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Hello all,.

I plan to open an ecommerce website and have come up with a wonderful name but there is one catch. I'm wondering would it fall under TM/Copyright issues so please allow me to explain.

My name that I want is : Sec******* now the reason I ask is the "SEC" in the domain name most football fans will recognize this to be the best division for college football....."Go Dawgs!" anyhow would simply having sec in front of another sport say for example: secbowling would simply having these three letters suggest stepping on fingers and Tm's ??.

And the name I want is a sport but nothing the sec deals with and honestly I don't want anything to do with them at all. I just like the name because you recognize it as the South East Conference which includes the states around me etc.

Please advise before I purchase the domain as I don't want any trouble especially years down the road when I have built my ecommerce website.



Comments (6)

What country are you referring to?.

Trademark Laws are different in each country.



Comment #1

My apologies Im in USA sorry I didn't mention this as it's actually quite important.

Thanks for any feedback coreyg..

Comment #2 shows lots of assorted tm's.

It depends how you use it. it is good to get a legal opinion from an attorney...

Comment #3

I really can't afford to get a legal opinion from an attorney the true answer I need is simple.....Is using the letters SEC in front of a sport a trademark issues ....for example SEChunting now I'm unaware of any such thing but could be wrong but thats not the site I want to open just an example.

Thanks for any feedback at all...

Comment #4

It can be, especially if the football folks can show likelihood of confusion can.

Occur. The letters S-E-C can mean anything, but combined with other things.

(like what you're exploring) can still create trademark issues.

Maybe not for bowling, but that might not stop them from tackling you down...

Comment #5

The most obvious marks with SEC are either design marks or stylized words. A *quick* look at the most obvious shows no typed drawings or marks with standard character claims. Of course there is always that most annoying of all to worry about: "common law marks" which can always create problems.

I am a football *fanatic*, just a few clicks shy of painting the team logo on my chest (yeah, weird for a math geek, I know). The FIRST thing that came to mind when I saw the thread was Securities and Exchange Commission.

I may be way wrong on this but I can't see a strong claim... but you never know. Be interesting to see what the lawyers have to say about this...

Comment #6

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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