Stopping Blogspot Subdomains

16 01 2009

Dear Rich: I have a question. My business partner and I have acquired trademark registration for the name of our business. We bought the domain name (.com),¬†as well as about nine different extensions (.net, .org, etc.), and plural versions in nine extensions as well. We also have registered copyright protection on the name. I was going to use the name for a blog at the Blogspot domain — but it is already taken. (The person who had it is no longer using it and has started a different blog.) Do we have any legal rights to the name when it is used as part of the domain name at Blogspot. If so, can we ask a confusingly similar website/blog to cease and desist? I’m so glad you asked. The short answer to your questions is, “Probably.”

In your case, you registered in two classes and one of them included “On-line journals, namely, blogs featuring self-help, personal growth, and gratitude.”

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