Domain Names And Company Names Are NOT Trademarks!
A common misconception among new entrepreneurs is that owning a particular domain name and/or an incorporated business ("Acme, Inc." or "Acme, LLC" for example) conveys trademark rights - it doesn't! Although some domains ARE trademarks (think "google.com" or "yahoo.com") since their domain IS their business, the majority of domains are not trademarks. Similarly, incorporating a new business (in and of itself) does not create trademark rights.
While it is true that one does not need to have a Federally registered trademark to have trademark rights (U.S. states have "common law" rights), a Federal trademark registration provides the best and most thorough protection against potential infringers.
If you are considering registering a trademark, don't hesitate to contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.
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