I don't know about the UK but in the US you can use " to indicate you're claiming TM rights (could be used while your formal application is pending review). So it's nothing official..
When your TM is filed you can use..
Same applies in the UK. Depending on the name, TM concern is usually wrt infringement and that is product specific. Dilution is a concern if the name were a famous mark, eg Disney. But I am no lawyer.....
Would depend on the context...
If I tried to TM "Pear" as my mark for a business that deals primarily in the selling of pomaceous fruit produced by a tree of genus Pyrus, I'd have that mark declined, but if I went back and tried to TM "Pear" for a line of ceiling fans...
Having a TM declined could point to a fatal flaw, but could also be a procedural issue, or an error in filing, and noting a past application was declined is not sufficient to say a TM does not exist.
Thanks for the replies so far.
A couple of nice members have said it may help if I say the name so.
I was actually just searching names that I thought would fit .tv and the fact the uk loves price comparrison sites...
Thats too generic.
I don't think you should have a problem, but please do check whether the site using the TM mark has filed a tm for the same.
It would also depend on your usage of the domain, but not many uses you can put this to...
Whether holiday and supermarket are together or not really shouldn't matter... if either or both are used for it's descriptive meaning, at least in the US, you cannot get a TM. If the .com site fits the descriptive meaning, then they really can't honestly claim TM rights IMO. If your plans are for the descriptive meaning, you should be fine.
It won't stop them from trying though, however based on what you have given, it is very likely they will just fall flat on their face if they try to take the name on TM infringement.
The above poster used Pears as an example... another famous example is Apple. You can't use Apple.com to sell apples and be able to claim TM, however you can use Apple.com to sell pc's and get a tm...
I have repped you for this (very helpful to me) and another thread.