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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A domain holder’s nightmare as GoDaddy patents ‘Domain Lists’

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 […]

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Changes coming to USPTO leadership

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 […]

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On with the times: USPTO gets major function upgrade

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is getting one major overhaul, that will improve the way the patent and trademark information and data are displayed. Domainers often peruse USPTO.gov to determine the existence or status of a trademark, prior to acquiring domain names. It is also where WIPO panelists go to determine the […]

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Want a gTLD? Stay away from the USPTO

These days, it’s all about gTLDs. A couple of weeks since ICANN was officially authorized to go forth with the launch of a gTLD universe, it became apparent that some folks will attempt to bend the rules. Getting a trademark registered at the USPTO was considered to be one such sneaky method, in order to […]

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Government at work: USPTO finally updates web site at USPTO.gov

Finally, some indication of federal government efficiency: The United States Patent and Trademark Office now sports a newly designed web site, at USPTO.gov According to the news release: “The uspto.gov website is getting a new look and feel, starting with a new home page design that debuted on December 20, 2011. This new home page […]

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The Government might close down but the USPTO won’t

Do you have any ongoing trademark applications or other pending trademark procedures for your domain projects? If so, the expected Government shutdown won’t affect you – the US Patent and Trademark Office is self-sufficient in that respect. As announced in a press release today: In the event of a government shutdown on April 9, 2011, […]

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Sarah Palin’s Trademark application gets refused – Domain not used

You’d expect better organizational skills from a person who aspired to be Vice President of the United States of America. Former VP candidate and former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin applied for a trademark for her namesake, “Sarah Palin” back in November of 2010. The controversial Republican filed for a trademark for the following classes: IC […]

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Face-off time: John Berryhill’s in charge – Will Facebook budge?

In a recent update, Mike Berkens announced at his blog that Facebook has been granted the registration of a trademark for “face”. According to the USPTO, a notice of allowance was issued on 11/23/2010. Facebook applied for a “face” trademark in late 2005, at a time that the now popular social media mish-mash only catered […]

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Frank Schilling loses battle over Trademark domain

Why, oh why, oh why? We’ve been witnessing this quite often lately: Seasoned domainers aspiring to get domains that are obvious trademarks. What is an obvious trademark? Something that looks like a word made up from putting two words together. It takes less than a minute to look up such terms at the USPTO.gov – […]

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