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Domain names and intent to use trademark applications

patentandtrademarkpatentandtrademark subscriber Posts: 103
edited June 2009 in Marketing
As some of you may know, one difference between registering a domain name and filing a trademark application is that the trademark application requires that the trademark eventually be used in commerce.  You can temporarily reserve both.  For the trademark application, you need what is called a bona fide intent to use that trademark.


What do you need in order to prove that you intend to use the trademark in the future?  Is your word alone good enough?  If you can’t prove that you intend to use the trademark in the future, you can have some serious problems in the USPTO – like having the trademark registration opposed, or cancelled. 


Since LegalZoom (or other form-filling-out websites) can’t give you legal advice, how could you determine whether you meet the requirements for a bona fide intent to use if you are using such a website?

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