Can I Trademark a Domain Name?
A domain name is absolutely trademarkable as long you are using your domain name to promote the goods and services your business provides. Because trademarking your domain name is so important in today’s high stakes world of internet commerce, we often recommend that getting the trademark registration process started is one of the first things you should do as a new business owner. After all, who doesn’t want to protect the name of their website from use by their competitors. The last thing you need when you’re trying to grow your business is to find that your closest competitor is capitalizing on the goodwill you’ve built for your own brand.
On another note, a comprehensive trademark clearance search is one of the first things you should hire a trademark attorney for before you even begin to file the documents necessary to get your business up and running. Helping businesses get off to a good start is what we do best at Norton Law Corporation, and after you’ve settled on a couple of unique names for your business, a clearance search is a must, as there is always a possibility that someone else is already using the same name or something substantially similar. We’ve seen it happen before—your business is running, everything is going smoothly, then you get the cease and desist letter telling you that you must stop operating your business under the brand you’ve worked so hard to build.
If you are in the process of starting your own business and you’d like to trademark your domain name, contact us today to speak with trademark attorney Eric Norton to discuss the importance of trademarking your business’s domain name. And if a cybersquatter has already taken a domain name that corresponds to your brand, we can help you resolve the domain name dispute as well.