Trademark the word Covfefe

COVFEFE trademark search results on USPTO database on 2017 June 5

Multiple persons applied to register the word COVFEFE as a trademark in the USA on May 31, 2017. It is rare that there are so many applications for the same trademark filed all on the same day. Some of the 9 applications filed on May 31st even cover the same or similar set of goods:…

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Domain hijacking and bias in UDRP panelists

UDRP Panelists at INTA talking about what are the core factors in assessing fair use, criticism, fan sites

Statistically, the UDRP panelists are predisposed to find for complainants. Some panelists find for the complainant in 87% of the cases. Many of these panelists have decided hundreds of cases. Trademark owners filed an all-time record 3,036 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO in 2016, an increase of 10% over the…

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Does a pseudo mark change the rights of a trademark owner?

Notice of Pseudo Mark for the trademark BOBFORYOU

What is a pseudo mark? A pseudo mark is a plain English spelling of a phonetic trademark that comprises a misspelled word, a number, or telescopic trademark. A pseudo mark works like search tag and it is added to the USPTO database to make some trademarks more searchable. A pseudo mark may also discourage infringing trademark…

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Holding a domain name without use is not udrp bad faith

Nanosonics Ltd is a public company in Australia battled for nanosonics.com

In a 2015 case about nanosonics.com under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a panel has denied a domain name transfer on the basis that there was no UDRP bad faith use, even though the respondent had held the domain name without using it for almost…

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Cybersquatting Cases

There are four main types of Cybersquatting cases: Domain name owners suing to stop domain hijacking and claiming damages. Trademark owners suing for Domains registered in bad faith to get the domain name canceled or transferred – “In Rem.” Trademark owners suing for Domains registered in bad faith to get the domain name canceled or transferred…

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Trademark Symbol

Registered trademark symbol in gold

Businesses use a trademark symbol next to their marks to indicate that they claim rights in a trademark. What is the trademark symbol? Businesses use the following trademark symbols as a superscript to the right of their trademark: TM, SM and ® The TM symbol stands for “trademark.” It is used to alert the public about…

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Value Domain

startup domain name price guide

There are a number websites that automatically value domain names, but they are not usually correct. Domain value can be influenced by numerous other factors that algorithms don’t take into account. Value Domain Names Value domain names are not cheap domain names. Value domain names are domain names that will rank in google search results…

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How to trademark a band name

It is important to trademark a band name either before a band starts playing in venues or soon afterward. Often a band will break up at the beginning and one or more band members will try to claim ownership to the band’s name. And domain name squatters may register a bandname.com as soon as a…

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The Slants Supreme Court Case

The Slants Supreme Court 2017 Docket Summary The Supreme Court of the USA will decide the case of Lee v. Tam in 2017: Can you register a disparaging trademark, namely, THE SLANTS for Entertainment in the nature of live performances by a musical band. The Supreme Court will decide whether the constitutional right to freedom of speech…

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Priority Date

The priority date for a trademark application or a PCT application is the date that the application was previously filed in a country of the Union of the Paris Convention. This previous filing date shall be within the past six months to claim a priority date in another country of the Union for industrial designs and trademarks. See part…

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