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Hi,.

I bought the domain vcards.asia and want to develop a electronic cards website..

Is there any TM issue?.

Thanks,.

Sukanta..

Comments (7)

First Step: look at uspto.gov, do a google search for tm's on vcards... however I suspect anyone would have a hard time tm'ing that generic term imho...

Comment #1

Thanks... Searched for vcard and found few entries in uspto. However this is realted to the vcard outlook format. Also, all vcard & vcards tld's are taken by different people.

I will probably take the risk...

Comment #2

Well if there are no tm's related to virtual 'cards' or -egreeting cards, you might be ok. Search google to see if other have been using it in commerce or not... in particular the other extensions...

Comment #3

Thanks. All tlds with vcards are regged to different people but all of them are parked. So I will take the risk of developing it...

Comment #4

First question, why would it be logical to look at the USPTO as a first move? You realize it is a .asia? I would look into the governing coutry's TM office first, and then go from there. I would also searcg Google to see how the term is being used and if there can be an argument for a common law TM. TM do not have to be registered to have TM protectiion...

Comment #5

Thanks a lot, DNQuest. As per my understanding, the main reason of searching .asia domain in USPTO is .asia domains are still under icann, which is a US organization.

Also, there are instances that US companies file lawsuit against non-US domains.

That is the reason, I was a bit concerned.

As I found in google, vcard is a format to send visiting cards and used by different companies like MS, Apple etc in their softwares...

Comment #6

Theoretically, ICANN is an international organization, not a US governing body. But still, .asia is geared towards Asian countries and they are the end user for this extension. So I would put more emphasis on those countries first.

Here is some interesting reading on vcard. I can't tell if this is a branding or functional name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VCard..

Comment #7


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