Domain Name Versus Trademark

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Is it legal to copy my sites name and services

It was just brought to my attention that another site is using the same name my site is and also offering the exact service I am offering. I registered my domain and set up my site over a year before the other site registered their domain. Only difference between my site and theirs is the .com and .net

Answer: A domain name may or may not be a trademark. If it is not a trademark, others may freely use the domain name with variants of it. Similarly, if your domain name is not a trademark, others can “copy” your services.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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