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Impersonation via e-mail (and other means, including website URL)

Impersonation via e-mail (and other means, including website URL)

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I know the remedies available to me when someone impersonates my domain name, content, website URL, etc.

My question is whether the same, similar or analogous causes of action exist when that someone also impersonates me by registering my personal name and domain name with the email providers, too? For example, [my domain name] @ gmail, yahoo, etc.
Using the name of an actor as a user name on a community website

Using the name of an actor as a user name on a community website

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Someone I know used the name of a fairly well-know celeb as a user name on community site.  The user name displays as part of the URL.  This is a non-commercial site and the person that created it is just using it to interact with friends.

While he has not been "told" to abandon the account, he has been contacted and asked if he would be willing to give it up so that an entertainment firm connected with the celeb could use it.

First question is, is t...
web site - trademark- discription

web site - trademark- discription

In Expired Trademarks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Q1

I want to trademark a name that has been registered before. They did not renew it.

Someone has the Dotcom to do with this name.

Once I trademark it can I ask them to remove it since we both sell the same products ?

Q2.

I noticed in other trademark some discribes the trademark with ex. hundreds of words from pigs goats
to activities.

I believe this is so someone doesn't use a name simalar to this for any and all purpose... correct ?

Q3<...
Common law geographic location of website

Common law geographic location of website

In Trademark Registration    -  updated on 11/11/2009
My understanding is that common law TM extends to the geographic location where the TM is used and where it is likely to extend.

What about an unregistered TM used on products sold on a website?  The site is accessed from anywhere.  Does that mean that the Common Law TM extends across the US even though it is not federally registered?  And if so, what would be the point of federally trademarking if you could protect your TM simply by using it on the internet and obtaini...
WebSite/T-Shirt Copyright/Trademark issue

WebSite/T-Shirt Copyright/Trademark issue

In Can I Trademark it?    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Wanting to start a website/forum and print t-shirts under the name like "speak up" (not the actual name, just using it as an example), but let's say there was already a blog/forum online that uses that name to discuss gay issues (that would be one of the many issues we discuss), and they have a picture of a t-shirt with that name on it on their site. does that mean we can't do either the site or the t-shirt with that name?

Thanks for the help!
NFL team logos displayed on a news website

NFL team logos displayed on a news website

In Trademark Ownership    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Can a sports news website that provides NFL schedules, scores, and standings display team logos without the consent of each team?  

I understand that the information listed (ie: scores, schedules, etc.) is public knowledge and that you can not profit from the use of a trademarked logo.

Here's some possibly relevant information:
* The logos are not used to advertise the site.
* No merchandise is made or sold.
* The site clearly states that it is not affiliated with...
Website with trademarks in pictures

Website with trademarks in pictures

In Trademark Ownership    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I'm helping a friend who lives in a small town set up a website which highlights and reviews most of the local businesses in town. He has photos of the store-fronts and I'm now wondering as to whether the appearance of the trademarks would be a 'violation' of some sort.

For instance- He's got a review of a local owned hardware store and one for Ace Hardware (with the logo visible).

Anyone know if this will get him sued if the logos are posted online? I read somewhere that as lo...
Searching using the USPTO website (TESS)

Searching using the USPTO website (TESS)

In Trademark Registration    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Anyone know the field code to search for a particular NOA date in the Free Form (advanced) functionality of the TESS online search facility? (ie: [FD] = Filing Date, [RD] = Registration Date.  It seems weird that there appears to be no way to search on a date as significant as the NOA date) Anyone have any insight?

Thanks in advance.
I Love NY website issue

I Love NY website issue

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hi, I own the website www.iloveanything.com  We sell custom "I heart" t-shirts that customers can make say they love (blank).  Recently I have been contacted by NYState Economic Development. Stating that I am infringing upon their trademark since I use an "I and a HEART".  They said something like I am creating an avenue or somebullnuts to infringe on their I love NY logo.  I told them we do not...
Phrase and website name

Phrase and website name

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I am a sole proprietor of a services business.  I am starting a blog for my company and have come up with a great name for it.  It has been suggested to me that I somehow "protect" this name/phrase as it could come in handy for a book title in the future; I might even start using it as the website for my company.

