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

Domain trademarks aren't always about domain names.

Domain trademarks aren’t always about domain names.

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, “domain” can be used to define a sphere of influence or command of something, be it actual or metaphorically speaking.

With that in mind, we found several trademark applications or registered marks at the USPTO, for phrases that while they contain the word “domain” or “domains,” they aren’t not about your good old dot .COM. 😀

Here’s a few:

  • Dark Domain – It’s not about something evil, it’s about cigars.
    International Class 034:  Cigars.
  • Urban Domain – If you thought about Keith Urban, this isn’t him.
    IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: Decorative 3D pillows and cushions; Pillows; Bed pillows  IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: Ceramic tissue box covers; Lotion containers sold empty for domestic use; Soap dishes; Toothbrush holders; Waste baskets  IC 024. US 042 050. G & S: Bath towels; Bed linen; Bed skirts; Bed spreads; Bedsheets; Comforters; Coverlets; Duvet covers; Pillow covers; Quilts; Shams; Sheet sets; Shower curtains; Fabric window coverings and treatments, namely, curtains, draperies, sheers, swags and valances.
  • Domain Realty – If you thought about real estate, you hit the nail on the head.
    IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Apartment locating services for others; Commercial and residential real estate agency services; Leasing of apartments; Real estate brokerage; Real estate service, namely, rental property management.
  • Domaine des Trois Pattes – Translated from French as “Domain of the Three Paws,” this is not about a three-lettered .com.
    IC 033. US 047 049. G & S: Aperitif wines; Aperitifs with a wine base; Dessert wines; Fortified wines; Fruit wine; Grape wine; Port wines; Prepared wine cocktails; Red wine; Sparkling fruit wine; Sparkling grape wine; Sparkling wines; Sweet wines; Wine punch; Wine punches; Wine-based drinks; Wines; Wines and fortified wines; Wines and liqueurs; Wines and sparkling wines.
  • Old School League Domain – A club for Rick Schwartz and other old school domainers? Nope.
    IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment rendered by a musical act, namely, entertainment in the nature of live visual and audio performances by a musical group; live performances by a musical group; multimedia entertainment services in the nature of recording, production and post-production services in the field of music and video; Entertainment services by a musical artist, namely, music songwriting for non-advertising purposes, music recording, music production, music publishing, music video production, musical composition and production of musical sound recordings; Providing an Internet website portal in the field of music; Entertainment services, namely, providing non-downloadable playback of music via global communications networks; Arranging and conducting of concerts.
  • Seven Domains – Not about the Castello Brothers‘ old band, “Seven.”
    IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Educational services, namely, providing pre-kindergarten through 8th grade classroom instruction.
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