Is Your Domain Name A Trademark Infringement?

Written by Shelley Lowery

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As stated byrepparttar United States Patent and Trademark Office, "A mark composed of a domain name is registerable as a trademark or service mark only if it functions as a source identifier. The mark as depicted on repparttar 108310 specimens must be presented in a manner that will be perceived by potential purchasers as indicating source and not as merely an informational indication ofrepparttar 108311 domain name address used to access a web site." In other words,repparttar 108312 use of a domain name must not be used simply as an address to direct customers to your web site, but must be used to identifyrepparttar 108313 products or services ofrepparttar 108314 business claimingrepparttar 108315 trademark, which provides products or services viarepparttar 108316 Internet.

If you're inrepparttar 108317 market for a domain name, you may want to consider searchingrepparttar 108318 Trademark Electronic Search System, http:/ prior to registering a domain name. By researchingrepparttar 108319 trademark regulations and knowing your rights, whether you hold a trademark or a domain name, you may be able to avoid repparttar 108320 possibility of litigation.

Shelley Lowery is the author of the highly acclaimed ebook series, Web Design Mastery -- an in-depth guide to professional web design that is rapidly becoming known as the "Bible" for professional web design.

Think You Control Your Domain Name? Think Again!

Written by Butch Pujol

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What doesrepparttar technical contact control? Basically, where your Web site "lives." What happens if you submit a hosting transfer request and your technical contact (not you - someone atrepparttar 108309 business you got your domain name from) does not respond torepparttar 108310 message? Your domain name is trapped! Worse case scenario… your site is down for days or weeks because your Web site lives at one place, and your domain name lives somewhere else.

And finally,repparttar 108311 billing contact. At some point it will be time to renew your domain name registration. Most registrars send a notice torepparttar 108312 billing contact 30 days beforerepparttar 108313 payment is due. For whatever reason,repparttar 108314 person listed asrepparttar 108315 billing contact does not contact you aboutrepparttar 108316 renewal. You just lost your domain name due to expiration!

Your Domain Name Is Being Held Hostage

When a domain name registration company forces itself intorepparttar 108317 contact fields of your registration records, it's commonly know as being "held hostage."

I personally know of countless horror stories of online business owners who have fought tirelessly to "free" their domain names and regain control. They will be glad to tell yourepparttar 108318 woes of losing control of your URL. So what do you do about it? How do you get back full control of your business?

Steps To Take

Make sure when you register a domain name thatrepparttar 108319 registrant, administrative, technical and billing contacts are in your name. Just as soon as you receive confirmation and access information, log in and change any "forced" contact information to your name.

Use a contact email address you will always have. A good one isrepparttar 108320 one associated with your domain name. The email address on record must matchrepparttar 108321 email address you are sending a request from. If you use an email associated with your ISP (,, and later change ISPs, you'll have to make contact information corrections prior to making any transfers, etc.

And lastly, if at all possible, register with a company that provides you with a management or control center. This is - without a doubt -repparttar 108322 safest way to go.

·You won't have to wait for someone else to make needed changes.

·You won't have to ask anyone for permission to make changes.

·You will never be deniedrepparttar 108323 changes you need to make.

·You won't lose your domain name becauserepparttar 108324 company listed as "contact" closed or was bought out.

·You won't lose your domain name because you weren't notified ofrepparttar 108325 renewal date.

·You WILL be in full control ofrepparttar 108326 most important part of your company - your domain name.

Take back control of your domain name today. Makerepparttar 108327 necessary adjustments torepparttar 108328 contacts on record so that your URL can never be held hostage.

Butch Pujol is an online Consumer Advocate who helps you make the most of the Internet. He is the author of "The Consumer's Guide to Internet Safety & Online Professionalism" and founder of Safe Domain Solutions and Safe Internet Business Solutions Contact

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