What is the appropriate protection for this name/phrase?  Should I seek to register a trademark for it?  (A quick search shows the phrase is a de...
TM used in website name/domain

TM used in website name/domain

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Hi, I've just launched a website providing information in a very specific field and named "great siesta" (fictional).

The word "siesta" (fictional) is a registered trademark of another firm which also provides information via the internet but on a different subject (currently there is not likehoold of confusion). This firm was created some years ago and his site is not so popular. It's not very probable that this firms will expand the subjects covered by its site ov...
NFL initials in website name

NFL initials in website name

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Is it a violation to use the initials "NFL" in a football related website name.  For ex.:  www . nflxxx . com
Using Pro Sports Logo

Using Pro Sports Logo's on a Fan/News website

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
My initial thought is that I can't... I'm talking about NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NLL, MLS, CFL, etc. Can these logos be used on a fan/news site? What about colors?
want my website name to be a trademark

want my website name to be a trademark

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I have a registered domain mytrademark.com
How do you think how much it will cost me to register it as a trademark?
My trademark is a succession of several consonants (no vowels) and it doesn't resembles any word in english or, I think, in any other language (although it may be a misspell for an english word. In google results page I see some ads or sponsored links for that word it resembles). It is an abbreviation of an english phrase, first letters taken from that phrase.
When I g...
Live scores web site

Live scores web site

In Famous Marks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I want to build a live scores web site that will provide info for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL games. I won't be able to use teas logos, but can I use the team names and show scores ? Would that require these legal ? Thanks.
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Violation question on new website

Violation question on new website

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
 I am thinking of developing a website as follows:


Page title: Cityname Buy and Sell

URL: citynamebuyandsell.com


Cityname  represents a city found  in a province in Canada.  Its fictional.

Found in the Canadian Trademark database (http://http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/cipo/trademarks/search/tmSearch.do) are the following registered trademark...
Tupperware to ask court to shut down critic

Tupperware to ask court to shut down critic's webs

In International Trademarks    -  updated on 11/11/2009
The Canadian arm of Tupperware Corp., a business built on cheery sales parties at which housewives learned to burp air out of plastic food storage boxes, is going to court today to try to shut down a website it says falsely accuses it of wanting to force its area distributors out of business, disband its party sales force and sell mainly through stores.



Tupperware Canada Inc., based in Markham, Ont., is particularly irate to see its differences with former distributors describ...
websites have similar names

websites have similar names

In Trademark Disputes    -  updated on 11/11/2009
Two websites exist with very similar names.
The only difference is the use of \" - \"in one of them.
The owner of one of these websites claims that the name is trademarked and the owner of the other site  is infringing upon the trademark by using the name. Neither of these sites are
business related ,although the second of the two has a store in which goods related to the site can be purchased.

Does the owner of the first site have any actual right to what he te...
A Company Stole My Websites Name

A Company Stole My Websites Name

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
My question is simple, but has a long story.

Back in May of 2002 I created a website called "PixelScripts" and put it online. First hosted at diaryland, then tripod, and now finally at jennithepirate.com.

Well, just a few days ago I came accross an e-company called "PixelScripts". I was shocked, and begin to investigate.

As it turned out, the company's domain was purchased September 2003, and the owner, "Jeff", claimed the copyright on the we...
Trademarking a name for website and business

Trademarking a name for website and business

In Copyright vs. Trademark    -  updated on 2/23/2010
Typically, what is the entire cost to trademark something? I want to start a website and trademark the name. Also, how long does the process take before its official? Also, whats the difference between copywriting and trademarking? I feel like I might need both. Thanks!