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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TRADEMARKS


What is a trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, slogan, or logo used by an entity to identify its goods and services and distinguish them from the goods and services of another.

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Am I responsible for determining whether or not the domain name I would like to register violates or infringes someone else's trademark?
Yes.   As part of the registration process, you are required to represent that, to the best of the your knowledge and belief, neither the registration of the domain name you seek to register nor the manner in which it will be directly or indirectly used will infringe the legal rights of a third party.

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How can I uncover potential conflicts with a third party's trademark?
If you would like to uncover potential trademark conflicts with a third party's trademark, you may conduct a search of trademarks registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for free by clicking here.  Please note that this is a free service, offered by Identity Research Corporation, not Nic AG.

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What happens if a third party claims that my domain name violates their trademark?
Please click here to view Nic AG's Frequently Asked Questions about domain name disputes.

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Does Nic AG allow trademarked domain names to be registered?
Nic AG is not responsible for determining the legality of a domain name registration.  In the event that a potential registrant registers a trademarked word, phrase, slogan or name as a domain name, Nic AG has no responsibility to prevent the registration or mediate disputes between a domain name holder and another party.

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What happens to my domain name in the event of a Trademark conflict?
In the event that your registered domain name is in conflict with a registered Trademark or Service Mark, and is the subject of a domain name dispute under Nic AG's Dispute Policy, located at http://www.nic.ag/dispute_policy.htm, the domain name remains active on the Internet, but cannot be transferred to another registrar or registrant until the dispute has been resolved.  After the dispute has been resolved, the domain name will be released for use to the Registrant, according to the terms established by the dispute resolution provider.  For a list of dispute resolution providers, please click here.

 

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