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#USPTO : Many small businesses don’t own #domain names

An upcoming change in rules at the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) brings to light a shocking fact about domain names and small business owners. What will soon change at the USPTO? According to the World Trademark Review, the new guide will require email address to be submitted by all registrants and applicants, […]

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#PornFlix .com : Rick Schwartz receives C&D on a #domain he owns since 1998

PornFlix.com is an adult theme domain owned by Rick Schwartz since 1998. The Domain King shared news of a Cease and Desist letter – a.k.a., “nastygram” – that was sent by a Las Vegas company that registered the trademark PORN FLIX on June 25, 2019. Rick Schwartz’s quoted price for the domain was $3.5 million […]

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Get #FUCT : Immoral trademarks’ future opens thanks to LLLL .com #domain

FUCT is a four letter acronym and fashion brand conceived in 1990. It stands for FRIENDS U CAN’T TRUST, and the brand’s 2011 trademark application has been blocked by the USPTO, thanks to federal guidelines refusing the registration of “immoral or scandalous marks.” The owner of FUCT brand, Erik Brunetti sued and that decision was […]

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#Domains and #trademarks : The #USPTO is gearing up for some changes to its web site

Many domain investors use the United States Patent and Trademark Office web site, to research potential issues with domain names. IP attorneys that work on a variety of intellectual property cases, from trademark infringement to the filing of UDRP disputes, use the USPTO as well. Using the tools at USPTO.gov can assist with the identification […]

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Filing for a #domain #trademark in 2018? It will cost you more at the #USPTO

If you plan on filing a trademark for your domain, brand or business services at the USPTO, it will now cost you more. After several years of keeping the fees unchanged, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced its new fee plan yesterday. All previous fees are now null and void. Fees increased considerably […]

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New trademark application targets GEODOMAIN domain brand

A new trademark application at the USPTO for GEODOMAIN seems to introduce an alternate function for this generic keyword. Long after domain investors started using the geo-domain reference for city, town and other landmark domains as a shorthand version of “geographic domain,” an application filed on March 15th seeks to use the word for the […]

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More MILF Money : Fergie applied for matching trademark; is the .COM in danger?

A brand new, catchy song by popular singer Fergie, was released a few days ago. We covered its launch due to the fact that domain investor, Mike Mann, owns the domain MILFMoney.com. The domain is currently for sale at Domain Market, with a price tag of $24,888 dollars. It seems that Fergie has now applied […]

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Apple registers “Beats EP” domains, files for trademark

Apple acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion dollars in cash and stock, two years ago. In recent days, Apple has registered a series of domain names that contain “Beats EP” as part of the keyword. These domains include the following TLDs and several gTLDs, most of them with a registration date of June 3rd, 2016: […]

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

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, […]

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Trademarks : Domains are the root of all evil!

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 […]

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Yikes! USPTO hit by power outage, damaging systems

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 […]

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