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Approaching company to buy domain with trademarked term?

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  1. tman United Kingdom

    tman Member

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    Hi,

    Would love any input here.

    I bought a dictionary word domain last year, one you probably wouldn't use in your day to day life but it's not an obscure word.

    I just saw that it's up for renewal and did a bit of googling and found a company in the UK who trade under [my-domain-word]media.co.uk.

    I also checked and they own the trademark to that word in their industry.

    I am wondering if it's fine to approach them to purchase the domain and if this is something people have done/do?

    Would appreciate your replies!

    Thanks
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    You'd possibly be giving them reason to grab the domain via DRS, with proof that its a bad faith registration (ie bought with intention of selling to them ) ??
     
  4. tman United Kingdom

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    Thanks for your reply. Yes this was my worry. I thought it was a good domain to buy, I didn't know they existed at the time. I've have had it almost a year but haven't had time to do anything with it so thought selling to them would be a good option.
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    I think if its a genuine generic dictionary word and could apply to various businesses you may be okay if they did a DRS, but the approaching them bit may be giving them ammunition to use against you.

    Think there are a few here who have been through similar. Hopefully someone will see
     
  6. tman United Kingdom

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    Thanks again, I guess approaching them may not be the smartest move. It just got me thinking as I got an email saying it's up for renewal. Maybe just renewing is my best bet.