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'Closeness' to a TM

Discussion in 'Domain Name Disputes' started by nickynoodles, Jan 25, 2010.

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  1. nickynoodles

    nickynoodles Active Member

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    Say someone has a trademark and site

    MyWidgets.co.uk

    I have a domain

    MoreWidgets.co.uk

    Could that be seen as being too near to their TM and would they have any grounds for a dispute ... in your opinion?
     
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    Impossible to say without knowing how distinctive the mark is.

    Generally if it was likely to cause confusion with the public and you operate in the same area then you're liable
     
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    accelerator Well-Known Member

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    Going purely by your example, with two different words My and More, I'd say it was ok ... but as ever exact detail needed ... you can PM me the real names if you like, I promise I won't reg them.

    Rgds
     
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    Good points there Sean. Here is a good example of an existing TM which looks like another famous name, but is a legitimate TM in its own right:

    Intellectual Property Office - Results
     
  6. nickynoodles

    nickynoodles Active Member

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    Thanks for the input. I think my concern is that, in this case, I would be in the same classification as the 'MyWidgets' trademark.

    I'll probably avoid using the domain as there's some doubt in my mind and I wouldn't have the time or money to defend myself.
     
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    Widgets is not a unique word so i wouldn't worry unless you regged something like JohnSmithswidgets.com

    As for micro & soft it is a completely different type of businees to Microsoft, i do remember a guy who set up ' Mike Rowe Soft ' as his trademark however he did sell computer software.

    Don't lose any sleep over it ;)
     
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