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Dictionary.com : #Trademark application indicates new entity took over the domain

The operators of the domain Dictionary.com have applied for a federal trademark registration at the USPTO.

The application for DICTIONARY.COM incorporates a graphical image as part of the mark. What makes this application interesting is that it’s been filed with an intent to use clause.

While the domain was acquired by Rock Holdings in 2018, the applicant for the mark is Dictionary.com LLC. At the very least, this indicates that a new entity has been formed to manage the domain name exclusively.

Here’s what the trademark application is for:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable computer game software for use in providing online games and quizzes; Downloadable computer software for use in providing an online encyclopedia; Downloadable computer software for use in providing historical, scientific, technological, literary, artistic, entertainment, popular culture, language, and linguistic information and trivia; Downloadable Internet browser plug-ins and client server applications in the nature of multi-function tool bar plug-ins; Downloadable computer software for use in providing online translation services

IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Promoting the goods and services of others by providing hypertext links to the websites of others; Promoting the goods and services of others by placing advertisements and promotional displays on websites; Providing consumer product information via the internet; Dissemination of advertising for others via the Internet

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, providing online electronic games and quizzes; Providing an on-line publication in the nature of an interactive encyclopedia in the field of general knowledge; Educational services, namely, providing educational information and trivia in the fields of history, science, technology, literature, arts, entertainment, popular culture, language, and linguistics; Providing information relating to educational and entertainment activities and exercises for students and educators; Online translation services

In recent months, owners of generic domain names have been applying to register them as trademarks, after the decision by SCOTUS on the Booking.com trademark application.

We keep track of these applications and look forward to the first batch of decisions.


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