Well if they don't have a trade mark than sure. if they do have a trademark, than you better not..
Usage is an IMPORTANT part of TM law. Also generic terms like APPLE are based solely on usage while Microsoft isn't generic and easier for them to protect.
I can open a car dealership called Apple Cars and Apple Computer can't do a thing about it. And I would be within my rights to own Apple.net.
Hope that helps. Do some reading of previous posts here in this category and you will see pretty much how things work...
GENERALLY, a company can not trademark a dictionary word. There are exceptions, however.
Check for trademarks here: http://www.uspto.gov/..
Thanks, Great link. I will try to find the domain name which I am going to reg. If there is not, I will go for it..
Thanks again ,labrocca and JRBHosting..
You are oversimplifying that. Generally companies often DO trademark dictionary words. However it's the usage that gets tied into the mark. You can't have one without the other. So I can't just go out and TM dictionary words that aren't being used in commerce. Also terms can't be TMed if they are used in the generic sense of the word, i.e. monitor can't be TMed for a company making computer monitors but it could be used by a restaurant or bar!..
Wow, misinformation at it's best. Just becuase you might think this statement is true, that is far from the truth. You will be amazed how many (dictionary) words are TMed if you did a little bit of research. Labrocca was being very kind with his posting and you read what he wrote again.
You can't just make statement like this in the legals, and quite honestly, it is a bit irresponsible. Anyone new to this business (and JRB), please use the search box and type in "trademark" then read for a week. You will see what we mean.
Labrocca, there is an Apple dealership already in exsistance..
Yes there are a lot of APPLE businesses mostly in NYC from it's old "Big Apple" campaign. I wonder why JRBhosting's account was closed?..