

Rick Schwartz’s acquisition of the domain name Cybersquatter.com via Flippa for $3,000 led us to the obvious question: is the term ‘cybersquatter‘ generic or trademarked? These days, one never knows, and we just had to look the term up at the USPTO. As it turns out, there is no such trademark, but a related trademark […]

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USPTO : 225 years of American Innovation

Believe it or not, the US Patent and Trademark Office celebrates its 225th anniversary today. Enacted on April 10th, 1790, the Patent Act expanded upon the progress clause in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which promoted “the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors […]

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Well-done USPTO: US Patent and Trademark Office web site redesigned

At long last! After years of displaying a mediocre web site, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sports a spiffy, well-designed web site. The layout utilizes sharp, clean font types and a contrasting color scheme to deliver lots of well-organized content about trademarks, service marks and patents. Most major links are one click away, […]

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Domainer attempts to register “Domain Auction” as trademark with the USPTO

A trademark application with the USPTO for the terms “Domain Auction” has been deemed as “merely descriptive“, thus denying the registration of the mark. The application was filed in July, after the domainer registered DomainAuction.XYZ as a sample of use in her application. According to the correspondence from the USPTO: “Registration is refused because the […]

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WIPO: Infotrax.com was denied transfer in UDRP but no RDNH finding

Citing first use of the mark “InfoTrax” in 1999, InfoTrax Systems waited 13 years to pursuit a trademark. When the mark was registered with the USPTO in 2013, the company decided to go after InfoTrax.com – a domain registered in 1995 – by filing a UDRP at the WIPO. Despite having a registered trademark for […]

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The untold Flippa story and a trademark predating the commercial Internet!

Flippa has become the top destination portal for buyers and sellers looking to trade domains and web sites. Having passed the $100,000,000 mark in sales back in April, Flippa.com has attracted a large number of domain investors and it’s continuing its upwards trajectory, month after month. The current “Flippa” trademark was granted in April 2010, […]

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