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Calculator.com : Domain owner applied for #trademark registration at the #USPTO

The owner of Calculator.com, a generic domain that was reported as stolen at some point, has applied for the registration of a US federal trademark at the USPTO.

The application for the registration of CALCULATOR.COM as a trademark was filed on November 20th for the following services:

“Providing a website featuring on-line non-downloadable software that enables users to compute formulas and conversions in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, time, financial investing and personal and business finance.”

The application cites as the date of first use in commerce February 15, 1996.

It’s interesting to note that the domain Calculator.com was unlawfully taken away from Chloe Tsakiris at some point, and was sold to an Israeli company. Ms. Tsakiris sued in federal court and regained control of Calculator.com eventually.

Calculator.com – Photo by Clayton Robbins on Unsplash

Why was CALCULATOR.COM applied for as a trademark at the USPTO?

It’s an ongoing trend among owners of generic domain names, following the decision by SCOTUS on the Booking.com trademark application.

Since then, dozens of generic domain names have been applied to be registered as trademarks, inclusive of the TLD. We keep track of these applications, and so far none has been decided upon.

Will these applications become the new norm? Watch this video from NamesCon Online 2020.


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