Legal Question - Trademark vs Domain Name answers and trademark advice from trademark lawyers across the world.Copyright (C) 2008-20095Trademark vs Domain Name<table border="0" width="100%"><tr><td width="42"><a href=""><img src="" border="Question & Answers" /></a></td><td><div><a href="" style="color:#333;"><span style="font-size:14px; font-weight:bold; color:#333;">Trademark vs Domain Name</span></a></div><div style="font-size:11px;"> - &nbsp;<span style="font-size:11px; font-style:italic;">posted on 11/11/2009</span></div><div style="padding-top:6px; font-size:11px;">Since 1995 I have owned and used in commerce the Domain Name (?Xxxxx? is a single compound word).&nbsp; &nbsp;A rather large company has trademarked the same Xxxxx word a couple times, but as part of phrases like ?The Farmer?s Xxxxx?.&nbsp; Their claimed first use is 1993.&nbsp; Now, after 16 years since their claimed first use (in a phrase), this company has applied to trademark the word ?Xxxxx? as a standalone Mark, thus jeopardizing my continued ownership and use in commerce of DN; Both my DN and business name are the same, and not trademarked.&nbsp; My mistake! <br />&nbsp;<br />While classification of our goods and services differ, does my ownership and use of the Domain Name give me ?standing? to oppose their trademark application with the USPTO?&nbsp; While I believe the single compound word in question is generic, I?m conflicted as to what action I should take given limited funds.&nbsp; Should I oppose the application before the PTO Board?&nbsp; Or, should I wait to defend 13 years of good faith use of my DN in commerce before a URDB panel when the time comes?<br />&nbsp; <br />Comments and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-size:11px;"><a href="" style="font-style:normal;">Read More <img src="" alt="Answer this question" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" style="font-style:normal;">Answer <img src="" alt="Answer this question" /></a></span></div></td></tr></table>