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, […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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, […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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 […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
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, […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Ever made a list of your domains, in digital or printed format? Did you email a catalog of your domains, or your entire portfolio to someone? If so, you might be paying royalties to GoDaddy from now on. GoDaddy was just granted Patent #7471192330 at the USPTO that is defined as follows: “A structure or […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office, affectionately known as the USPTO, will sustain a change in leadership in January. David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be resigning his position and moving on to greener pastures. The Greek-American ran the USPTO […]Copyright © 2016 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.